Syria and the UN's credibility
In a recent article, former Israeli ambassador to the UN Dore Gold argues that the UN needs to confront Syria's support for terrorism..
Now it's all well and good for the UN to confront terrorism. But what happened to the US? One of the puzzles of the administration's handling of the Iraq war over the past two years has been its unwillingness to confront in any meaningful way the Syrian/Iranian support for the insurgency. Part of the announced goal of the American war in Iraq is to bring democracy to the region. That goal is deeply threatening to both Syria and Iraq, and their natural response has been to aid those seeking to defeat the US. Apart from vague warnings, the US has apparently done nothing substantial to deter Syria/Iran from continuing to support those who are making war on the US and the new Iraqi government. It's going to be difficult for the American battle for democracy to succeed if the US does not put an end to Syrian/Iranian intervention in Iraq.