Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Iran seeks closer bonds with Syria against 'foes'


A day after devirginizing my blog with the opening post below, Michael Young writes this article in the Daily Star on the same subject. Michael’s analysis is certainly thought provoking but he fails to provide alternative solutions to Syria “foolhardiness” in allying with Iran at this delicate period.

It also makes one wonder if Michael sells-out his friends that quickly in real life? Does he chuck them out the window once they are no longer a significant “asset”? Even though I agree with him that Iran is the stronger partner of this relationship, Tehran is still as isolated and needs any ally it can get its hands on. Not to forget Syria’s stance against Saddam will not be easily forgotten by the “moralists” in Tehran.

I understand this is politics but Syria doesn’t seem to have any other option. Damascus tried bending backwards for Washington but the latter does not want to take notice or play fair. So Syria, and rightly so, has given up (temporarily) on playing nice.

Reiterating the American view that Syria needs to do more on the Iraqi border was the lowest point in this article. It was a cheap shot by all means because Young’s cannot be that stupid, and it doesn’t take a genius to know that the border issue is being leveraged by the American’s to continue pressuring Syria rather than it being the motivation for the pressure. Nevertheless the article worth a read.


Original Post:

The alliance between Syria and Iran has always been based on common interests rather than ideology. Syria’s government is secular while Iran continues to be run by conservative Islamic Shi’a clerics. But their common loathe for Saddam Hussein and American bias towards Israel, to their support for Hezbollah and weapon development cooperation. Both countries have relied on each other to avoid marginalization by the powers to be. But 2005 has held and will continue to hold enormous tests to this awkward friendship.

Iran continues to be drilled by the Euro-American “good cop/bad cop” campaign to deter it from developing its nuclear program. Syria on the other hand, and to put it mildly, is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Damascus has been under immense pressure from multiple directions and on different issues; controlling the Iraqi border, its presence in Lebanon, supporting Hezbollah and various Palestinian groups, the continuing conflict with Israel and last but not least being blamed for the assassinations in Lebanon.

Under these circumstances it is not surprising that both countries would search for strategic and possible military allies. Syria’s army is no match when compared to its Israeli counter part or the American military super-machine. Bringing Iran’s significant military force into play would probably make any country including the US think twice. But for Syria to align its self with a member of the “Axis of Evil” and “the world’s primary state sponsor of terror” is a double-edged sword. It can risk alienating itself further and damage its international public image.

But are there are any real alternatives out there? If Syria’s so called Arab “brothers” are either standing passively idle or actually participating in the pressure against Damascus. I guess its like that old saying goes “A friend in need is a friend indeed”

7 Comments:

At August 12, 2005 12:58 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mr. I. Criminal,

I just got back from a night of partying in Amsterdam. I spoke to a nice pair of Israelis, and that got me thinking. About what? Well, nothing in particular. Anyway...can you help me get laid?

 
At August 12, 2005 6:52 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At August 19, 2005 1:19 am, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

Innocent, attacking Young on a personal level won't deepen your analysis. To your knowledge, personal relations are not state relations. As said de Gaulle 'a man can have friends, a country never.' This is how the world works.

 
At September 04, 2005 5:43 am, Anonymous barney said...

I am really sort of surprised with your statement: "Damascus tried bending backwards for Washington but the latter does not want to take notice or play fair.": What I want to say is -- countries have never had to play fair in international affairs, except of course, during recorded photo-ops!!This is not a zero-sum game, Countries want to impose their policies on other folks, but the trick is to do that while looking as if you are acting fair!!!

Michael was not acting as a journalist but more like an opinion writer when he composed the article you refer to, You say: "Michael’s analysis is certainly thought provoking but he fails to provide alternative solutions to Syria “foolhardiness” in allying with Iran at this delicate period."
You are right, he does not provide alternate solutions, and THAT IS NOT HIS JOB!! If he made you think of the problems and possible solutions, then he did his job in an excellent way!!

I have tried to make two points, but am really interested in a third one real point, and that is: You further say that:"it doesn’t take a genius to know that the border issue is being leveraged by the American’s to continue pressuring Syria rather than it being the motivation for the pressure. . I think not. I believe that the main reason America wants the borders closed is so the insurgency will be slowed, then hopefully the Iraqi army will be able to take over and Bush can pull his troops out and send them home,

Note this and forget all the conspiracy-theory conjectures; MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, BUSH WANTS OUT OF IRAQ, but he wants to be assured that the country will stay together when he leaves it.

barney

 
At September 04, 2005 12:07 pm, Blogger Innocent_Criminal said...

I respected your opionion even if i disagreed with it until your last sentence. why did you have to go and fuck it all up?

 
At October 16, 2005 1:06 pm, Blogger Robert Lindsay said...

Innocent criminal, I agree with everything you say. Don't listen to these pro-
Zionist sellouts and these Maronite Zionist traitors. You got the right idea. The charges against Syria are all garbage dreamed up by this evil Zionist chancre. Syria is not responsible for the Iraq insurgency; that's just a Zionist lie. 100% of the latest propaganda emanating from the United Snakes is coming from a ZIONIST POV. There is no advantage to US to pursue this line outside of Zionism. Saudi Arabia causes far more problems in Iraq than Syria and Iran combined. The notion that Iran and Syria are causing the Iraqi insurgency is garbage; it all comes from this Zionist SCUM in Israel and their Gentile Zionist supporters in the US and the West. That includes Maronite dogs, who are lucky they are even allowed to live one more day in Lebanon, since they are traitors.

 
At November 08, 2005 5:14 pm, Blogger Innocent_Criminal said...

Robert, i am confused on whether i should have read sarcasim or just plain racism in your last comment. either way i disagree with you. but since i dont know which one you meant i wont explain myself just yet

 

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