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Syria - Attack or use Diplomacy?

Reported by Ellen - February 28, 2005

Shepard Smith spoke with Harlan Ullman, from the Center of Strategic and International Studies, today on Studio B regarding Syria. They were discussing the fact that the pro Syria government gave up their power in Lebanon today.

At one point, Smith said, "So they're not backing off in an attempt to be nice to the world. They're backing off to keep us from attacking?" Ullman agreed.

After some discussion on how things were going President Bush's way, Ullman said that certain things would have to happen. He said that Arabs, Muslims and Saudi Arabian people would have to recognize Israel as their own state. Smith asked, incredulously, ' Saudi Arabia?' 'Yes' Ullman replied.

Ullman then stated that the United States needed to keep an eye on this and realize that diplomacy rather than force was working.

Comment: I was a bit confused by this report. Do the Syrians believe we are going to attack them? Where is this reporting coming from? Does the administration 'realize' like Ullman says that diplomacy is working? I think there are a lot of gray areas here that need to be taken into consideration. Lebanon is virtually a country without a government right now and no one knows where they may be heading.

Reported by: Donna

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