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Monday, March 07, 2005

I`m No Saddam! (But I Play One on T.V.)

This from the New York Daily News:

'I'm no Saddam,' says
conciliatory Syria prez

WASHINGTON - Syrian President Bashar Assad in a report yesterday asked the U.S. to choose diplomacy over force and avoid the kind of confrontation that ended the reign of his neighboring dictator.
"Please send this message: I am not Saddam Hussein. I want to cooperate," Assad pleaded in a Time magazine interview.

Syria has been on the defensive since the assassination of ex-Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri in Beirut last month. Under pressure from the U.S., France and protesters in Lebanon, Assad has agreed to pull troops from Lebanon after three decades of occupation. But the U.S. wants him to move faster.

Lebanese officials said Syrian troops willbegin heading for Lebanon's Bekaa Valley near the border today, after a meeting between Assad and Lebanese President Emile Lahoud. It was not clear when or if theywould leave completely.

The White House has demanded the immediate removal of the troops, and yesterday said that also applied to Syria's intelligence and secret police.

Syria got support from one quarter yesterday. The militant group Hezbollah, which is backed by Syria and Iran, called for pro-Syria demonstrations in Beirut tomorrow.

James Gordon Meek

Originally published on March 7, 2005

Just a couple of quick observations;
It`s pretty obvious that Syria is
very afraid of George Herbert Walker Bush. Assad clearly doesn`t want to end up in a spider hole. (Can`t say I blame him.)

Also, did you notice that part about Syrian troops being evacuated to Lebanon`s Bekka valley? Hmmmm? So this evacuation is going to be done in stages, with the Bekka as the final point of exit for the entire Syrian army. Assad is practically begging for mercy in this article, and yet he wants a slow withdrawl. I wonder what he`s been hiding in Lebanon? Could it be those stories about Saddam`s WMD`s being stashed in the Bekka are true?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Syria has no reason to be afraid of George Herbert Walker Bush. That man is just another ex-president.
Did you mean to say "George W. Bush"? He's the current president -- and I am afraid of him.
Michael Morrison

7:48 PM  
Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

You are absolutely right, Michael; I meant George WALKER Bush and wrote his fathers name by mistake! That`s the trouble with blogging; I write these things on the fly (when I have time), and editing can be a problem. I completely missed this.

Thanks for the assistance, and thanks for visiting! I checked out your blog and it`s pretty interesting!

5:08 AM  

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