Monday, October 31, 2005
has demanded that Syria cooperate with a UN investigation into the February assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.... or face "further action".
How can Syria resist? How can Assad ignore the unanimous vote of the Council? How can it withstand the threat of 'further action'? Just for perspective, Iraq withstood an awful lot of UN Security Council resolutions... and Iraq had the threat of US military action on its horizon, while nobody is proposing to attack Syria over this.
So I wouldn't count on Syria bending over anytime soon.
And in a sign that she has gone over the edge, Condoleezza Rice applauded the resolution and said it has "made it clear that failure to comply with these demands will lead to serious consequences from the international community". I wish she had as much enthusiasm for going after Syria for the support and involvement in the insurgency that has cost hundreds of American soldiers their lives.
Help kill a couple of hundred American soldiers.... no big deal. Help kill one guy from Lebanon, now that's something that can get a country in trouble.