A political murder in Lebanon created an earthquake and the aftershocks are still being felt. Without specifically accusing Syria, yet, the US ambassador to Syria has been recalled and before leaving, Ambassador Margaret Scobey delivered a demarche to the Syrian government. Lebanese, who have been increasingly more vocal about their general discomfort with being occupied by Syria, were not so restrained. Political leaders that are not in Syria's employ bluntly implicated the Syrian government. The murdered man, Rifik Hariri, it turns out, was an opponent of Syrian occupation and was thought to be the primary influence behind the UN Security Council's resolution demanding the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon. What amazes me about all of this is how little organizations like International ANSWER or Code Pink ever mentions the 12 year long occupation of Lebanon by Syria. OK so maybe I'm lying about being amazed. But what about the Left in general. Why is it they can rail about the benevolent occupation of Iraq which results in Democracy and the aggressive defense of civilians by Israel but barely a word is mentioned about the Syrian occupation of the nation of Lebanon? But it seems to me that Syria may have gone a step too far this time....
The brave soldiers fighting for fascism in Iraq have released a video of them threatening a woman with her life. True, she believes as they do that the evil American occupiers should leave Iraq, but they are threatening to give her life for their cause, an arrangement I'm not sure she was a party to. Meanwhile, Sunnis who boycotted the election get religion and admit it was a mistake. And Arthur Chrenkoff has the results of a new poll taken in Iraq.
Michael Ledeen of the National Review writes: The great political battlefield in the Middle East is, as it has been all along, Iran, the mother of modern terrorism, the creator of Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, and the prime mover of Hamas. When the murderous mullahs fall in Tehran, the terror network will splinter into its component parts, and the jihadist doctrine will be exposed as the embodiment of failed lies and misguided messianism. Read the whole thing.
India and Pakistan continue to make progress over Kashmir and have recently agreed to reopen a bus route through the region. Baby steps....
Abu Sayyaf thinks that bombs are an appropriate gift for Valentines Day. They are so misunderstood.
Venezuela and Columbia settle their dispute. Chavez is still an idiot. No disputing that.
Court rules that New York Times reporter Judith Miller and Time reporter Matthew Cooper have no constitutional basis for witholding the name of their sources in the Valerie Plame case. They will appeal. And it seems that bloggers have had an impact on this case as well. Oh my God! They're everywhere!
The Pentagon denies allegations by Iran and The Washington Post that it has used drones to spy on Iranian nuke sites and probe Iranian air defenses, though it admits that it does use drones to monitor the Iran-Iraq border. This is likely true since the Military has little use for such information and the drones are much better employed elsewhere. "We're not the only ones who fly those things," they said and that's true as well. Meanwhile, Iran also says that the US is monitoring their nuke sites via satellite to which I say: Well Duh...
The Senate unanimously approved Michael Chertoff as the new Secretary of Homeland Security.
A preview of the new movie Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Don't Panic.
Introducing the attack sub Jimmy Carter. Next: a tank named Neville Chamberlain.