Friday, May 30, 2008

Sarkozy Caves On Syria

Eric Trager writes on Sarkozy's reaction to the Doha agreement, which resolved the tensions in Lebanon in favor of Hezbollah. Sarkozy contacted Assad of Syria and congratulated him on his hard work on the deal:
Ultimately, Sarkozy seems to have embraced the Doha agreement for the same reason that the Bush administration has: because it resolved the Lebanese political crisis without a civil war, which-thanks to constantly increasing support from Iran via Syria-Hezbollah might have won. Yet, unlike the Bush administration–which bizarrely sat on the sidelines throughout the presidential standoff–Sarkozy made clear demands of Syria. To surrender those demands completely in favor of the Doha agreement’s short-term quiet is the ultimate appeasement.

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