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July 23, 2006

Syrian Doublespeak Or Typical Islamic Tactic?

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Syria: We'll join conflict if Israeli troops approach.

No, Syria wants talks with the U.S. to solve Lebanon crisis. Sounds as though Syria, the junior partner (with Iran) in the facilitation of terrorism throughout the ME, is begining to realize that it's between the rock and the hard place, and knows that the U.S. intends to work around Syria, discounting any real role for Syria in determining its own future (or even having one to worry about). The Assads are worrying about the Assads.

Of course, what's really occuring is Syria is adopting the typical Arab Islamist stance of cease fire now - then let's talk about solutions. Like Hezbollah spokespersons have said, cease-fire first, then we discuss diplomatic solutions - then we negotiate. They say that establishing solutions first - cease fire later - is "crazy." That's the way the Islamists have always worked to establish their advantage over their enemy - the U.S. and Israel, or any other.

Let's recall that the Muslim call for a cease-fire, or hudna, is traditionally called when they are getting their as--s kicked.

The media and some political leaders portray a 9cease-fire or hudna) as a truce or a cease-fire designed to bring peace. Though the term hudna does refer to a temporary cession of hostilities, it has historically been used as a tactic aimed at allowing the party declaring the hudna to regroup while tricking an enemy into lowering its guard. When the hudna (or Muslim call for a cease-fire) expires, the party that declared it is stronger and the enemy weaker. The term comes from the story of the Muslim conquest of Mecca. Instead of a rapid victory, Muhammad made a ten-year treaty with the Kuraysh tribe. In 628 AD, after only two years of the ten-year treaty, Muhammad and his forces concluded that the Kuraysh were too weak to resist. The Muslims broke the treaty and took over all of Mecca without opposition (Palestine Chronicle, July 6, 2003; Embassy of Israel [USA], June 27, 2003).

A modern-day hudna is not a form of compromise, rather it is a tactical tool to gain a military advantage. Hamas has used it no fewer than 10 times in 10 years (Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 2, 2003).

Here's to a new day in the realization of how we must deal with the Islamists. The same approach needs to be applied to the Iranian nuclear crisis - because the tactic of negotiate to negotiate is exactly what's being employed by Iran, and has been for over 20 years. To continue to play their game - as Syria is attempting to do now (with the help of Kofi and the UN) - is "crazy"!

Posted by Richard at July 23, 2006 9:18 AM

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