One of the principal arguments Third Wayers make in order to undermine the resistance credentials of the Assad regime, is to invoke Syrian’s military intervention in 1976 on the side of Israel and the Phalange. Yes, this is a historical fact and part of the darker side of Hafez Al-Assad’s foreign policy history, but by 1982 Syria was confronting the Israeli invasion in Lebanon and it was this same regime which torpedoed the US/Israel’s infamous May 17 Agreement which would have turned Lebanon into an Israeli satellite state . So while it has committed some historic mistakes, it is politically naive and intellectually immature to extrapolate from this that “what happened in 1976 should serve as a lesson to those who still harbor illusions about the intentions and aims of the Syrian regime.”
Really? We must forget everything the regime has done since then, dismiss US demands for “regime behaviour change” and ignore Nasrallah’s repeated assertion that Syria’s assistance was indispensable for Hizbullah’s victory in 2006, because of events which occurred around 40 years ago? With reasoning like this, it is no wonder that meaningful debate with such intellectuals has become futile.
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