This sounds serious if true. But is it true? From the New York Sun. Secretary Rice's mission to the Middle East has already failed because Syria has issued an ultimatum that augurs a world war soon enough. The Syrian ultimatum is meant to provoke Israel and to pull America directly into the fighting. The ultimatum threatens that the attacks by Hezbollah â trained, supplied and commanded by Iranian Revolutionary Guards â will increase in intensity unless America negotiates directly with Hezbollah, Syria and Iran. The ultimatum demands that America force Israel to withdraw from Lebanon, to cease tactical strikes on Hezbollah bases and weaponry in Lebanon, to cease tactical strikes on Hamas in Gaza, and to make territorial concessions that would mean that Israel could no longer defend either Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Knowing that America cannot agree to such an unprecedented surrender, Syria and its sponsor, Iran, are preparing for the next stage of the escalation, which is meant to draw the American military directly into the shooting war. "Syria Warns It Will Strike Israel Deeper" By JOHN BATCHELOR - Special to the Sun July 26, 2006 http://www.nysun.com/article/36757 1. Why would Syria thus openly avow or strongly imply that it is thus able to control Hizbollah operations? 2. Why would Syria thus affirm that it strategically coordinates its foreign policy decisions with those of Iran? 3. Why would Syria seek "to draw the American military directly into the shooting war?" The more I mull this over the more it sounds like a Fox News fantasy.