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Press defiance and anger over Syria
Arabic Press

Hours after the UN Security Council endorsed calls for Syria to co-operate fully with an inquiry into the death of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri, papers throughout the Arab world comment on the state of play between Syria and the UN.

Syrian and many other Arab commentators are outraged and defiant, accusing the international community of hypocrisy and double standards, and of plotting against Damascus.

Some voices urge Syria to co-operate more fully, but one commentator warns the world is witnessing a "dance of death" between Syria and the United States.

Umar Jafatali in Syria's Tishrin

The attitude of some international parties blaming Syria for lack of cooperation with the investigation committee is sheer hypocrisy... Once again, Syria says it wants the truth before anybody else. However, it wants a truth with clear-cut proofs, not a truth based on conjecture.

Muhammad Ali Budha in Syria's Al-Thawrah

For those who are today pushing to settle scores with the Arabs... and are using the UN as a tool to inflict punishment, seek revenge and humiliate nations for political reasons, it would have been better to have the courage to turn their attention to Israel and expose its terrorist practices.

Egypt's Al-Jumhuriyah

The UN, which is supposed to represent international law, holds meetings not in order to put an end to the massacres perpetuated against the Iraqis and the Palestinians, not to tell the American and Israeli occupiers to leave lands they have seized, but to settle an account with Syria on suspicion of committing a single political crime, while absolving all those who killed a whole nation!

Abd al-Hadi Abd al-Basit in Sudan's Al-Hayyat al-Siyasiyah

Syria should not fall victim to the plot in the same way Iraq did, because the 'enemies' this time are weakened by wounds and they want to blackmail Syria while waiting for the rope to loosen around their necks in Iraq and Afghanistan. The best way for Syria is to confront and defy the Security Council's conspiracy and turn the table on the conspirators.

Muhammad Mashmushi in Lebanon's Al-Nahar

The Syrian people know that whatever their position is with regard to the Mehlis investigation committee, this will not prevent Bush from implementing his scheme for Syria at the political, economic or even at the military level.

Jordan's Al-Dustur

Talk about plots and foreign schemes are not the answer nor will they be in Syria's interest. The best way to handle the issue is to act with courage and transparency... Syria will be sitting a hard test and we hope it will get through it with success.

Qatar's Al-Rayah

It is in Syria's interest to honour its commitment as soon as possible and without hesitation, and offer the cooperation needed to resolve the crisis. At the same time, Detlev Mehlis should carry out his investigation with full impartiality and objectivity.

Iran's Siyasat-e-Ruz

Although Damascus in the current situation is trying to enjoy the full support of Arab countries, and the Arab countries are worried that the future of Syria could be a pointer to their own future, regional realities and different objectives amongst the Arab countries are obstacles on the path of supporting Syria.

Mamun Fandi in pan-Arab Al-Sharq al-Awsat

The Mehlis report could lead to a crack emerging within Assad's regime... In this dance of death between Bush and Assad, it is very likely that the US administration may start a foreign war with Syria to divert public opinion away from the problems facing the White House.

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