Monday, September 12, 2005

Syria Given Stern Warning By US Ambassador to Iraq

The U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, noting that Syria has become a staging ground for foreign terrorists entering Iraq, has given the Syrian government a clear warning: "...all options are on the table."

From The Daily Star (Lebanon):
The U.S. warning comes as thousands of U.S. and Iraqi forces continued a major assault in the town of TalAfar near the Syrian border, that has left up to 200 insurgents dead.

Speaking to reporters at the State Department, U.S. ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad said: "Our patience is running out, the patience of Iraqis are running out. The time for decision ... has arrived for Damascus."

Khalilzad refused to rule out either a military strike on Syria or an attempt to further punish Syria through the United Nations Security Council.

"All options are on the table," he warned.

"I would not like to elaborate more, they should understand what I mean," he added.
These are particularly strong words, coming as they do, from a diplomat. Since Syria's complicity in the terrorism compromises the security of Iraqi citizens, I propose a Khadaffi-style bombing mission targeting Syrian president Bashar Al Asad's boudoir.

Separated at birth?

This is only one of the stories you would have heard on your nightly news broadcast if the major networks weren't busy misreporting the Hurricane Katrina story.