Saturday, April 12, 2003

Perle warns Syria

Richard Perle, one of the chief U.S. ideologists behind the war to oust Saddam Hussein, warned Friday that the United States would be compelled to act if it discovered that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction have been concealed in Syria.

There's been similar talk in the US media about Iraqi WMDs "flowing over the border to Syria" for the last week or so. But what I don't understand is why Syria would have any interest at all in Iraq's (alleged) missiles or chemical weapons - after all, they have plenty of their own.

Unfortunately, I suspect that the American public is generally ignorant of this fact - or else believes the US administration's fantasy of a secret Iraqi nuclear program carried out in the back of a volkswagon somewhere. Either way, the NeoCons are in an excellent position to build public support for an attack on Syria and continue their plans of redrawing the map of the Middle East.

It's like a game of "pass the parcel", with US tanks and cruise missiles following behind. One wonders where they'll claim the WMD parcel has gone after they've knocked over Syria - Iran, Libya, or France?