Obama Rewards Syrian Terrorism

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Unfortunately, the appointment of Ford as Syrian envoy seems to do nothing but compensate Syrian malfeasance. Incoming Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, echoed that sentiment when she said of Ford’s appointment:

Making undeserved concessions to Syria tells the regime in Damascus that it can continue to pursue its dangerous agenda and not face any consequences from the US. That is the wrong message to be sending to a regime which continues to harm and threaten US interests and those of such critical allies as Israel.

Syria certainly doesn’t ascribe to Ros-Lehtinen’s view, laying any blame for its actions squarely at the feet of those in the West. As Syrian President Assad told the German daily Bild:

The problem with the West is that they think they are the world, they forget about the rest of the world. The West cannot just keep following the ostrich policy where they put their head in the ground and they do not want to see what is happening in the world. In the world Syria’s image is very good.

Syria’s image has certainly improved in the eyes of the Obama administration, as it now argues that ending the five-year ambassadorial absence will help persuade Syria to change its policies regarding Israel, Lebanon and Iraq, as well as its willingness to support extremist groups, such as Hezbollah and Hamas.

Yet, that stance seems to now stand in stark contrast to the Obama administration’s own stated position announced only months earlier, when it was strenuously accusing Syria, Iran and Hezbollah of trying to destabilize Lebanon.

In October 2010, US Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, had singled out Syria in particular for displaying “flagrant disregard” for Lebanon’s political independence by ensuring that Hezbollah was the most heavily armed militia in the region.

State Department spokesman PJ Crowley went further by adding, “These activities by Syria directly undermine Lebanon’s sovereignty and directly undermine Syria’s stated commitments to Lebanon’s sovereignty and independence. We believe we’re playing a constructive role in the region, and we believe that Syria is not.”

It remains unclear as to what constructive role Syria has actually played since that time to now warrant a resumption of full diplomatic ties with the United States. Obama’s decision to tap Ford as US ambassador only serves to add confusion to the entire situation.

In either case, Ford’s appointment was greeted warmly by Syria. Issa Darwish, a former assistant foreign minister and a senior member of Syria’s ruling Baath Party, said, “Syria has proven, as President Bashar al-Assad has, that it is for peace. And experience has proven, over the past four decades that Syria is an important player in the region and it is in Washington’s interest to have an ambassador in Damascus to understand the political position of Syria.”

As a nation designated by the State Department to be a “state sponsor of terrorism,” Syria’s political position as a longtime agitator of regional unrest is all too clear. As one analyst said, “Syria views terror as a tool to achieve its political goals. Syria does not have a strong army and is using its terror support to show its presence and make the West take it into account as a major player in the Middle East.”

Unfortunately, the actions undertaken by the Obama administration only serves to demonstrate the wisdom of such a Syrian policy.

Frank Crimi is a writer living in San Diego, California. You can read more of Frank’s work at his blog, www.politicallyunbalanced.com or contact him at frankcrimi@sbcglobal.net.

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  • jaythehistorian

    Once again Obama shows what an absolute traitor he is. He deliberately sides with the enemies of this country. He should face charges of treason. He ordered the head of his Gestapo Holder, to prosecute Bush administration officials and those who interrogated Obama's favorite group Jihadists.

  • American_Flag

    Hypocricy gone wild…when is enough enough? WHEN?

    Will 2012 election results ensure that we get back to our core values? Probably not. What to do?>

  • Ollie_North fan

    One idea to consider is that perhaps O-Bomb is trying to drive a wedge between Assad and the Iranians. Unlikely, but sometimes you have to show good faith to turn someone your way.

    • http://apcnational.wordpress.com/ Mike in VA

      Your idea is probably what's going on here, ONF, but it won't work.

  • http://apcnational.wordpress.com/ Mike in VA

    Foreign policy naifs think that Assad's Alawi mafia is some sort of riddle wrapped in a mystery when it is not. The only thing the regime is concerned about is maintaining its illegitimate grip on power, period. This is the simple underlying basis of all its policy calculations and decisions. Sending an ambassador to Damascus isn't going to change or enhance our understanding of this fact, but it will embolden Assad and encourage his negative behavior. Once again, the Obama Administration reveals its ignorance, weakness and incompetence.

  • USMCSniper

    Barack Hussein Obama was a practicing Muslim throughout his entire youth through high school, as an undergraduate at Occidental and Columbia where he studied under his selected Marxist professors, at Harvard law school, after graduating Harvard Law School and even after passing the bar, and only converted for political reasons to the Marxist based Black Liberation Christian crackpot sect under the anti American, openly racist, anti semitic Reverend Jerimiah Wright when in his 30's. He is a clandestine Muslim and a Marxist racist,

  • Wesley69

    This administration's ideas about influencing Syria is nothing but candycanes and lollipops. It is dangerously delusional and can easily be misinterpreted as rewarding Syria for what they have done in the past. It is APPEASEMENT, plain and simple.

    Engagement of this criminal state will achieve the same results as it has with the Mullah theocracy of Iran: NOTHING, but rejection. In the meantime, it sends Israel the middle finger salute as Obama has done since taking office.