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Syrian newspaper criticizes US warship deployment in eastern Mediterranean

Syrian newspaper criticizes US warship deployment in eastern Mediterranean

The American deployment of warships off the coast of Lebanon is "unacceptable" and shows that the U.S. did not learn from the lessons of Iraq, a state-run Syrian newspaper said Saturday.
The planned deployment of three ships, announced Thursday, appeared to be aimed at making an American show of strength at a time of increasing international frustration at the volatile political deadlock in Lebanon between the U.S.-backed government of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora and the Syria and Iran-backed opposition, led by Hezbollah.
State Department spokesman Tom Casey told reporters Friday that the warships are an important sign of U.S. commitment to security in the region. "It should provide comfort to our friends" and, for U.S. adversaries, "a reminder that we are there."
Casey said the U.S. was not drawing a link between the warships and Syria, but added: "if the Syrians want to take a message from it, happy to have them do so if what that means is it gets them out of the business of subverting democracy and the will of the Lebanese people."
There was no official comment from Syria on the ships' deployment, but the state-run Tishrin newspaper, which reflects government thinking, said: "to suppose good wills in the U.S. move is illogical, irrational and unacceptable."
Tishrin said the Bush administration did not learn from the lessons of Iraq and the "victory" scored by Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas over Israel in the summer 2006 war.
"The neo-conservatives have not learned yet that they cannot break the will of people even if they owned (all) the fleets of the world."


Updated : 2021-06-23 07:37 GMT+08:00