Skip to comments.Syrians Demand Military Action To Reclaim Golan Heights
Posted on 08/17/2006 6:41:45 PM PDT by blam
Syrians demand military action to reclaim Golan Heights
By Patrick Bishop in Beirut
Bashar al-Assad praised Hizbollah's 'victory'
Pressure is mounting on Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, to follow Hizbollah's example and consider force to eject Israel from Syrian land that it has occupied for nearly 40 years.
The public appetite for action is just one of the uncomfortable consequences regional rulers are facing, as Arabs compare their leaders' performances over Israel with the Lebanese "resistance".
Mr Assad, who supports Hizbollah, was quick to praise the militia's "victory" in a post-conflict speech and to bathe in its reflected glory.
Their deeds, he said, had "shattered the myth of an invincible army". But his rhetoric has turned public attention once again to the problem of the Golan Heights, captured by Israel in 1967 and annexed in 1981.
"There is anger and daily demands by ordinary people to open this front," said Mohammed Habash, a leading Muslim moderate and member of the Syrian parliament, talking on the al-Arabiya television channel.
He proposed peace negotiations with a strict deadline of a year. If these failed, he said, the Syrians should "try to do what the Lebanese did in their own country".
An official government newspaper, al-Thawra, warned Israel this week that Syrians "will not allow our land to be occupied forever... you must understand that our people will fight the way the Lebanese resistance fought you".
But the idea of Mr Assad going to war with his massively more powerful neighbour has met with laughter in the Arab world. His father, Hafez al-Assad, liked to be known as the "Lion of Damascus". His son is considered to be mousy by comparison, particularly in pro-western Arab countries, whose leaders he attacked in his speech as "half-men in favour of half-solutions".
Jordan's al-Ghad newspaper remarked that "the Syrian president spoke as if he had just returned from the front line". The Saudi-owned Al-Sharq al-Awsat said that, since the loss of the Golan Heights, Syria "has not fired a single shot" at Israel.
Mr Assad's scramble to share Hizbollah's prestige reflects the standing that the organisation has won in 33 days of fighting. Arab nations had an unbroken record of defeat and humiliation at the hands of Israel, and what was no more than a successful defensive action has acquired the lustre of a great success.
Posters have appeared in Beirut showing the Hizbollah leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, and lorries mounted with Katyusha rockets alongside the words "The Divine Victory", written in English.
Saad Hariri, the leader of the biggest anti-Syria block in the Lebanese parliament, accused Damascus of exploiting the bloodshed and insisted that "the resistance is a product of [all] Lebanon". Meanwhile, Hizbollah has won praise from unlikely quarters. The liberal English language Daily Star newspaper carried a front-page editorial yesterday entitled: "Love it or hate it, Hizbollah has lessons for all Arabs."
Just ask Olmert, he'll give it back.
Looks like the Israeli's are gonna need some more ammo and bombs.
The first bomb should be Olmert's ass strapped to a skip dropped from a C-130.
Looks like syria will be crying about excessive force soon
I guess the genuises in the Arab street missed the fact that the Hezbollah "victory" was really a PR victory only. Sure it survived, but its facilities and arsenal were greatly diminished. Not as bad as it could have been for them if the Israeli leadership had more backbone, however.
In the case of Assad--I hope this blows back on him, big time.
It ain't rocket science when the Terrorists are too ashamed to wear the uniforms of the countries that sponsor them.
For all the talk of Martyrdom, these towel-heads are wussies who don't want to wear a uniform, and hide behind skirts and children....and they call themselves "men"? HA !
Give Hez about a month, then smash them again for good,
grind them to dust, then see what the arab street has to say.
The pencil neck geek of Syria would end up losing a lot more of Syria if he attacks the Golan. Which in itself would probably be a good thing.
The Bush administration might have gotten this one right. If the Arab world perceives a victory against Israel then they will hopefully pressure their leaders for military action against Israel. Israel wins that fight every time. And it diverts resources and recruits away from Iraq.
It amazes me how the MSM created a Hezbollah juggernaut.
This false sense of invincibility that the muzzies have right now is scary because it is going to encourage them to try something else.
Yes, hopefully from them US and Britain. The snake shouldn't bitch about sharp fangs.
The only understand force and it embarrasses them every time the Israelis throw them an a$$ whooping.
Great article! It seems all is not what it appears to be with the "tough" Arab street!
I am sure CNN will be reporting that the Arab world is laughing at Syria! /sarc
The only understand force and it embarrasses them every time the Israelis throw them an a$$ whooping.
Very, very true!!! Well said!
I'm still betting that Syria was the place where Saddam hid his WMDs--which they will turn loose on Israel once things get crazy again...
Another insane Muslim dictator/leader patterned after Hitler.
Great, just what the world needed when we already have too many of them!!
No Nation Building this time MR. Bush. Not one dime. Just good old fashioned butt spanking RETRIBUTION.
"It amazes me how the MSM created a Hezbollah juggernaut."
Until these lunatic overreaching assholes experience the full force of a modern military - they will continue to believe they can beat us in their Jihad...
Oh, yeah. Not that they wouldn't have anyway, but this particular outcome allows the Israelis to win every encounter and still lose the war because everybody says so.
The nice thing is that the turban boys always believe their own PR. And I suspect the Israelis may be changing their leadership soon - just a hunch. Whoever the new guy turns out to be had better have his act together because the Israelis can afford to lose in the press all they want but they can't afford to lose for real.
I disagree that Israel helped. Israel gets extorted over support by the few nations who mostly support her, and so she stops an offensive that she clearly was winning.
