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November 01, 2006

White House accuses Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah of plotting to overthrow Lebanese government

Oh, look, a November surprise. The White House is accusing Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah of plotting ot overthrow the government of Lebanon.

The White House said it was "increasingly concerned by mounting evidence that the Syrian and Iranian governments, Hezbollah, and their Lebanese allies are preparing plans to topple Lebanon's democratically-elected government.

"There are indications that one goal of the Syrian plan is to prevent the current Lebanese government from approving the statute for an international tribunal that would try those accused of involvement in former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination," the statement continued." [BBC]

How, exactly is Syria plotting to topple the government of Lebanon? By preventing the formation of an international tribunal from trying suspects accused of assasinating Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.

Hezbollah is holding street demos, urging the Lebanese government to hold elections.

The White House announcement came as the militant group Hezbollah threatened street protests to force early elections in Lebanon. Hezbollah is demanding creation of a "national unity" cabinet that would give the Islamic militants and their allies veto power over key decisions. [CNN]

That's right, if Lebanon doesn't hold early elections, Hezbollah will protest to demand early elections.

Hezbollah, a legal political party that already occupies two cabinet positions in Syria's coalition government, has sworn to legally agitate to change the government. The Hezbollah cabinet ministers might even resign to show how serious they are!

It's unclear exactly how Lebanese parliamentary politics constitutes an Iranian and Syrian plot to overthrow the government of Lebanon.

I think it's just George Bush's way of precluding any chance that Iran or Syria might be willing to help us get out or Iraq. Guess we'll just have to stay the course all by ourselves. Or maybe invade Iran to put a stop to this "plotting" once and for all.

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So, we like the Lebanese again? Isn't Bush the guy who gave the Israelis a green light to bomb Beirut for a month this summer. Now he's worried about the Syrians and Iranians might take a crack at them too?

Somehow reminds me of the Onion headline: "JFK Assassinated by Cubans, CIA, FBI, Russians, and Freemasons"

I heard a snippet of the press conference this morning with Tony Snow saying "none of these countries should meddle with the domestic affairs of Lebanon".

Seriously. Jonatahn Swift couldnt even make this shit up.

Ya know if Syria really is interfering with Lebonese political affairs in a destructive manner (how would they be any different than us, e.g. in Venezuala, then? so much for the moral high ground ...), perhaps we would be in a position to, um, do something about it if we were not dependent on Syria for outsourcing of torture?

I know too many 'Murkins would say "well, then we should stop outsourcing torture to Syria and do it at home" ... but short of being 100% evil, perhaps the reason why GW Bush has to replace actual, um, defensive foreign policy with bluster is that we cannot, um, actually do something about Syria when we are playing footsy with them under the table? And some people still think GW Bush is good for Israel even though his playing footsy with Syria got Israel caught up in a destructive war in which they were our proxy to go after that with which we played footsy?

And as to Iran: if Bush & CO say Iran has weapons and is using them to arm Hezbollah -- I'd believe them. After all, who do ya think armed Iran in the first place? Doesn't anyone remember Iran/Contra 'round here? Of course, one could make the same argument about Iraq, but Bush & CO were still wrong.

Tony Snow saying "none of these countries should meddle with the domestic affairs of Lebanon".

Seriously. Jonatahn Swift couldnt even make this shit up. - DUDACKATTACK!!!

True. But Bush & CO, coiners of the phrase "axis of evil", complaining about the "cartoonish rhetoric" (or some such) of Chavez's speech takes the cake.

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