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Syria Welcomes Turkey to the Iran-Led, Anti-American Bloc.

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  • Beowulf
    Syria Welcomes Turkey to the Iran-Led, Anti-American Bloc. by Barry Rubin In its
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2010
      <http://feedblitz.com/r.asp?l=44683379&f=340874&u=329452&c=0> Syria
      Welcomes Turkey to the Iran-Led, Anti-American Bloc.

      by Barry Rubin

      In its
      /user/?id=779&a=71530> editorial welcoming President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to
      Syria, the Syrian government newspaper al-Ba'th makes an interesting point
      buried at the end. One should note, of course, that this and just about
      everything else coming out of Syria also makes ridiculous the U.S. policy of
      engaging the dictatorship there with some illusion of splitting it away from
      its patron Iran.

      But there's something else going on here of the greatest importance. The
      editorial speaks of people in the Middle East who are coming together in an
      alliance rejecting Westernization, artificial borders, America, Israel, and
      various conspiracies. What countries are in this new alliance?

      "Syria, Iran and Turkey, with their great peoples and their lively peoples
      and their rejectionist [the Syrian term for radical and anti-Israel,
      anti-American [policies are moving toward brotherhood..Welcome, President
      Ahmadinejad, in Syria."

      The Syrian regime is thus publicly trumpeting an Iran-Syria-Turkey alliance.
      The Turkish government's policy, in theory, is one of getting along with
      everyone. But while one should not exaggerate how far this has gone-and, of
      course, this is a Syrian, not a Turkish statement-the fact is that Ankara is
      now politically as well as geographically much closer to Damascus and Tehran
      than to Washington DC.

      Incidentally, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Asad laughed at the United States
      openly. "We met today to sign an agreement to distance relations between
      Syria and Iran," he joked laughing at his joint press conference with
      Ahmadinejad. And to its credit the Washington Post picked up the
      ideast> story.

      Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs
      (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International
      Affairs (MERIA) Journal.

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