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Syria's Choice

Damascus should not be rewarded for its 'nuanced' position on Islamist terrorism.

12:00 AM, Oct 17, 2008 • By HASSAN MNEIMNEH
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And what do all these machinations matter to Washington? Assad and his circle see a possible rapprochement with the United States playing into a new role for the regime: partnership in the war on terror. But Condoleezza Rice, her employees and her successors should remember that as Syria turns the full force of its tyrannical regime on one jihadist enemy, reinserting itself into the frail democracy that is Lebanon, it will continue to nurture Hamas, Hezbollah, and others who are little different. Syria's choice should be simple: an end to support for all terrorism and respect for Lebanon's independence, or America will sit on the sidelines and watch a dictatorship that lived by the sword die by it.

Hassan Mneimneh, a native of Beirut, is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.