U.S. Policy and the Road to Damascus: Who's Converting Whom? Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, April 24, 2008   [open pdf - 272KB]

From the opening statement of Gary L. Ackerman: "Syria […] remains a key actor in the Middle East, and one that has for the duration of the Bush administration been getting away with murder. That is not a figure of speech. During the Bush administration, Damascus has literally been getting away with murder. Syria has been facilitating the moving of jihadis in Iraq who are killing our troops, and murdering innocent Iraqis. Syria facilitated the movement of jihadis into Lebanon, armed them, and set them to make war against the Lebanese state. […] Together with Iran, Syria is responsible for the arming and rearming of Hezbollah […]. In defiance of U.N. Security Council mandates, Syria is continuing to provide arms and facilitate the movement of arms from Iran to Hezbollah in order to facilitate that group's efforts to undermine Lebanon's sovereignty and independence. […] Peace cannot be purchased by rewarding aggression. There will be no deal with the dictator in Damascus. Lebanon is not for sale, and justice is not a commodity in which the United States should trade. The special tribunal will proceed and the guilty will pay for their crimes. Neither bombs nor threats nor hollow promises of peace will advert the justice that is coming. The Assad regime must know that salvation will not come from well-intentioned American politicians ready to sell the freedoms of others to buy the illusion of security for themselves." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Gary L. Ackerman, Martin S. Indyk, Ammar Abdulhamid, Peter W. Rodman, Mike Pence, and Sheila Jackson Lee.

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