Reckoning with Syria

[New York Sun] Ileana Ros-Lehtinen - Recent reports that the regime in Damascus has been developing its nuclear facilities with the assistance of North Korea are only the latest manifestations of Syria's increasing belligerent stance. The Syrian regime remains actively engaged in dangerous and destructive policies that threaten America, our allies, and our interests in the region. Make no mistake. Syria poses a growing threat that must be confronted. Syria remains a hub for Hizbullah and Hamas and a gateway for jihadists to infiltrate Iraq. Given its past history, possible unconventional Syrian weapons transfers to Islamist terrorists are an ever-present danger. America cannot vacillate in the face of Syria's ominous behavior. The U.S. and its allies must act promptly and effectively to neutralize the Syrian menace and target Syria's wherewithal to continue such destructive polices. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida serves as the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

2007-09-20 01:00:00

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