11:52 AM, Jul 28, 2006 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
Today's Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece, "Split Among Arab-Americans Curbs Political Clout." It notes.:
All this brings me to Sen. Joe Biden's Boston Globe piece today on what to do in Lebanon. He makes some good tactical suggestions but has little to say on the real problem in the region. He notes:
So what does the senator suggest to deal with those "responsible for the breach of the peace"? Call for Security Council-imposed sanctions on Damascus for its role in undermining Resolution 1559 and for obstructing the investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri? Ask that the Council hold Tehran accountable for undermining 1559 and for continuing its uranium enrichment efforts? Spotlight the unhelpful role Russia and China have played on the Security Council in holding Tehran and Damascus (and Khartoum for that matter) accountable for their actions? Not a chance.
As to Syria, Biden writes, "Egypt and Saudi Arabia can bring pressure to bear on Damascus." On Iran, Biden says, "We lack a comprehensive dialogue with Iran," which I presume means the U.S. should hold direct talks with the regime. That's it. If this is Sen. Biden's plan to hold Syria and Iran "responsible" for promoting "proxy wars," I suspect officials in Damascus and Tehran would welcome a Biden presidency.