#98 Polybios - whaaaaat???? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Johnboy
    • 31.01.07 | 01:29 (IST)

    "unless the Golanis vote in a referendum to join Syria, it would violate their Human Rights to force them to become Syrians?" They are *already* Syrians, Polybios. Sovereignty is already vested in the State of Syria, and has been since that State was established in 1946. If the people in the Golan do not want to be Syrians any more then they can express that in any way they want - from polite letters to Assad all the way to a full-blown civil war. But the sovereign power has to cede sovereignty to them; Israel can't take that sovereignty off Syria by "bribing" the inhabitants with bread and honey and then saying "see, they don't wanna go back". Being citizens of a sovereign state does not "violate their Human Rights" - that is the inevitable result of their being born on the sovereign land of that state i.e. DENYING them Syrian citizenship would be a violation, not granting it to them. You are talking about self-determination, and you are making a poor fist of it.

    from the article: Was it a war of choice?
    First published 00:00 30.01.07 | Last updated 00:00 30.01.07
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