Tuesday, April 15, 2003 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: Syrian Expert Patrick Seale and Columbia University...
2003-04-15

U.S. Sets Its Eyes On Syria: Washington Diplomatically and Economically Threatens Iraq’s Neighbor As the Region’s Newest "Rogue State"

download:   Video Get CD/DVD More Formats
This is viewer supported news

“So now Syria is in America’s gun sights. First it’s Iraq, Israel’s most powerful enemy, possessor of weapons of mass destruction–none of which has been found. Now it’s Syria, Israel’s second most powerful enemy, possessor of weapons of mass destruction, or so President George Bush Junior tells us. No word of that possessor of real weapons of mass destruction, Israel–the number of its nuclear warheads in the Negev are now accurately listed–whose Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, has long been complaining that Damascus is the "centre of world terror".

That was Robert Fisk in today’s Independent.

The US yesterday threatened Syria with diplomatic and economic pressure, as a series of top officials accused Damascus of supporting terrorism.

War Secretary Donald Rumsfeld alleged Syria had carried out chemical weapons tests over the past 12 to 15 months.

"Rogue State" is how White House spokesman Ari Fleischer described Syria.

And Secretary of State Gen. Colin hinted economic sanctions against Syria might be in order.

Meanwhile at the United Nations, Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned last night that recent U.S. warnings to Syria could contribute to a wider destabilization in a region already wracked by the war in Iraq.

Syria has denied Washington’s accusations. They have called it an attempt to obscure the events in Iraq and yesterday accused Israel of being behind the weapons and terrorism accusations.

  • Gen. Colin Powell, Secretary of State.
  • Patrick Seale, British journalist who has covered the Middle East for over 30 years specializing in Syria. He is the author of "Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East."
  • Scott C. Davis, publisher of CUNE Press and author of The Road From Damascus: A Journey Through Syria. He recently returned from Syria where he was during the first 10 days of the U.S. invasion.

Related link:

Recent Shows More

Full News Hour

Stories

    Bn2015-0730_funhome3
    Alison Bechdel’s "Fun Home": The Coming-Out Memoir That Became a Hit Broadway Musical
    In a Democracy Now! special, we look at the acclaimed Broadway musical "Fun Home," which swept the Tony Awards last month. Composer Jeanine Tesori and lyricist Lisa Kron made history as the first female duo to win a Tony Award for Best Original Score. "Fun Home" is also the first-ever Broadway musical to feature a lesbian protagonist. The musical is based on the 2006 best-selling graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic." The memoir is a poignant exploration of family, memory, first love,...

Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

This is viewer supported news