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Syria accuses US of serving Israeli interests
Jerusalem Post/Associated Press ^ | Mar. 31, 2003

Posted on 03/31/2003 8:00:52 AM PST by Asher

Mar. 31, 2003

Syria accuses US of serving Israeli interests



Responding to US criticism, Syria came out firmly behind Iraq on Monday, saying the US-led invasion was illegitimate and unjustified.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry also accused Washington of catering to Israeli interests in the Middle East.

The Syrian comments came a day after US Secretary of State Colin Powell told Syria to cease its support for terrorism, suggesting it would otherwise face grave consequences.

"Syria now faces a critical choice" of whether to "continue its direct support for terrorism in the dying days" of President Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq, Powell said in a strongly worded speech Sunday to a pro-Israeli lobby.

"Syria bears responsibility for its choices and consequences," he added sternly.

Powell's comments came on the heels of an accusation by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that Syria was supplying Iraq with military equipment, including night-vision goggles.

"It is clear from (Powell's) speech that he was submitting a report on his latest achievements which confirm that what the US administration is doing in our region serves Israel and its interests and pleases (Israeli Prime Minister Ariel) Sharon," a Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday.

"By doing that, the employees of this (US) administration get a report for good behavior from Israel," the spokesman added in a statement faxed to The Associated Press.

The statement said Syria has already made its choice: "Syria has chosen to be with international legality represented by the United Nations Security Council." "Syria has also chosen to stand by the Iraqi people who are facing an illegitimate and unjustified invasion," the statement said.

According to some Arab and international media outlets, large numbers of Syrian and other Arab volunteers are believed to be traveling to Iraq through Syria to fight alongside the Iraqi people.

The Syrian government has not commented on the reports. An official at the Iraqi Embassy in Damascus said Monday he had no information on the reports.

Syria has rejected Rumsfeld's charge of military supplies to Iraq as an American bid to cover up its battlefield failures.

On Sunday, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa said "Syria has a national interest in the expulsion of the invaders from Iraq" and accused the US of being "shortsighted and ignorant of the region's history and culture."

On Monday, some 400 Syrian women chanted anti-US slogans during a demonstration in downtown Damascus.

The women, most wearing veils, waved Syrian, Iraqi and Palestinian flags as they marched in the protest held near a district in the capital housing several Arab embassies. More than 100 baton-wielding riot police ringed the area.

"Bush, Blair, go away," one banner read. "No to American terrorism," read another.

Syrian newspapers, meanwhile, kept up their fierce criticism of the war on Iraq.

The official Baath newspaper Monday said the Iraqi resistance "has forced Pentagon's hawks to show their true face and the fact that they have come to occupy Iraq and seize its natural resources, particularly oil."

TOPICS: Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events
"The Syrian Foreign Ministry also accused Washington of catering to Israeli interests in the Middle East."

Perhaps Buchanan's now advising the Syrian government.

Some help please. I keep seeing this slogan "Go Pat go." Where actually is he meant to be going?

1 posted on 03/31/2003 8:00:52 AM PST by Asher
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To: Asher
The ball is in your court Syria and the clock is ticking

2 posted on 03/31/2003 8:04:02 AM PST by Rams82
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To: Asher
away I hope!
3 posted on 03/31/2003 8:04:20 AM PST by cochise1
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To: cochise1
It's the Joooos, it's always the Joooos with the Arabs.
4 posted on 03/31/2003 8:05:21 AM PST by tomahawk
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To: Asher
Since Islamic Jihad claims they've sent 4000 suicide bombers to kill American troops, and they're headquartered in Syria, and Syria has refused to do anything about those headquarters (they're press offices!), I think we have enough on Syria to decide what to do about them. (Wow...long sentence)
5 posted on 03/31/2003 8:07:44 AM PST by EvilOverlord (Body armor goes well with ANY outfit)
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To: Asher
The ME is so predictable. When pushed against the wall, the Arabs play the race ("Israel") card. But not to worry, Syria should be getting their spanking in due time.
6 posted on 03/31/2003 8:09:05 AM PST by CatOwner
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To: Asher
Hey Syria! Shut the Heck up!

Don't make us come over there....

7 posted on 03/31/2003 8:09:58 AM PST by Portnoy (No complaints long as I'm fly fishing.)
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To: Asher
Same ol' same ol'. Syria's never been shy about its sympathies and support for terrorists. In all the security council meetings that were intended to confront the Iraq crisis, Syria's foreign minister raved on and on about Israel; maybe he mentioned Iraq once. What IS it about the obsessive-compulsive nature of ME people that they can't ever focus on reality? How long does Syria intend to occupy the sovereign nation of Lebanon before they stop casting stones at Israel for occupying its OWN land?
8 posted on 03/31/2003 8:42:27 AM PST by DontMessWithMyCountry (It's serious business being an American in America these days.)
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To: DontMessWithMyCountry
It appears that Syria is trying to butt in line in front of Iran and N. Korea....
9 posted on 03/31/2003 8:43:37 AM PST by Mr. Bird
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