American Troops on the Golan
To the Editor:
The Center for Security Policy report, “U.S. Forces on the Golan Heights?” [December 1994], raises a number of important points concerning Golan peacekeeping. However, . . . it fails to address adequately the likely policy context of a decision to participate in Golan peacekeeping. . . . It never seriously devotes itself to a rigorous analysis of the benefits that the United States would derive from a Syrian-Israeli peace. Rather, it concentrates almost exclusively on the potential risks. . . .
For instance, many of those who believe that a Syrian-Israeli peace is in the U.S. interest do so because they believe that it would, inter alia, lead to a Lebanese-Israeli agreement, end the military conflict on Israel’s borders, and mark a major step toward a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace. Some also believe that a Syrian-Israeli peace could help marginalize secular Palestinian rejectionist groups, reduce the influence of Hezbollah, and enhance America’s ability to contain Iraq and Iran. The study neglects to consider any of these points.
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