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Armitage Assures Syrians We Won't Get Them Next
Arabic News ^ | 4/9/2003 | N/A

Posted on 04/09/2003 1:52:47 PM PDT by Defiant

Armitaj: we will not attack Syria.. But our relations are difficult
Syria-USA, Politics, 4/9/2003

US Department of State official, Richard Armitaj, yesterday expressed his hope that Damascus would have stopped sending supplies and fighters to Iraq and blocked its borders before any non -humanitarian supplies.

He repeated his saying that the USA does not intent to attack Syria despite the many sources of "concerns from it." Armitaj was referring to the recent American accusations and criticism to Syria accusing it of providing Iraq of equipment of military and civilian use including night vision goggles as well as permitting Arab fighters to arrive in Iraq through Syria to fight against the US.

During his meeting with Arab media correspondents in Washington, Armitaj said that his government proposed "srong complaints to the Syrian government on our positions concerning the situation on the borders in recent weeks."

Armitaj's statements were in remarks to contacts between the Syrian and American governments through their embassies, before the public statements and warnings made recently between the US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, his deputy Paul Wolfwitz and the US Secretary of State Colin Powell. On fears of countries neighboring Iraq like Iran and Syria to be exposed to military attacks in the future, Armitaj said "we will not attack Syria."

In the course of his statement on the "successive steps" following the war against Iraq, he said that the American concentration now is on supporting Iraq to rule itself. But he indicated he expects the change in Iraq to have a direct influence on the neighboring countries.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iraqifreedom; next; postwariraq; richardarmitage; statedepartment; syria
What's this guy doing giving comfort to Syria when we should be making them quake in their boots? Powell has refused to clean house (of the Clintonites) at the State Dept. the way Rumsfeld did at the Pentagon. It's time.
1 posted on 04/09/2003 1:52:47 PM PDT by Defiant
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2 posted on 04/09/2003 1:54:06 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Defiant
Foggy Bottom strikes again.
3 posted on 04/09/2003 1:54:11 PM PDT by Wiggins
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To: Defiant
What's this guy doing giving comfort to Syria when we should be making them quake in their boots?

We don't want to lose the element of surprise.

4 posted on 04/09/2003 1:54:25 PM PDT by kevao
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To: Defiant
Umm ... Assyria is in Iraq.
5 posted on 04/09/2003 1:55:28 PM PDT by Maedhros (Forms were too often changed by quite respectable people into formulae.)
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To: Defiant; Admin Moderator
The title is incorrect and misleading: this has nothing to do with Assyrians (Syrians is not the same thing).

IF your follow the link, you will find the following title:

Armitaj: we will not attack Syria.. But our relations are difficult

Admin Moderator, please correct the title.

6 posted on 04/09/2003 1:56:49 PM PDT by TopQuark
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To: Defiant
Looks to me like this might be a veiled threat.
7 posted on 04/09/2003 1:57:18 PM PDT by Red Dog #1
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To: Maedhros
The historical Assyria stretches from Syria into Iraq, but is not "in" Iraq. Where do you think Syria's name comes from?
8 posted on 04/09/2003 1:57:45 PM PDT by Defiant (The Blazing Saddles Defense: "Don't shoot, or the Iraqi gets it!")
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To: Maedhros
You are right: most of it is in Iraq. But it does include some parts of western Syria as well.

I have no idea why Defiant decided to put in his own title.

9 posted on 04/09/2003 1:58:21 PM PDT by TopQuark
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To: Defiant
"Armitage Assures Assyrians"

Have him say something to the Philistines and Edomites as well.

;^)
10 posted on 04/09/2003 1:58:24 PM PDT by headsonpikes
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To: Defiant
And the Hittites; they're always neglected.
11 posted on 04/09/2003 1:59:33 PM PDT by headsonpikes
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To: Defiant
It's important that Syria (and Iran and North Korea and whoever else) see a way out. If they think we're going to invade them regardless there's no reason for them to stop supporting terror and reform their government. If we can get these countries in line without invasion it'll be better all around.
12 posted on 04/09/2003 2:01:22 PM PDT by discostu (I have not yet begun to drink)
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To: headsonpikes
What about the Moabites?
13 posted on 04/09/2003 2:02:35 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Defiant
Armitage is the most conservative person in the whole US government. He is also the toughest. This guy is a former Navy SEAL who at his advanced age can still bench 300 pounds. He is one of the few people in the State Department that I respect.
14 posted on 04/09/2003 2:06:38 PM PDT by ChicagoRepublican
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To: headsonpikes
LOL. I have no idea why this guy cares so much about Syria being identified with Assyria. The Assads and the ruling class of Syria are part of that odd sect of Islam that was popular with the Assyrians after the Moslem conquest, and are different from Iraqi Arabs, in spite of their professed Arab nationalism. I am just pointing out that now that we have taken out the successors to the Babylonians, we will have to pursue the successors to the Assyrians.
15 posted on 04/09/2003 2:08:35 PM PDT by Defiant (The Blazing Saddles Defense: "Don't shoot, or the Iraqi gets it!")
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To: ConservativeDude
"What about the Moabites?"

