Submarines for Syria?

[New York Sun] Editorial - The Russian state news agency, Novosti, reports that "Moscow and Damascus had agreed on deliveries of the latest Russian" air defense systems and advanced fighters. The right way for the Russians to expand their markets would be by backing a free and democratic regime in Damascus that could use its arms to clear Hizbullah, Hamas, and other Iranian-backed terrorist groups out of the Syrian capital. Until then, arming Syria amounts to a proxy war against America, Israel, Iraq, Turkey, and Lebanon. If President Bush doesn't move to prevent this sale, he will leave a more difficult field of battle for his successor, not only in respect of the Mideast, but in respect to the Kremlin, which has postured as an ally in the war on Islamist terrorism while all too frequently playing a double game.

2008-05-21 01:00:00

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