The IDF and IAF had pushed some 15 miles into Lebanon clearing out the Hezbollah as they went. Given time, they would have cleared out the entire nest.
But, it's hard working picking out civilian-attired combatants from the civilian population.
Had it been a war, they wouldn't have been so nice.
Twins? Fredo Coreleone Assad's little brother?
Let's hope that the Syrians are actually serious about this.
Posts such as that crack me up........
eXCELLANT, ARTICULATE POST!!!!!
i say we kick there ass take names and have a beer while doing it (:.
Really if you think about it, why should they wear uniforms and follow the Laws of Land Warfare?
We (and Israel) are already giving captured terrorists all the privileges of POWs - privileges that are only guaranteed to uniformed soldiers of a legitimate army answerable to a national government. Our enemies would gain no extra benefit from wearing uniforms because they are getting all of the benefits already, for nothing!
If we really wanted to make them wear uniforms, we'd be shooting them as spies at time of capture. Of course that would not be Pee Cee...instead it's 3 hots and a cot. You get to rest up until some liberal lawyer brings a lawsuit to get you released - and then it's back to killing infidels again.
Under those circumstances, who WOULD wear a uniform, especially when the Geneva Conv. and the rest of the Laws of War are foolish infidel concepts that you don't care about?
Oh please...they will never feel the full force of a modern military.
Gulf War 1 was (mark my words) the very LAST attempt of an Arab nation to fight a modern military in conventional warfare. After the Highway of Death, they will NEVER try it again. They learned their lesson from GW1 and have been practicing guerrilla tactics ever since.
From here on out no Arab nation will ever field any uniformed force against us. Everyone we kill will be in civvies, and the media will lap it up.
You are right on the money. That's the issue I saw when the ruling came down that the Gitmo prisoners were entitled to all the benefits of U.S. Citizens and legitimate "armies" (as opposed to the cutesy "enemy combatatants" phraseology used). We can't even call them Terrorists in the MSM!
There is so much give-away to non-qualified people by the U.S. from the Liberals and Pee Cee crowd (look at the illegal alien problems, and you see the same situation---freebies for NON-eligible people).
make that enemy "combatants"....I type too slow.
you know sometimes i really wonder about the American People.
Did anyone build the neutron bomb that was proposed in the 80's?
That should have occurred on 9/12/01.
What type of guerrilla tactics will Syria us to push Israel out of it's fixed positions on the Golan Heights?
My thoughts exactly...that this was pre-planned...pieces falling into place.
Olmert aside, this is the kind of war the IDF wants to fight. Armor vs armor, air force v air force. Syria and Assad should be very careful how they interpret what happened in Lebanon. It doesn't replicate if Syrian forces try to seize the Golan. If they try, Hezbollah may be the only serious Arab military left in the region, once the shooting stops.
They won't need to push Israel out. Israel will give up and leave on its own, just like it surrendered and left Lebanon. Just like it surrendered Gaza.
Actually, I doubt Hezbollah even cares about those positions on the Golan. If the artillery and troops in those fixed positions aren't doing anything, then Hez doesn't need to worry about them. A weapon is useless if it's never fired.
It's the same sort of calculation with America's nuclear weapons. You could ask the same question: "How could the Arabs ever beat us, we have nukes and they can't beat that!"
Well effectively, we don't have a single nuke in our arsenal. That is because we would never use them, and our enemies know it. Our enemies believe that we have completely lost the will to fight, so they are not too worries about anything we might threaten to do, because they know we won't follow up. Same applies to Israel.
I keep seeing posts like "Hezbollah is lucky because the IDF COULD have wiped them all out if they'd wanted to!" Well, I guess Israel didn't want to. Instead they surrendered and the sharks smell blood in the water.
Now the enemies of Israel know that they can fire 200 rockets a day into Israel and nothing will happen except a few blown up buildings. Yeah, a few Lebanese died, but muslim women all have 8 kids so who cares? Not Hezbollah, that's for sure.
Israel's enemies know it has lost the will to fight, and when it's got a group of committed, strong-willed people with knives who believe utterly in their cause, vs. a group of timid, weak, scared people who don't really want to fight - but have fighter planes and nukes - the smart money is on the knifemen every time.
I expect Hezbollah to join forces with Syria, first, as Israel is their common enemy, and second, as a thank-you for all the indispensible logistical support in the past years.
It does not really make any difference for Hezbollah if the Southern sector is controlled by the UN, because Hezbollah does not recognize the mandate/authority of the UN whatsoever. And the UN, being the UN, will probably sit back and let things happen as they happen.
Assuming they can cry from under the rubble of their bunkers.
Bashir is merely the Iranian mullahs' pencil necked rent boy..
If Israel loses the Golan it is finished.
He who controls the high ground wins the wars. And the Golan looks down on most all Israel.
But hey, many Jews there seem indifferent to destruction, just ask Olmert.
"Did anyone build the neutron bomb that was proposed in the 80's?"
Carter pulled the funding, if I recall.
It would seem to be the ultimate weapon, kill people, leave buildings. It would save lots of money in rebuild costs, and put the lie to Allah being the "one god". Leaflet Falluja, then destroy all that will not leave through checkpoints......Kinda like using Raid on cockroaches.
"It does not really make any difference for Hezbollah if the Southern sector is controlled by the UN, because Hezbollah does not recognize the mandate/authority of the UN whatsoever."
Neither should we
It is time Israel told Syria and Iran to evacuate their capitals within 48 hours.....
Cause next year, Hezzie rockets may well have Iranian WMDs on them.
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