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Iran News Daily, Islamic Republic of Iran

Where is the Outrage Over U.S. Aggression in Syria?


Has the United States gone too far by taking military action within Syrian and Pakistani territory without the permission of the authorities? According to this editorial from Iran's strictly-controlled Iran News Daily, America's aggression against Syria on Sunday, which justifies Tehran's concerns that the United States will use the Status of Forces Agreement now being negotiated with Iraq to launch attacks from Iraq on other countries in the region.




October 28, 2008


Islamic Republic of Iran, Iran News Daily

The site of an attack by U.S. forces on Syrian territory on Sunday. The action has ignited renewed controversy over the security agreement now being negotiated between Iraq and the U.S. - with Iraq's neighbors voicing concern that Washington will use Iraq as a base to launch attacks against them.


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Four American helicopters attacked a civilian building 8 kilometers inside Syria on Sunday, killing eight people and injuring more than a dozen others. The strike occurred near the Iraqi city of Qaim just across the border from Syria.


Damascus reacted to this act of aggression with outrage, summoning both U.S. and Iraqi ambassadors to lodge an official protest.


Elsewhere, within the territory of our next-door neighbor Pakistan, illegal American military action has escalated sharply in recent months. On Sunday, at least 20 people were killed in a missile attack in South Waziristan. The suspected culprit are the unmanned drones operated by the CIA.


Regarding the aggression against Syria, the incident justifies the deep concern voiced by Iraqs neighbors - particularly Syria and Iran - over the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) which is now being negotiated - and which would be used by the Americans to attack other nations from Iraqi territory. Under this agreement, the U.S. military would be allowed to remain in Iraq until 2012 and retain extensive authority to conduct military operations.



Some analysts see the raid as a warning to President Bashar al-Assad and Syria's ruling establishment to side with the West rather than its traditional allies in Iran and resistance movements like Hezbullah, Hamas, etc. If that's Americas goal, in all likelihood it will fail miserably. The Syrian government isn't about to betray its principles and transform overnight into an ally of America, the West and Israel.


Concerning Pakistan, some observers think the U.S. policy of going after militants without the blessing of Islamabad has the potential to shatter Washington's strategic partnership with Pakistan, destabilizing and ultimately toppling the relatively pro-West government of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, bringing to power a government with virulent anti-U.S. sentiments.


Last but not least, where is the so-called international community in all of this? Why isnt there widespread condemnation of this blatant illegal American action? Why isnt the U.N. Security Council calling an emergency meeting?


Perhaps the world has become numb to aggression by the United States and its illegitimate proxy in the Middle East (Israel). Just imagine what the reaction, outrage and denunciation would be if another world power like Russia or China had simultaneously attacked two countries - not even in their own neighborhood, but on the other side of the planet?









































[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US October 28, 7:45pm]