Syria Defends Iran
By Micah Halpern
Wednesday May 12, 2010
I've Been Thinking:
Yesterday the president of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, visited Damscus and had a meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The press conference afterward was telling.
Assad insisted that further sanctions will not be successful in stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear technology. He said that that sanctions will not make the region safer. Assad proclaimed that "it is every country's right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes."
Syria has already attempted to create a nuclear facility with the help of the North Koreans.
Iran and Syria are linked in their desire to attain nuclear weapons. They are linked because they believe that the United States is leading a cabal preventing them from becoming a nuclear power. They consider nuclear status to be their right. Ahmadinejad even uses the term inalienable right when speaking of developing nuclear energy.
They are wrong. It is a privilege that must be earned through trust. Neither Syria nor Iran has yet to earn that trust.
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