Saturday, March 12, 2005
Assad commits to full withdrawal from Lebanon: UN envoy
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has committed himself to a full withdrawal of Syrian military and intelligence units from Lebanon, a special UN envoy said.Well I guess that the the big counter protests did not claim the moral weight that Boy Assad was hoping. As I mentioned, the idea making the circuit on the left is that the size of the counter protest proves that the Lebanese are not united in wanting to get rid Lebanon of Syria. They ignore that the protests were given a helping hand from Boy Assad. (see link to Democracy Now! for another visit to a river in Egypt) The headline of the Daily Kos post is " Hundreds of Thousands of Pro-Syria Protesters Challenge U.S. Expectations in Lebanon."
Ill-informed talk has been focused during the last two weeks about "bringing Democracy to Lebanon." Well, Lebanon is already a Democracy and has been for around sixty years. Lack of Democracy is not their problem.You see, Lebanon is a democracy because it holds elections even though it is occupied by Syria. But Iraq cannot hold elections while being occupied by the U.S.
GEORGE GALLOWAY: They're a farce. They're rigged. An election held under foreign military occupation is always, by definition, utterly flawed. But one which is held in the kind of conditions in which this one is being held is flawed beyond redemption. The facts are that it is simply impossible to hold an election when there is a full-scale war going on between the occupying armies and the resistance forces.The world is changing so fast that the left hardly has 24 hours before their latest rationalization is proved wrong.The left doesn't have 24 hours before its latest rationalization is overtaken by events. I thought it interesting that this thread at Democraticunderground.com only has this one morally relativistic comment:
Update: Lebanese Blogger ForumOh, somewhere in this favoured land the sun is shining bright,
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout,
But there is no joy in Mudville—mighty Casey has struck out.
Update II: Tim Blair notes some on the left are calling for support of U.S. policy now that things seem to be working out. Success has a thousand fathers. The interest of comity behooves the right not to gloat too much. Besides, we still have plenty of moonbats out there who haven't a clue.