Sunday, February 27, 2005

Syria Hands Over Terrorist. What Gives?

By Kevin D. Korenthal - 02-27-05

What gives with Syria is that President Bashir Assad sees (perhaps a little late and a little dimly) the writing on the wall. Thus they have handed a throw-away to Iraq, Saddam Hussein's half-brother and wanted terrorist Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan.

Obviously Syria is feeling the heat from anti-Syrian protesters in Lebanon and growing antipathy in the Middle East over Syria's overt meddling in Iraq.

The opposition to Syrian occupation has stepped up efforts and is putting together plans for a post-Syria Lebanon. One Lebanese resistance leader, some say the only leader that matters, Walid Jumblatt has indicated in very specific words that the days of the Syrian occupation of Lebanon are numbered. Most analysts in the region agree that Syria can not possibly hold on the Lebanon for much longer.

With President Bush and even France's Chirac putting the heat on Assad, it is only a matter of time before Syria pulls out. It's kind of ironic. The Arabs have been calling for America to leave Arab lands but it looks like it will be some of those that made that call that will be leaving Arab lands! Beautiful!

Whatever the case, whatever fish that Bashir Assad throws our way, Syria is about to leave Lebanon. Once Syria has lost control of Lebanon, the string that can unwind the entire Assad Regime will be exposed. If it can be pulled, a totally (as yet) unplanned bonus for Democracy in the Middle east could be in play. Furthermore, many analysts have opined that some of the precursor WMD materials that were originally in Iraq were transferred through the Bekka Valley of Lebanon to just over the border region between Lebanon and Syria. Once Syria is out of the area, a full exploration of the suspected route can be tested.