This is a battle of words. True, eight people died, but everyone knows
Syria is not going to attack America – as it has the right to.
Syria has been invaded. America called it "taking matters into our own
hands". But the real debate is over what Syria is calling it.
On the streets, people are calling this an act of war. But officials
are deliberately steering clear of those two explosive words.
Syria does not want a war, no matter how limited, which is what
America appears to be gunning for.
Instead, they're calling it a war crime. That's telling, because it
frames the attack within the context of what's going on in Iraq. Syria
is making it clear it sees the invasion as a misstep in America's war
on Iraq. It is not an outright invasion.
Syria is as stunned as the rest of the world. It has cracked down on
people crossing the border. It's impossible to travel anywhere near
the border without getting stopped, checked or followed.
And America knows it. It has praised Syria for stopping the flow of fighters.
In Damascus, protection has been stepped up at the US Embassy. And on
the night of the attack there was an impromptu demonstration on the