Aiding the killers

Former Baathists are aiding insurgents from inside Syria.

U.S. military intelligence officials have concluded that the Iraqi insurgency is being directed to a greater degree than previously recognized from Syria, where they said former Saddam Hussein loyalists have found sanctuary and are channeling money and other support to those fighting the established government.

Based on information gathered during the recent fighting in Fallujah, Baghdad and elsewhere in the Sunni Triangle, the officials said that a handful of senior Iraqi Baathists operating in Syria are collecting money from private sources in Saudi Arabia and Europe and turning it over to the insurgency.

In some cases, evidence suggests that these Baathists are managing operations in Iraq from a distance, the officials said. A U.S. military summary of operations in Fallujah noted recently that troops discovered a global positioning signal receiver in a bomb factory in the western part of the city that “contained waypoints originating in western Syria.”

The question now is what will they do to put a stop to this?

3 Responses to Aiding the killers

  1. You raise an interesting issue here, Sherry, one that plagued us in Korea and Vietnam.

    In Korea, once the Chinese got involved, they had a sanctuary from which they could operate; their homeland. We did not attack them there for fear of invoving the Soviet Union. In Vietnam, we did not invade the North with ground troops because we “learned the lesson of Korea” and feared that it would cause direct involvement by the USSR and China.

    Now, in Iraq, we face a somewhat similar situation. Only “somewhat,” though, for Iran and Syria must keep their involvement clandestine for fear of US retaliation. Yet they do aide the insurgents. What to do? There are no easy answers, and I don’t really have one. A direct attack on Syria risks widening the war just on the eve of elections, and unrest is hardly what we need now.

  2. d says:

    Knocking off Chirac would be a good start: the French Govt. is backing the Ba’athists to the hilt.

    Snazzy layout Sherry.

  3. Keith says:

    Large bombs dropped on Syria should do the trick.

    As for Saudi Arabia, bomb the with pig carcass’s.