We Should Issue Demands To Syria, Not Negotiate With Them
The fact that a story like this is out there tells you that Bush isn’t being violent or aggressive enough to scare our enemies:
“The Sunday Times reported that Syria is expected to demand American help in securing the return of the Golan Heights from Israel as the price of cooperation over Iraq.
Ayman Abdel Nour, a leading reformer in the ruling Ba’ath party, told the Times that Syrian President Bashar Assad wants America and Britain to use their influence with Israel to raise the return of the Golan Heights, seized by the Israelis in the 1967 war.
“It will be the top demand,” he was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
According to the report, Assad has ruled out cooperating with the Americans in return for the promise of unspecified benefits.
…Imad Mustafa, Syria’s ambassador to the US, told the newspaper in an interview that Baker has asked Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem during a meeting in New York in September: “What would it take Syria to help on Iraq?”
…The Syrians, the Sunday Times said, believe they are in a position of strength.
“Already there is talk that Syria is the winner and will set the new rules of the game in the region,” Abdel Nour told the newspaper.”
Now, what are we asking them to do in Iraq? Not cooperate with insurgents in any way? And for that, this little anti-American, pipsqueak, Iranian lackey nation wants the Golan Heights?
How about we make a counter offer. Something along the lines of, “Either stop causing problems in Iraq or we firebomb Damascus to the ground and carpet bomb every military installation in your country?”
The Syrians support terrorism. They’re causing instability in Iraq and Lebanon. They are our enemies, not some civilized European nation we can talk out problems with over a few glasses of tea. Instead of negotiating with the Syrians, we should be bombing them until they accept our demands. Nations like Syria understand that. That don’t understand having talks. To them, any talking that goes beyond, “Do this or we’ll kill you,” is a sign of weakness.
PS: We’re getting to the point where we have the same problem that the Israelis do. We can decimate our enemies any time that we want, but we’re so handcuffed by political correctness that we keep fighting with one hand tied behind our backs. You don’t win wars like that. Look at what our ancestors have had to do to win. Look what we did to the Indians in this country. Sherman had to burn Atlanta to the ground to beat the South. We had to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki to defeat the Japanese. We had to firebomb Hamburg to beat the Germans. That’s what war is like. When it gets right down to it, you do anything and everything it takes to win because when it comes to war, right and wrong are very minor issues compared to victory and defeat. We seem to have forgotten that and hence, we’re putting ourselves in an untenable position in the war on terror.