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Speaking Turkish to the Syrians

Reader comment on item: Hold Damascus Responsible [for Hezbollah Violence in Southern Lebanon]

Submitted by Robert Guinaugh (United States), Aug 2, 2006 at 10:49

To the degree that Syria once engaged in discussions with the Turks in 1998, which led to a mutual understanding of the potential consequences if Syria continued to harbor and support of the PKK, there is little indication that Israel would be afforded a similar audience in Damascus any time soon.

The Israeli IAF's continued success in destroying arms supply convoys originating from Iran and Syria as they cross into the Lebanon is an effective prelude to future dialog with Damascus. A war of words with the enemies of Israel is a waste of time and can only embolden the fanatics at this stage of the conflict. I'm afraid that the situation at hand calls for decisive military action and less diplomacy!

Once Damascus takes stock of the utter decimation of its repeated attempts to re-supply weapons to Hezbolah, then Israel may be in a position to make an offer to Syria that it cannot refuse. Until then, let's continue to pray for Israel's successes on the battlefield.

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