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Syrians Demand Military Action To Reclaim Golan Heights
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-18-2006 | Patrick Bishop

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

(Filed: 18/08/2006)

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."


TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: action; arabworld; demand; geopolitics; golan; heights; israel; middleeast; military; reclaim; syrians
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Oops!

Just ask Olmert, he'll give it back.

Looks like the Israeli's are gonna need some more ammo and bombs.

1 posted on 08/17/2006 6:41:48 PM PDT by blam
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The first bomb should be Olmert's ass strapped to a skip dropped from a C-130.


2 posted on 08/17/2006 6:44:18 PM PDT by caisson71
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To: blam

Looks like syria will be crying about excessive force soon


3 posted on 08/17/2006 6:46:33 PM PDT by italianquaker (Democrats and media can't win elections at least they can win their phony polls.)
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To: blam

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.


4 posted on 08/17/2006 6:50:22 PM PDT by rbg81 (1)
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To: blam
They (Syria) have already attacked the Golan Heights area, in the past, but are too ashamed to do it themselves, so they fund the mercenaries known as Hezbollah, same as Iran does.

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 !

5 posted on 08/17/2006 6:50:33 PM PDT by traditional1
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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.


6 posted on 08/17/2006 6:50:34 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: blam

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.


7 posted on 08/17/2006 6:51:15 PM PDT by Axhandle
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To: italianquaker

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.


8 posted on 08/17/2006 6:52:43 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("If you liked what Liberal Leadership did for Israel, you'll LOVE what it can do for America!")
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To: italianquaker

Yes, hopefully from them US and Britain. The snake shouldn't bitch about sharp fangs.


9 posted on 08/17/2006 6:52:50 PM PDT by Safetgiver (Stinko De mayo, Stinko to the Commies.)
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To: traditional1

The only understand force and it embarrasses them every time the Israelis throw them an a$$ whooping.


10 posted on 08/17/2006 6:53:58 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("If you liked what Liberal Leadership did for Israel, you'll LOVE what it can do for America!")
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To: blam

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


11 posted on 08/17/2006 6:54:15 PM PDT by avacado
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To: EQAndyBuzz

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The only understand force and it embarrasses them every time the Israelis throw them an a$$ whooping.
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Very, very true!!! Well said!


12 posted on 08/17/2006 6:55:14 PM PDT by avacado
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To: blam

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!!


13 posted on 08/17/2006 6:56:36 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX)
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No Nation Building this time MR. Bush. Not one dime. Just good old fashioned butt spanking RETRIBUTION.


14 posted on 08/17/2006 6:57:11 PM PDT by samadams2000
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To: EQAndyBuzz

"It amazes me how the MSM created a Hezbollah juggernaut."

Israel helped


15 posted on 08/17/2006 6:57:16 PM PDT by Shermy (A louder mime)
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To: blam

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...

Semper Fi


16 posted on 08/17/2006 6:59:31 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
It amazes me how the MSM created a Hezbollah juggernaut.

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.

17 posted on 08/17/2006 7:00:18 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Shermy; EQAndyBuzz

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.


18 posted on 08/17/2006 7:02:54 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it! Supporting our troops means praying for them to WIN!)
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To: blam; All

19 posted on 08/17/2006 7:02:57 PM PDT by avacado
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To: avacado

Twins? Fredo Coreleone Assad's little brother?


20 posted on 08/17/2006 7:07:17 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Civilization and democracy are under attack in Israel. Stand by her.)
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