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December 16, 1983 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-12-16

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

The How's and Why's of 'Dealing With Syria'

backdrop of one key point
the President made to re-
porters Sunday. 'If our
forces are attacked,' Mr.
Reagan said, 'we will re-
spond. We're going to de-
fend our personnel.'
"No matter how many
conflicting and vague in-
terpretations 'Administra-
tion sources' give us the
next few days of U.S. inten-
tions in Lebanon, we think
the message of the U.S.
bombing and the
President's statement
ought to be clear enough to
B GU Parley
the Syrians and their
BEERSHEBA (JNI) —
Soviet consultants: You
More than 100 Jews and
want to play rough, okay,
Beduin Arabs attended a
we'll play rough.
two-day conference on "The
"The U.S escalation is
Family as a Means of Im-
parting Values" at Ben- of course eliciting objec-
Gurion University last tions from all the usual
places — Democratic
month.
Presidential candidates,
McGovernite Con-
gressmen and former
Carter officials, anonym-
ous State Department
`sources' and the same
newspaper columnists
and TV commentators
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intervention in Grenada.
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There are a few things,
however, that we suspect
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most Americans are be-
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ginning to understand.
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"First of all, what we're
dealing with in the Syrians
is basically a bunch of
thugs. This isn't the gov-
ernment of Lebanon or Jor-
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pounds.

"These are the Syrians
whose entry into the Shouf
Mountains was followed by
unprecedented acts of
slaughter. And an event
that keeps trying to dive
down the memory hole —
this is the Syrian govern-
ment that in 1982 sent
troops into the city of Hama
and annihilated some
25,000 Syrian citizens for
opposing the policies of
President Hafez Assad.
"The fact that Syria's
foreign minister is now in-
voking the United Nations
charter to say the U.S. is
`undermining the . sover-
eignty and independence of
countries in the region'
doesn't mean the rest of us
have to pretend we're deal-
ing with a civilized member
of the community of na-
tions.
"Secondly, the inde-
pendence of Lebanon in
some real if imperfect
sense is precisely the
vital interest involved
here for the U.S. and the
West. The exact terms of
the relationship between
the Soviet Union and
Syria aren't known. It's
often claimed that Syria's
ailing Assad is an unpre-
dictable tyrant whose re-
liability is never a sure
thing for the Soviets.
"There is no dispute,
however, that Syria is now
trying to extend its borders
westward into Lebanon
with Soviet-supplied arms.
And it's surely evident from
the Syrians' crude dictation
of terms at the Lebanese
peace talks in Geneva that
the role seen in Damascus
for Mr. Gemayel's gov-
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ernment is that of a compla-
cent satellite.

"What the success of

Syria's strategy would
mean is that the Soviet
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Union's presence — on the
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ground — would extend to
the suburbs of Beirut. The

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"This would threaten the
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remained of Lebanon, but of

Jordan, Egypt and Saudi

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Arabia, which tend to define
their own interests in terms
of whether the wind is blow-
ing harder from the east or
the west. Arabists in the
State Department are al-
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bring
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rolling out the line
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that the air strikes and the
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Israel will somehow force
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the 'moderate' Arab states
to stand with Syria. An
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Egyptian friend recently
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admonished us to take care-
full note when the Arab
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"In any event, Syria
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dan's King Hussein, who
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cluded that the Syrians
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are involved in a recent
series of bombings in
Amman and the October
shootings of Jordanian
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"We share the general
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The Wall Street Journal
looked at U.S. Lebanon pol-
icy and the problems with
Syria in an editorial on Dec.
6 entitled "Dealing With
Syria":
"Now that U.S. jets have
pounded Syrian positions in
Lebanon, we can expect a
torrent of questions and
analysis about the U.S.'s
political goals and military
tactics in the Middle East.
That's fine, so long as all the
talk takes place against the

lack of clarity in U.S. policy
toward Lebanon and the
quality of our military tac-
tics there. Moreover, photo-
graphs of U.S. airmen in Sy-
rian captivity resurrect the
modern American sensitiv-
ity to images of POWs. But
most Americans will sup-
port a military intervention
if it is shown to be on behalf
of our interests .. .
"The Administration
could shore up that support
by more effectively and
explicitly making its case
for preventing Syria's
Soviet-supported strategy
of destruction and domi-
nance in the Middle East.
President Reagan's an-
nounced policy of respond-
ing to Syria's militarists in

the only language they
understand is an appropri-
ate first step in building
that case."




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