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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 10:01 PM
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The recent series of interviews with Syrian President Bashar Asad in Arab and Western media reveals the extent of changes in the Middle East, in general, and Syria, in particular, in the wake of the confrontation between Israel and Hizbullah in the summer of 2006. Before that conflict, Asad hardly ever mentioned Israeli aggression against Syria that can end in war or the state of alert in the Syrian army, but since then, Asad has repeatedly stressed the readiness of his military forces.

The latest confrontation, whatever the assessment may be of its tactical aspects, is seen by many in the Arab and Muslim world as Israels worst strategic failure since the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Israels inability to destroy Hizbullahs organizational and physical infrastructure has only strengthened the belief of many that Israel is a weak entity that can be shaken to its very foundations through violence and terror. The perception that the summer war ended in a victory for Hizbullah has led the Alawite regime in Damascus to tighten its links with the victor and even to signal a readiness to adopt Hizbullahs operational methods and policies.

Assads latest declarations reflect his (and his regimes) growing self-confidence. From his perspective, Syria is now in a win-win situation; every development will play to its advantage. A glance through the Syrian prism at three possible scenarios shows how might all be expected to develop positively:

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