Syria Welcomes Turkey to the Iran-Led, Anti-American Bloc.
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Welcomes Turkey to the Iran-Led, Anti-American Bloc.
by Barry Rubin
/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
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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