They p*ssed off God before the Arabs did. Gone.
16 posted on 04/09/2003 2:10:17 PM PDT by headsonpikes
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To: Defiant
I was just having fun...it's that kind of day. ;^)

And after the 'Assyrians', the Medes and Persians?

We'd best keep an eye peeled for the Scythians!
17 posted on 04/09/2003 2:13:21 PM PDT by headsonpikes
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To: headsonpikes
OK, Medes and Persians was a no-brainer. I'm impressed by the Scythian reference, though.
18 posted on 04/09/2003 2:15:51 PM PDT by NewMexLurker
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To: ConservativeDude
The Moabites are still waiting for the French to return their stone from the Louvre (it's a stone with an inscription by King Mesha from around 850 B.C.).

The ancient Assyrians lived in northern Iraq, but the name Assyrian is used by a present-day Christian church in the area (distinct from the Chaldeans, who are in union with Rome).

19 posted on 04/09/2003 2:15:55 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: headsonpikes
Like Mene mene tekel upharsin?

Your country for a bowl of lentils?
20 posted on 04/09/2003 2:16:08 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: discostu
I agree with you, and thought that a victory in Iraq would be a great help to bringing Syria into line. However, it looks like they may have decided to continue to oppose the US and throw in with terror, in spite of our success in the war. If they are hiding WMDs and Baath party officials in Syria, they will give us no choice but to put them on our "to do" list, instead of our "double secret probation" list.

Iran is in wait and see mode. North Korea is in "give China a chance to be responsible" mode. Syria is ripe for the picking, we just need to keep going west after Tikrit. If I were them, I'd start issuing soft cooing noises real fast.

21 posted on 04/09/2003 2:19:59 PM PDT by Defiant (The Blazing Saddles Defense: "Don't shoot, or the Iraqi gets it!")
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To: headsonpikes
Scythians at one point stretched from the bank of the Danube across to Afghanistan. An Iranian people, lost to history and many conquests.
22 posted on 04/09/2003 2:22:25 PM PDT by Defiant (The Blazing Saddles Defense: "Don't shoot, or the Iraqi gets it!")
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To: Defiant
"What's this guy doing giving comfort to Syria when we should be making them quake in their boots? Powell has refused to clean house (of the Clintonites) at the State Dept. the way Rumsfeld did at the Pentagon. It's time."

Amen! In fact way past time.

I don't trust the State Department (or Department of State) or Colin Powell. They were the main roadblock in our preventing the Sudanese Christian slaughter or helping them to defend themselves.

Syria should not only be next, they shoul just be a continuation of this current war. Syria is receiving Iraqi bad guys and war criminals fleeing Iraq. Syria is sending death squads and jihadists that just want to just kill Americans or die killing Americans...they're worse than Fedayeen and "elite" Republican Guards. Syria is home to Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hizbollah and a dozen other terrorist groups. Syria is probbably Israels biggest problem.

Personally, I don't care much for Powell, nor any of those over at the State Department. You are right, they are Clintonites and they can yet cause a big mess in the post-war Iraq with Powell and crew there all pro-U.N. and all.

It's funny they use the term "Assrya", because the old Assrya is Syria and Iraq. Let's make one big free, liberated democracy that includes Syria and Iraq with a large "state" for the Kurds.

23 posted on 04/09/2003 2:23:24 PM PDT by KriegerGeist ("The weapons of our warefare are not carnal, but mighty though God for pulling down of strongholds")
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To: Defiant
Ponder for a moment a classroom of 11 year-olds in the year 5003.

I wonder how many chapters of their history text will cover our times.

The French may disappear from history. ;^)
24 posted on 04/09/2003 2:30:59 PM PDT by headsonpikes
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To: Geist Krieger
It's funny they use the term "Assrya", because the old Assrya is Syria and Iraq. Let's make one big free, liberated democracy that includes Syria and Iraq with a large "state" for the Kurds.

As the controversy above shows, I used the term "assyria", not the article. I guess no one likes alliteration.

I like your idea of uniting Syria and Iraq, but it would probably get the Turks all riled up and we need them to at least stay on the sidelines right now, even if they are not acting like allies. You are absolutely right about all the terrorism headquartered in Syria, and there is little chance of reforming the regime. I have no problem with cleaning house while our army is right there. In fact, if they have received those WMDs, it is like a christmas present, because it gives us the excuse to do something we ought to do anyway.

