Middle East

Jul 31, 2012

Syria solution needed to prevent regional war

The threat of a war with Israel coincides with a failure by Syrian rebels to make serious gains on the ground. Australian journalist Antoun Issa reports from Beirut.

Talk of the Syrian crisis in the past week has taken a sharp shift away from internal dynamics and towards foreign military intervention. Grabbing headlines has been the growing anxiety of Syria’s large stockpile of chemical weapons, amid threats and counter threats from regional powers of an all-out war.

Israel has been leading the chorus of concern, issuing almost daily threats of military action against Syria and Lebanon should the Syrian regime transfer its arsenal to Hezbollah, or if they fall into the hands of Qatari and Saudi-backed Islamist insurgents leading the fight against President Bashar al-Assad.

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  1. AR

    I am astonished (though the newspaper name is some hint) that this correspondent’s banal cut’n’paste was printed – so many non sequitors, a common problem when scissors are the prime analytic tool.
    The greatest gaffe however is the suggestion that Israel would “intervene” (or strike as Issa so colourfully puts it) – to what end?
    The author acknowledges that Israel considers the chemical weapons safe under Assad’s control, as is Israel itself – far from being the old “foe”, Syria has been the least of Israel’s concerns for 30+ yrs (the bombing of the reactor was just plain stoopid, meant to appease the Eretz faction). Why would they want a bunch of fundi nutters, backed by Saudi Wahabists & Salafis, to take over?

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