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    • Ahasverus
    • 03.08.10 | 19:21 (IDT)

    Again Syria is paying lip service to the stability of Lebanon by issuing bombastic big talk. What will this Assad regime do for the sake of Lebanon? In the past intervention in Lebanon always cost Syria dearly and they should not foster any hopes of faring better now. The demise of their splendid air force by Israel in the skies over Lebanon in 1982 should be a sobering remembrance for them. The young Assad is old enough to have memories of this. At least at that time he was clever enough not to follow the footsteps of his father, who was a pilot, but to opt for a civil career by studying ophthalmology in London instead. However, studying for several years in a Western democracy did not much to advance his views on democracy and human rights. Back in Syria after the death of his brother, who was groomed by the old Assad in the skills required for ruling this pariah state, he soon relapsed to his old and violent upbringing and now rules present day Syria in the style of his late father, who had no qualms in crushing civil revolts like in Hama in 1981. Now the son says he will support Lebanon. Lebanon can consider this a threat in disguise. Bashar Assad ruined already enough in neighbour state Lebanon and should stay out for good. If he wants to play the military man he should don a fancy military uniform, pin up the insignia he likes and move tin soldiers in his war room. It will be a victory for everyone.

    from the article: Assad: We'll support Lebanon in face of criminal Israeli aggression
    First published 17:31 03.08.10 | Last updated 17:31 03.08.10
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