blogenlust
12.26.2004

Syria? Why not.


Now that Christmas is over, we can forget all that peace on earth and goodwill towards men shit. Syria, bitches!!
The US is contemplating incursions into Syrian territory in an attempt to kill or capture Iraqi Ba'athists who, it believes, are directing at least part of the attacks against US targets in Iraq, a senior administration official told The Jerusalem Post. The official said that fresh sanctions are likely to be implemented, but added that the US needs to be more "aggressive" after Tuesday's deadly attack on a US base in Mosul. The comment suggested that the US believes the attack on the mess tent, in which 22 people were killed, may have been coordinated from inside Syrian territory. "I think the sanctions are one thing. But I think the other thing [the Syrians] have got to start worrying about is whether we would take cross-border military action in hot pursuit or something like that. In other words, nothing like full-scale military hostilities. But when you're being attacked from safe havens across the border – we've been through this a lot of times before – we're just not going to sit there. "You get a tragedy [like the attack in Mosul] and it reminds people that it is still a very serious problem. If I were Syria, I'd be worried," the senior administration official said.
It's funny they should mention this. Just yesterday I caught myself thinking, "WTF? 2001, 2003, 2005? Isn't it about time we invade another country?" In all seriousness, even if the insurgency is being directed out of Syria, the simple fact is that if the conditions in Iraq were better, the insurgency wouldn't be so popular. Invading or attacking Syria will do nothing to improve those conditions, and if the past is prologue in anyway, it will make the situation even worse. Not like that will stop us or anything. Hopefully, an article like this is nothing more than a way this Administration thinks it can pressure Syria into stopping whatever it may be doing. Even I don't think this Administration is stupid enough to widen the war at this point. But, then again, stranger things have happened.