Posted by Joshua on Monday, October 9th, 2006
Bashar al Assad interview with BBC’s John Simpson tonight – Monday 9.10.06 at 07.30pm GMT BBC World or 11.30pm GMT BBC News 24
The SANA version (abridged)
Syria is prepared to hold talks with Israel and wants a peaceful solution to the Middle East conflict, President Bashar al-Assad has said.
In an interview with the BBC’s John Simpson, President Assad said Syria and Israel could live side-by-side in peace accepting each other’s existence.
However, he said “we do not know whether this [Israeli] government is strong enough to move towards peace”.
He also said support from Washington was integral to any peace deal.
The current US administration has said Syria is a member of what it has called an axis of evil. Washington has also accused Syria of backing
Hezbollah in Lebanon, an organisation it views as a terrorist group.
Following the repercussions of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, Mr Assad said officials in the West had accused Syria of supporting terrorism to try to make it “a scapegoat” and to “absolve themselves from any responsibility”.
The Syrian leader condemned attacks in Iraq against “civilians and innocents” but said that “resistance is the right of the people”.
“The insurgency is against the law – we don’t support it. Resistance we adopt as a concept, that does not mean we support it with money or armaments,” President Assad said.
MIT Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies has come out today with a special issue on the Lebanon war.
For full and free access:
GUEST EDITORS: Reinoud Leenders, Amal Ghazal, Jens Hanssen
ISRAEL ‘S 2006 W R ON LEBANON:
REFLECTIONS ON THE INTERNATIONAL LAW OF FORCE
Karim Makdisi 9
WILL WE WIN?
CONVERGENCE AND ISRAEL’S LATEST LEBANON WAR
Robert Blecher 27
HOW THE REBEL REGAINED HIS CAUSE
HIZBULLAH & THE SIXTH ARAB-ISRAELI WAR
Reinoud Leenders 38
THE REFUGEES WHO GIVE REFUGE
Laleh Khalili 57
HIZBULLAH AND THE IDF:
ACCEPTING NEW REALITIES ALONG THE BLUE LINE
Nicholas Blanford 68
THE PEACEKEEPING CHALLENGE IN LEBANON
Augustus Richard Norton 76
POLITICS AND BUSINESS, STATE AND CITIZENRY:
PRELIMINARY THOUGHTS ON THE RESPONSE TO
LEBANON’S HUMANITARIAN CRISIS
Jim Quilty 80
THE OUTLOOK FOR ECONOMIC RECONSTRUCTION IN
LEBANON AFTER THE 2006 WAR
Bassam Fattouh and Joachim Kolb 96
DECONSTRUCTING A “HIZBULLAH STRONGHOLD ”
Lara Deeb 115
MEDIA IS THE CONTINUATION OF WAR WITH OTHER
MEANS: THE NEW YORK T IM E S. C O V E R A G E O F T HE
ISRAELI WAR ON LEBANON
Yasser Munif 126
GREAT EXPECTATIONS, LIMITED MEANS:
FRANCE AND THE 2006 ISRAELI-LEBANESE WAR
Elizabeth Picard 141
ISRAEL IN LEBANON:
THE FOREIGN POLICY LOGICS OF JEWISH STATEHOOD
Virginia Tilley 152
SIZE DOES NOT MATTER:
THE SHEBAA FARMS IN HISTORY AND CONTEMPORARY
Asher Kaufman 163
EXPORTING DEATH AS DEMOCRACY:
AN ESSAY ON U.S. FOREIGN POLICY IN LEBANON
Irene Gendzier 177
L ebanon.s P olitical E conom y: A fter S yria, an E conom ic T a.if?
Reviewed by Reinoud Leenders 188
Hizbullah: Iranian Surrogate or Independent Actor?
Reviewed by Rola el-Husseini 204
Making Sense of Al Qaeda
Review Essay by John A. McCurdy 210
Reviewed by Amir Asmar 220
Fawaz A. Gerges
The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global
Reviewed by Mohamed Yousry 223
Paul A. Silverstein
Algeria in France. Transpolitics, Race, and Nation
Reviewed by Margaret A. Majumdar 225
Nurturing the Nation: The Family Politics of Modernizing, Colonizing and
Liberating Egypt, 1805-1923
Reviewed by Omnia El Shakry 227