Across the Bay

Friday, April 28, 2006

New Syrian Threats

I always joked how every single statement by every single Syrian official cannot help but have at least one threat in it, if not in each sentence.

This time it comes in the form of a letter to the UN Secretary General and the President of the Security Council:

REPORTER: Mr. Ambassador, the letter the Syrian government had sent to the Secretary General and to the President of the Security Council, the letter says, "Pushing the Security Council by some parties to adopt new resolutions or statements "

AMBASSADOR BOLTON: That would be us I take it?

REPORTER: (inaudible) "will not lead to calm down the situation in Lebanon or the region, but to the contrary it will escalate the situation of instability and tension." (Emphasis added.)

I remember Bashar making a statement on Russian TV, back on December 11, threatening that he would destabilize the region if "the situation in Syria isn't good" -- in reference to possible sanctions on Syria, on the eve of the second Mehlis report -- adding, "the whole world will pay for that."

"The following day," I wrote in my article, "Gibran Tueni, editor of the leading Lebanese daily al-Nahar and a recently elected MP (on the Hariri list in Beirut) was assassinated shortly after returning to the country from a long sojourn in Paris. 'It looks as if the destabilization has started,' Jumblatt commented afterwards,[37] echoing the suspicions of most Lebanese."

This time there was a specific reference to the destabilization of Lebanon alongside the broader one about instability and tension in "the region." Does this mean we should expect more bombs and other goodies in Lebanon, some more attacks in Israel, and more stirrings in Jordan? Let's wait and see what Bashar has in store.

As I've said repeatedly, it won't end as long this thug and his crime syndicate of a family/regime are in power.

Update: The Syrian regime has now taken its threat directly to the UNSC. Also, according to al-Hayat, the regime has declared Terje Roed-Larsen persona non grata in Syria.