Thursday, November 29, 2007

Syria's ambassador to the US, `Imad Mustafa, is a very nice guy and a very competent person. He is--as I told him a few times--somebody whose regime does not deserve. But I just read some of his comments about Annapolis. He was expressing his pleasure that Rice shook hands with members of the Syrian delegation in Annapolis. What? That is a sign of a US shift in policy because the Syrian regime agreed to come to a conference that is intended to ignore Syria and its Golan heights? Ya `Imad. Slow down, please. This reminds me of `Imad Fawzi Shu`aybi, the Syrian Ba`thist analyst, who said after the passage of UNSC 1559 that the resolution is not aimed at Syria because it does not mention Syria by name.