a plotka glosi ze legiony sie juz przygotowuja :))))))
choc byc moze ta kampanie rozegra calkowicie samemu izraelski sojusznik :))))
w kazdym razie ciemne chmury zbieraja sie nad damaszkiem...
podobno szczury juz cos zwietrzyly i uciekaja z miasta :D
Bloomberg News, with files from Reuters October 09, 2003
Bush backs sanctions against Syria: Damascus has failed to fight terrorism,
By Paul Basken
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration withdrew its opposition to a
congressional measure toughening sanctions on Syria yesterday, saying its
government has failed to meet promises to fight terrorism and restrain anti-
"We have repeatedly said that Syria is on the wrong side of the war on
terrorism and that Syria has got to stop harbouring terrorists," said Scott
McClellan, White House press secretary.
As Mr. McClellan spoke, the House international relations committee voted 33-
2 to approve the measure, known as the Syria Accountability Act. It
threatens penalties that include prohibiting all U.S. exports to Syria
except food and medicine, barring U.S. investments or business operations in
Syria, and banning Syrian aircraft from U.S. air space.
The measure has had majority support in both parties in both the U.S. House
and Senate. The Bush administration previously viewed it as interference in
its diplomatic efforts to win allies in fighting terrorism.
The sanctions measure gained traction three days after Israeli jets bombed a
target inside Syria that Israel said was a base used by Palestinian
terrorists, including Islamic Jihad and Hamas, which have carried out
suicide bombings against Israel.
The raid, Israel's first attack on Syrian territory since 1982, came in
response to a suicide bombing Saturday in Haifa, in northern Israel, that
killed 19 people. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.
George W. Bush, the President, said Israel has the right to defend itself.
State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the U.S. has evidence
showing the target was in "active use" as a terrorist base up to the time of
the bombing. He declined to name a particular group or give other details.
During a visit to Damascus after the Iraq war, Colin Powell, the Secretary
of State, presented Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with a series of
demands, including closing Syria-based offices run by Hezbollah and taking
action against similar groups that the U.S. labels sponsors of terrorism.
Mr. Powell warned Syria that a failure to crack down on terrorist groups
would lead to "consequences" that might include the sanctions being
threatened by Congress. The sanctions include language allowing the
president to waive their implementation if he deems it in the interest of
Syria has made no meaningful progress toward meeting these demands, Mr.
Boucher said today.
The international relations committee, before approving the Syria
Accountability Act, voted to reject an amendment urging Mr. Bush not to
appoint an ambassador to Syria.
Opponents said they supported the sentiment but felt the U.S. should take
actions that signal an interest in talking with Syria about a compromise.
Syria said today it would respond militarily if Israel continued to attack
its territory, Reuters reported, cited the country's ambassador to Spain.
"If Israel attacks Syria one, two and three times, of course the people of
Syria and the government of Syria and the army will react to defend
ourselves," said Ambassador Mohsen Bilal.
Asked if that meant responding militarily, he said: "By all means. If Israel
continues to attack us and continues its aggression, of course we shall
react to the attacks in spite of the fact that we are fighting for peace and
wish to reopen the  Madrid [peace] conference."
Israel said it has "no interest" in escalating tensions with Syria following
Sunday's bombing, according to a statement issued after a Cabinet meeting
yesterday. At the same time, the Israeli government "cannot allow external
anti-Israel terrorism to enjoy immunity," the e-mailed statement said.
An analyst with Globalsecurity .org, a private military research institution
in Washington, said satellite photos of Israel's target in Syria prior to
the bombing showed no clear evidence of terrorist activity.
The site, which Israel identified as the Ain Saheb camp, is about 16
kilometres northwest of Damascus. The area appears to be a tourist
destination, and the camp's location alongside a highway makes it an
unlikely location for secretive activities, said the analyst, Tim Brown.