This is an appropriate side-note to a discussion of an article by Dr. Barry Rubin about how Syria is pressuring the U.S. In Alaska, Ahmad Salkini, described as a “political advisor to the Syrian ambassador,” made this comment:
“A previous administration did not want to cooperate, even if it cost American lives. This administration is realizing you have to cooperate in order to save American lives, in order to advance U.S. interests and that’s what we’re looking forward into the future.”
Rubin writes that two Syrian state newspapers have threatened the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon.
It’s quite possible that the U.S. refusal to back Iraq’s demand that the U.N. set up a tribunal to prosecute those in Syria responsible for terrorist attacks in their country is encouraging the Assad regime to continue such sponsorship as a diplomatic tool.
Source: World Threats