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Marie26 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-23-06 07:05 PM
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16. I do
Edited on Sun Jul-23-06 07:13 PM by Marie26
Here is the original source. This quote was from an interview Moshe Bilal gave to the Spanish newspaper ABC.

"Israel ha movilizado 5.000 soldados reservistas y parece estar en marcha una incursin por tierra en el Lbano. Sigue siendo la postura de Siria la de no participar en el conflicto?

-Si Israel entra en el Lbano por va terrestre, pueden llegar a situarse a veinte kilmetros de Damasco, qu vamos a hacer, quedarnos de brazos cruzados? Absolutamente no. Sin duda, Siria intervendr en el conflicto. Esto no significa que Siria est dando la bienvenida al conflicto; trabajamos con Espaa para conseguir un alto el fuego. Pero si las tropas israeles nos provocan, Damasco actuar para garantizar la seguridad nacional del territorio sirio."

"If Israel enters Lebanon over the ground, they could arrive 20 kilometers away from Damascus. What would we do, stand w/arms crossed? Absolutely not. Without doubt, Syria would intervene in the conflict. This doesn't mean that Syria welcomes the conflict; we are working with Spain to obtain a cease-fire. But if the Israeli troops provoke us, Damascus will act to guarantee the national security of the Syrian territory."

So, the quote isn't wrong, but it's a little better in context. Syria is threatening that it could enter the conflict if Israeli troops provoke them by coming too close to Damascus. He's putting it in the context of a threat to Syria's territory, not an alliance w/Lebanon. It seems like a warning to Israel not to come to close to Syria, rather than a flat promise to fight if Israeli troops enter Lebanon. Israel has already had ground incursions into Lebanon, & bombed roads at the Syrian border, w/o Syria doing much of anything. I think they're scared of Israel & really don't want a war w/it. This was already posted here before & someone else pointed out that the quote had been slightly mistranslated -
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