Déjè Vu All Over Again? U.S., Israel Escalate Threats Against Syria

Williams, Ian
January 2004
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs;Jan/Feb2004, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p11
At the end of November, former head of Israeli military intelligence Major-General Shlomo Gazit accused Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon of trying to provoke a fight with Syria to provide an excuse for an Israeli attack. An attack on Syria would provide an election-year scapegoat for the failure in Iraq, where the lack of success is certain to be an issue. Recent months have seen a resurgence in the type of accusations made in the immediate aftermath of the Iraq invasion, the missing Iraqi weapons that some hint are hidden in Syria. The U.S. also has complained about Syrian, and indeed Iranian, sponsorship of terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. Although no one except Israel and Washington and a few diehard allies define Hezbollah as terrorists, the administration's promiscuous use of the word is geared toward a domestic audience, a strategy that worked very well in the case of Iraq, and is easily transferable to Syria.


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