It is Israel's almost daily threats against its neighbours that will plunge the ME into war, not the imagined threats from Syria, Lebanon or Iran. Hilary Clinton is deceiving herself if she believes that establishing a presence in Damascus will give the US "a greater ability to convey strong and clear messages aimed at changing Syria's behaviour". That approach hasn't worked in Tel Aviv has it.
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from the article: Clinton: Syria's provocations may plunge Middle East into war