Is there a deal between the US and Syria?
I hope not....
Lebanese politicians have said they fear a compromise has been reached between the international community and Syria. Those politicians based their worries on the fact that U.S. top officials, including President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, have recently decreased their statements on the need to support Lebanon's march toward the establishment of freedom and sovereignty.
They noted a transformation in the U.S. position due to disagreements between the Lebanese over several crucial issues.
Moreover, the Beirut Donors' Conference, which was supposed to be held this month, has been adjourned to next year, without setting a definite date.
The politicians also believe that UN Security Council Resolution 1644 did not meet their expectations and impose sanctions on Syria for its failure to cooperate fully with the international investigation committee into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
The second report issued by the investigation committee, headed by German Prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, was also less coercive and, according to some politicians, reflected the compromise between the international community and Damascus.
Consequently, the question everyone is asking today, is if there was a deal between the United States and Syria, which explains the decrease of pressure and harsh criticism against the latter?