25 posted on 04/09/2003 2:31:04 PM PDT by Defiant (The Blazing Saddles Defense: "Don't shoot, or the Iraqi gets it!")
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To: headsonpikes
The French may disappear from history. ;^)

Hmmmmm...I may adapt that joke.

A father and his young son are walking along the banks of the Sane River in EA (European America) in the year 2103.

Son: Dad, what's that tall iron thing?
Father: Son, that's the Eiffel Tower, built by the French over 200 years ago!
Son: Dad, who are the French?

26 posted on 04/09/2003 2:36:34 PM PDT by Defiant (The Blazing Saddles Defense: "Don't shoot, or the Iraqi gets it!")
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To: Defiant
Give it time, it's only been 21 days since the first bomb fell. All of the Arab world is going to be publicly pretty rude right now, back channels are the important thing and we'll never know what's going on there. At the end of this month, when the dust has settled some, we'll get a feel for where Syria et al stand.
27 posted on 04/09/2003 2:38:28 PM PDT by discostu (I have not yet begun to drink)
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To: TopQuark
TopQuark, I see the title Nanny has struck. Get a life!
28 posted on 04/09/2003 2:41:16 PM PDT by Defiant (The Blazing Saddles Defense: "Don't shoot, or the Iraqi gets it!")
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To: Defiant
Armitaj? What does D'iq Qu'eney say about this?
29 posted on 04/09/2003 3:02:08 PM PDT by jd777
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To: jd777
He said: Qrap, thiss iz stranj.
30 posted on 04/09/2003 3:16:40 PM PDT by Defiant (The Blazing Saddles Defense: "Don't shoot, or the Iraqi gets it!")
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To: Defiant
the last words of the title should be "This Week"
31 posted on 04/09/2003 3:18:43 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Defiant
What a silly remark: for someone who knows the difference it is misleading; it's like talking about Russia when you mean Egypt.

No need to be defensive.

FYI: I lead a pretty happ life; thanks for your concern, though.

32 posted on 04/09/2003 4:40:29 PM PDT by TopQuark
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To: TopQuark
What a silly thing, to actually complain to the Admin Moderator to get a title changed from "Assyrian" to "Syrian". How much time did it take you? And how about the busy moderator? Now consider: Did anyone really get "misled" by the title???? Did someone actually click on it thinking that we were in battles with "assyrians", and, once they saw the article referred to "syrians", they got pissed off and said "Damn, now I don't want to read that article?"

No, that's a silly scenario, and even a sillier waste of time to but the admin about it. Note it in a post if you can't see the alliterative virtue in the original title, but police your own threads if you don't mind and stop worrying about all those folks who get Assyrians confused with Babylonians.

33 posted on 04/09/2003 9:25:47 PM PDT by Defiant (The Blazing Saddles Defense: "Don't shoot, or the Iraqi gets it!")
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To: Defiant
I understand you better now and see where your emotions come from.

What a silly thing, to actually complain to the Admin Moderator I can see that you may be upset if you think that I complained to the moderator. I did not. Moderators are there to help and correct mistakes, not just answer complaints. YOu have noticed they move threads from one part of FR to another. You may have also seen the posters themselves saying, "Ooops, I meant this article for Chat and not News; moderator, please move it there."

You may have also seen people mistyping the title and aking the moderator to correct that. I myself have made such a mistake twice and the moderator helped me out to correct my mistake.

In other words, you see offense where there was none.

Did anyone really get "misled" by the title???? YEs I was.
stop worrying about all those folks who get Assyrians confused with Babylonians.

Your remark is a good example of how little knowlege may be more dangerous than no knowledge at all.

Assyrians are a large people that have suffered greatly not just throughout history but fairly recently, in the XX centuries. It is a fractured, religously diverse group. Mostly Chirstian, they have been oppressed by Saddam, along with the Sh'ia Muslims (Saddam is from a Sunni familiy), Kurds, and other minorities.

As we pushed into Iraq, there was a great danger that SAddam will use the pretext to gas the Kurds in the north (as he did 15 years ago) and create pogroms against other minorities, such as Assyrians. Some Kurds even fled the cities two days before we entered Iraq, and the Iraqi secret police was shooting at these unarmed civilians.

When I read your title, it looked like there was a threat to Assyrians, which many people had expected. Worse, the title suggested that we took the side of Saddam against Assyrians. YOu have to agree that this is very confusing. Thank G-d, that was not true.

I can see your point of view. Thinking of Assyrians of living in the long-gone past, together with Babylonians, you thought that I was simply picking on you. I hopw you can see now that this was not the case. I can see also that you may have been offended thinking that I complained to the MOderator. I did not; I asked for help.

Perhaps in the furture, you should not be so quick with the trigger.

34 posted on 04/10/2003 11:05:43 AM PDT by TopQuark
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To: Defiant
You may find this post to be of interest.
35 posted on 04/10/2003 12:32:23 PM PDT by TopQuark
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