|Syria Accountability Act Signed Into Law
By Andrew L. Jaffee, December 13, 2003
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President Bush has signed the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act into law. The bill (House version; Senate version) was passed by wide margins in both the House and Senate. The law requires Syria to end its development of weapons of mass destruction, end its support for terrorism, prevent terrorists from entering Iraq, and end its 27-year occupation of Lebanon. If Syria fails to meet these terms, the law requires Bush to stop sales of "dual-use (civilian and military use)" exports to the country. The president would also have options like restricting American business investment in Syria and/or freezing Syrian financial assets in the U.S.
The administration had previously opposed the SAA, believing they needed Syria's support in the war on terror. Steven Plaut has aptly termed this misguided thinking as "Good Terrorist-Bad Terrorist." In his words, to fight the "bad terrorists, you need to conscript for your cause lots of good terrorists, including Syria, Iran, and the Saudis." In April, the Bush administration started taking a tough stand with the Syrian regime. The President and some of his close advisers have publicly criticized Syria (e.g., Syria is providing haven to remnants of Saddam's regime, Syria is supporting terror, Syria has WMD, etc.).
But for some inexplicable reason, Bush is still waffling on the new law. He said yesterday that he doesn't consider the law binding becuase of his constitutional authority to conduct American foreign policy. He must still be enthralled with the "Good Terrorist-Bad Terrorist" idealogy. Even though Syria is on the State Department's list of terrorist-sponsoring nations, it has full diplomatic relations with the America. Will wonders never cease.
Syria has "shrugged off" the new law, and its terror-sponsoring neighbors have rallied in Syria's support. And who does Syria blame for the law passing? The JEWS, of course.
Nonetheless, you know the law makes Syria and its buddies nervous. This is also a resounding defeat for America's terror supporters, like The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the American Muslim Council (AMC), both of whom opposed the bill. Passage and signing of the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act is a move in the right direction.