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  • Tuesday, February 15, 2005

    US Withdraws Syrian Ambassador

    From CNN:

    The United States announced Tuesday the recall of its ambassador to Syria in response to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

    State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the United States has "made it clear" it wants Syria, which maintains some 16,000 troops in Lebanon, to use its influence to prevent such attacks.


    Two key members of the U.S. Senate expressed support for the ambassador's recall.

    "I think perhaps tightening the screws somewhat more would be appropriate," said Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas. "Everything indicates that Syria is harboring terrorists."

    Sen. Byron Dorgan said the move sends a strong message. "I think it's a very serious step and will be an understandable signal to the Syrians," said Dorgan, D-North Dakota. "The Syrians have been identified as a country that's engaged in state-sponsored terrorism."

    I am guessing that this move is not just for show. An opportunity has presented itself, and I suspect that the Bush Administration will use it. Just how far it will take this, though, is still up in the air.

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