Bob Graham, US Senator, calls for bombing of terrorist camps in Syria

The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that US Senator and chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Bob Graham, has called for the bombing of terrorist camps located in Syria and Lebanon.

Calling Hizbullah "the most vicious and effective terrorist organization in the world," Florida senator Bob Graham urged the United States to pressure Syria to dismantle terrorist camps in Lebanon and consider airstrikes if Syria does not take any action.

Graham is head of the committee which is conducting an inquiry examining intelligence failures leading up to the September 11 attacks.

Senators who accompanied Graham to Lebanon and Syria alluded to extremist camps in Lebanon's Palestinian refugee camps and the Bekaa Valley, and said a lesson of September 11 was that Washington was slow to deal with such camps in Afghanistan.

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US Senator Graham demands Syria dismantle terror camps
The Jerusalem Post - By NEWS AGENCIES - July 10, 2002
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?
pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/Full&cid=1025787758620

The US should extend its war on terror to destroy Hizbullah terror camps in Lebanon and Syria, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Bob Graham, said Tuesday after a visit to Syria and Lebanon last week with a delegation of senators.

Calling Hizbullah "the most vicious and effective terrorist organization in the world," Florida senator Bob Graham urged the United States to pressure Syria to dismantle terrorist camps in Lebanon and consider airstrikes if Syria does not take any action.

In an interview on CNN, Graham said the United States should "have a serious discussion with Syria."

Asked if the United States should use airpower to destroy the camps, Graham said that if Syria refuses to close the camps, "then I think the international community, led by the United States, has a priority to do so."

Graham is head of the committee which is conducting an inquiry examining intelligence failures leading up to the September 11 attacks.
Senators who accompanied Graham to Lebanon and Syria alluded to extremist camps in Lebanon's Palestinian refugee camps and the Bekaa Valley, and said a lesson of September 11 was that Washington was slow to deal with such camps in Afghanistan.

Their remarks came during speculation about the next military target in the US anti-terror war and followed a series of US media reports of links between Hezbollah and al-Qaeda militants blamed for September 11.

Lebanese Information Minister Ghazi al-Aridi dismissed Graham's remarks, saying the visit could not have substantiated the charges and it showed US lawmakers were indifferent to the facts in prosecuting the anti-terror war.

"He came to see if these things in his head actually existed and didn't see them," he said. "But that doesn't mean that this thinking isn't out there among people in Congress."

Aridi said Graham's comments seemed intended for the ears of US voters with mid-term elections coming up in November.

"This is for consumption ahead of...the election campaign.

He never raised the issue here, nor spoke about it," Aridi told Reuters. "This is a cheap campaign orchestrated at our expense."

Posted by David Melle
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