To understand Syria one must look at it's relations with it's neighbors. Now they are not Israel, a land of half Europeans, Jewish bearing a different culture. Syria is one of the gang, an essentail element that makes up the stink broth called the Arab world. To the north Syria shares a border with Turkey, which less than two years ago sent over fifty thousand troops to the border, threatening to attack Syria, for their support of Kurdish terror. To the East lies Iraq, another former Bathiist regime, which has been at logger heads with Syria for two generations. To the west is Lebanon, which is part of "Greater Syria", a land fallen victim to the grissly form of democracy the Assad's practice. To the south Jordan, which in 1972 called on the Israeli airforce to help them beat back a Syrian incursion. Syria has NO FRIENDS. I find it absurd that Israel is expected to be their only friend.
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from the article: Washington: There is no place yet for Syria in peace process