Saturday, March 05, 2005

Israeli and American hypocrisy

From Ynetnews (my emphasis in bold):

"Syria must fully withdraw from Lebanon because a U.N. Security Council resolution demands so, Jordanian Foreign Minister Hani Mulki said Saturday.

Syria cannot ignore resolution 1559's existence because all U.N. decisions must be executed, he said following a meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, the first meeting in Israel in four years between such senior officials.

In response, Shalom said over a year ago he ordered the Foreign Ministry to begin diplomatic steps towards the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon.

'At the time it seemed unsubstantial and impossible,' he said. 'However, I'm happy to say it now looks more tangible than ever.'

However, despite this, Shalom said he believes the road ahead is long and it is up to the international community to continue its pressure on Syria, to stop its support of terror and withdraw its troops from Lebanon.

'The international community, parts of the Arab world and Israel, of course, all demand that resolution 1559 be fully implemented,' he said.

This would allow free and democratic elections in Lebanon, allowing the Lebanese people to choose their own representatives to establish an independent country, he said.

'Perhaps in the future we will be able to see the direction the nation has taken, towards a greater understanding and a possible peace with Israel,' he said."

As has been pointed out by many others, it takes real chutzpah for Israel to demand that another country comply with a UN Resolution concerning the withdrawal of occupying troops. The Syrian occupying troops don't engage in massacres of civilians, shoot children and international observers in the face, prevent the inhabitants from having any real life by the imposition of arbitrary and cruel checkpoints, continue to kill people while supposedly under a ceasefire, bulldoze houses over grandmothers, and lob tank shells into groups of schoolchildren. You can also note from Shalom's words that the recent American PR campaign is merely the continuation of an Israeli campaign begun 'over a year ago'.

If that wasn't amusing enough, here's George Bush (my emphasis in bold; Bush continues to speek like a character in a cartoon with comedic problms with the language):

"Syria, Syrian troops, Syria's intelligence services, must get out of Lebanon now. The world is beginning to speak with one voice. We want that democracy in Lebanon to succeed, and we know it cannot succeed so long as she is occupied by a foreign power and that power is Syria."

So the elections in Iraq, which we know were completely controlled by the Pentagon, were a brilliant success, but elections cannot succeed in Lebanon because of the presence of Syrian troops. This despite the fact that Syria was invited in and has been constantly reducing troop levels, and that Syrian troops keep an extremely low profile, avoid civilian casualties, confine themselves to rural areas in a part of the country, and have been in place without incident for over ten years.

The question that interests me? How are the Americans going to do it? How are they going to start another war on another sovereign country that poses no threat to the United States based on this flimsiest and most hypocritical of excuses? Syria has no links to al Qaeda, no weapons of mass destruction that could possibly harm the United States, no nukes or even a nuclear program. Neither Syria nor Lebanon is of any real importance to the United States. How many more hundred billion dollars and thousands of American deaths - not to mention tens of thousands of Syrian deaths - is catering to the Likudniks worth? The attack on Iraq was for Israel, and the attack on Syria will be entirely for Israel (not to mention the attack on Iran), but at least the Bush Administration was able to make some lies convincing to the majority of the American people. After the bitter experience of Iraq, what kind of whopper will they have to come up with for Syria? The only possibility is another staged terrorist attack, this time with 15 of the 19 terrorists using stolen Syrian identities.