Friday, February 18, 2005

OK, so it's the "Axis of Sometimes Evil".

Following a link from
Cathie, we find the NY Times' Bob Herbert asking a good question:

The United States has long purported to be outraged over Syria's bad behavior, the latest flash point being the possible Syrian involvement in the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri.

From the U.S. perspective, Syria is led by a gangster regime that has, among other things, sponsored terrorism, aided the insurgency in Iraq and engaged in torture. So here's the question. If Syria is such a bad actor - and it is - why would the Bush administration seize a Canadian citizen at Kennedy Airport in New York, put him on an executive jet, fly him in shackles to the Middle East and then hand him over to the Syrians, who promptly tortured him?

Um, yeah. That is kind of an interesting question. Perhaps our ambassador can bring it up with their ambassador. And does this mean we can grab some American who just happens to be visiting, toss him in irons and ship him off to, say, a Sunni-controlled section of Iraq? That would seem to be only fair, no?

I'm thinking, of course, of Jonah Goldberg.

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