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Syria has a long history regarding terrorism

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Submitted by Jason (United States), Aug 2, 2006 at 09:20

If the real truth be known, Syria has been at the center of the terror movement since the early 1970's. At that time, they were the Soviet's lackeys, distributing Soviet money and weapons. They provided help to just about every terror organization on earth. Anyone who understood the terror movement back then was calling for the targeting of Syria. No one had spine enough to go after them since "they're a Soviet ally".

So what!. If the U.S. or Israel had torched Damascus, the Soviets would have been upset, but they wouldn't really be able to do anything about it. It might have actually served as a message to the Soviets to stop dabbling in terror. It would definitely have made it more difficult for them to find another country to do their dity work.

Today, the Syrians work for the Iranians. Different bunch of animals signing the paychecks, but the same effect. Since Syria has gotten away with this behavior for almost four decades, and is actually very good at it, who can blame them for continuing the behavior. It's no different than giving your kid a candy bar every time they throw a temper tantrum. After a while, the kid expects the treat, and knows you won't do anything to control them. Who's to blame: you, or the kid? The West is in the same predicament with Syria. The West is solidly to blame for Syria's behavior. Syria is just a spoiled child that is use to getting away with whatever crap it pulls.

Well, it's time for a Super Nanny (the U.S. or Israel) to step in and assert control of the situation. Syria needs a serious time-out (complete economic and diplomatic isolation), as well as to have its toys progressively taken away (military assets bombed, government buildings burned, leaders assassinated, etc.). This tough-love discipline stops when Syria apologizes (pays reparations to Israel, Lebanon, the EU, and the U.S.) for all of the damage it has done. The irresponsible parents (the Arab League and the UN) also need some stern lessons in responsible parenting.

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