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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Bush Raises the Bar (Again) in Hypocrisy

Sometimes, the commentary just kind of writes itself.

On Tuesday, September 19, 2006, George Bush spoke to the United Nations General Assembly on a range of issues including the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, the security struggles in Iraq and the larger global War On Terror (TM). In the portion of his speech regarding the War On Terror (TM), Bush included these comments addressed directly to the people of Syria:

To the people of Syria, your land is home to a great people with a proud tradition of learning and commerce. Today, your rulers have allowed your country to become a crossroad for terrorism.

In your midst, Hamas and Hezbollah are working to destabilize the region, and your government is turning your country into a tool of Iran. This is increasing your country's isolation from the world.

Your government must choose a better way forward by ending its support for terror and living at peace with your neighbors, and opening the way to a better life for you and your families. ( http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/bush_text )


For once, I am in one hundred percent agreement with Der Decider. One thing Syria can IMMEDIATELY begin doing to begin living in peace with its neighbors in the world community is to STOP "IN-SOURCING" THE TORTURE OF ALLEGED TERRORISM SUSPECTS ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES.

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article1621765.ece

Canadian terror suspect tortured in Syria after 'rendition' by US

Campaigners have demanded that the Bush administration be held accountable for the illegal seizure of a Canadian citizen who was handed over to Syrian authorities and subsequently tortured.

They said the case of Maher Arar, who was cleared by a Canadian public inquiry of being any threat to that country's national security, exposed the faults of President Bush's "war on terror".

The inquiry concluded that Mr Arar, who was seized by US agents while changing planes at a New York airport in 2002 and incarcerated in Syria for 10 months, was the victim of false information about his alleged link to al-Qa'ida being passed by Canadian police to the US.


Somehow, I think a page or two from George's prepared text must have been lost on the way from Air Force One to the UN. I think the page he meant to read had the following text:

I would like to personally thank the people and the government of Syria for being the perfect partners in my, excuse me, the War on Terror (TM). You're there when I need you as a bad guy to help turn out the votes in the Red States and you're there as a bad guy when I need you to torture other bad guys so I don't get indicted for war crimes. The next time you're in Crawford, come on over and say "howdy". We can tool around in my Faux Ford truck, cut some brush, and reminisce about hanging KSM from his big toes. Hee hee hee hee....