Across the Bay

Monday, July 16, 2007

Total Sham

Remember this? When Damascus tried to present itself as a player and broker a deal between Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Meshaal, only to have it explode in its face, and then proceed to spread pathetically hilarious lies left and right (including through its flacks) that it was instrumental in paving the way for the Mecca Agreement (which it then proceeded to sabotage with Iran, as it tried to do with the Saudi initiative, and at the Riyadh summit)?!

Well, Mahmoud Abbas recalled that episode recently, as reported by al-Quds al-Arabi:

Prior to the Mecca Accord [Abbas] was personally hesitant about meeting Khaled Meshaal and knew in advance that it would not be a useful or beneficial meeting. He also said that President Bashar Assad and his Vice President Farouq al-Sharaa as well as [FM] Walid al-Moallem forced him to meet Meshaal and insisted on that because Syria cannot afford to have meetings held on its soil fail. They said violently to Abbas that this meeting had to be held even if for protocol and for the cameras.

Abbas then proceeded to say that at least three states were aware of the plot to assassinate him: Syria, Iran, and Qatar. The three states, said Abbas, also knew beforehand about the Gaza coup and that one of these states, which he did not name, blessed the plot and wished it well.

Once again the obvious point emerges: The Syrian regime has only one foreign policy instrument. That instrument is its foreign policy: terrorism. It has no capacity to do anything else; only terror, murder, violence, and sabotage.