Thursday, November 30, 2006

Baker Commission Sends A Signal Of Weakness To Iran And Syria

Events in Lebanon seem to be about to send clear messages to the United States: Appeasement won't work to rein in Iran and Syria, number one, and the U.S. can't safely retreat in Iraq or the Middle East in general.

The Iranian and Syrian stooge, the Hezbollah, terrorist organization, now says it will begin open-ended demonstrations to bring down the pro-Western Lebanese government at 3 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 1.

This operation, if successful, would implant Iranian power on the shores of the Mediterranean and very well could cause a spread of the Sunni-Shiite war that has begun in Iraq all over the Middle East. It would be an event of the most profound and disturbing significance.

And what has cleared the way for such a disaster to take place? More than anything, at the present moment, it is the Baker Commission, and also, I believe, President Bush's ill-fated trip to Jordan to see the Shiite-sympathizing premier of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki.

The commission has been sending signals it believes America ought to ease its way out of Iraq. And in going to Jordan, where he was briefly snubbed by Maliki, Mr. Bush conveyed the impression he might eventually be willing to go along, despite statements he has made to the contrary.

The Baker Commission has also indicated it believes the U.S. ought to open diplomatic talks with Iran and Syria.

Iran has a Nazi as its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Syria has a thug, Bashar Assad. Both governments fit the definition of militant fascists, and both have undoubtedly taken the Baker commission, and the results of the American Mid Term elections, as signs the U.S. has lost spirit and is ready to throw in the towel in Iraq and elsewhere in the region.

I believe this is a mistake, that when push comes to shove, the U.S. will not withdraw from Iraq, despite all the discouraging developments there. But for the time being, it looks to Iran and Syria that way, and it is under those circumstances in the aftermath of last summer's Israel-Hezbollah war that the two dictatorships have apparently decided to try and seize Lebanon.

We will see in the days ahead what transpires. But the outlook is dark. Already, assassinations probably sponsored by Syria, have disrupted the security of Lebanon. Now, it seems that Hezbollah will take over the state as a proxy for Iran and Syria. Already, Israel has warned that such a takeover would jeopardize the current United Nations forces in southern Lebanon, which, to some extent, have kept Hezbollah away from the Israeli border.

The Lebanese prime minister, Fouad Siniora, indicated today he and his government would be prepared to fight to maintain democracy in Lebanon, but, compared to Hezbollah and its Iranian and Syrian backers, the present government has inadequate military power to defend itself effectively.

The great majority of the American people seem to think presently there is, indeed, a way out of the Middle East that would preserve our power as a nation, and our position in that vital region.

I just don't believe there is, and fear the consequences of a withdrawal. The crunch is coming, and it may well be followed by another change of opinion in this country.

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