Someone should tell Condi Rice that the game is
up. With the Bush administration dissolving in illegalities committed by key
officials in their attempts to protect the lies that they used to justify the
U.S. invasion of Iraq, the secretary of state is trying to ramp up war against
Grasping a UN report that uses unreliable witnesses to implicate Syria in the
assassination of a former Lebanese government official, Condi Rice told the
BBC on Oct. 23 that Syria's crime cannot be "left lying on the table. This
really has to be dealt with."
This is amazing for many reasons. Here is the person in charge of U.S. diplomacy
acting as if she is the secretary of war unsheathing military force. Whoever
heard of an American diplomat wanting to start a war because a former Middle
Eastern government official was assassinated?
The UN investigator, Detlev Mehlis, has no more idea who assassinated the former
official than the U.S. knows who is responsible for assassinating the many Iraqi
officials under its protection. After more than two and one-half years of war
in Iraq, the U.S. still doesn't know exactly whom it is fighting. Yet Mehlis
blames Syria for an assassination on the strength of an informer described by
the German news magazine Der
Spiegel as a convicted felon and swindler.
On the basis of the word of a convicted felon and swindler, Condi Rice wants
a high level UN Security Council meeting to condemn Syria so the Bush administration
can bring about "regime change" in Syria.
With the U.S. Department of State doing everything it can to demonize and destabilize
Syria, Condi Rice's mouthpiece, Adam Ereli, declared that Syria must end attempts
to destabilize its neighbors. This is the type of propaganda we were fed about
Iraq. Syria is not destabilizing any country. It is all Syria can do to maintain
its own stability. The U.S. is the great Middle East destabilizer.
Isn't the secretary of state aware that the government of which she is a part
is in dire difficulties because it went to war based on highly unreliable "intelligence"
supplied by highly unreliable people?
Does the secretary of state read the CIA reports? Doesn't she know that the
U.S. has created extraordinary instability in Iraq? A country that formerly
had no terrorists now serves as a training ground for al-Qaeda, according to
Is this the time to repeat the Iraq blunder in Syria?
The American people should be terrified by the warmongering ideologues that
President Bush has put in charge of his government. The greatest danger that
the U.S. faces are the fools in the Bush administration.
Why is Syria being demonized? Syrian troops were part of the U.S. coalition
organized by President George Herbert Walker Bush that liberated Kuwait in 1991
from Saddam Hussein. The current head of government in Syria is a mild-mannered
ophthalmologist who inherited the post five years ago because his older brother, the original heir apparent,
had died in a car crash.
Syria has done nothing to the U.S. and poses no threat to the U.S. The Syrian
government is concerned about Syria becoming unhinged by schisms like the Sunni-Shi'ite
schism set loose in Iraq by the incompetent Bush administration.
Why does Condi Rice think the Bush administration has the right to decide who
heads the Syrian government? According to news reports, the Bush administration
has asked the Israeli and Italian governments to nominate a replacement for
the current president of Syria.
A country incapable of choosing a better president than George W. Bush has
no business choosing a president for any other country. In place of aggressive
interference in the internal affairs of other countries, the U.S. needs to find
a competent president for itself.
Maybe we should ask
the Italians whom they would recommend.