Hollow rhetoric

A picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on May 8, 2013, shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on May 7, 2013 in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Salehi held talks with Syrian President and said it was time to dissuade Israel from carrying out attacks such as its air strikes on Syria over the past week. AFP PHOTO / SANA

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 10, 2013, on page 7.




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