Arab charity? That's overgeneralizing a bit.I'm suspicious specifically about Syrian charity towards Lebanon. Years of occupation, subverting the national gov't, culminating in the assassination of Rafik Hariri only last year just don't leave me convinced Syria has nothing but benign intentions regarding the Lebanese.Call me a cynic. I figure you're familiar with the concept.
Sorry, Damian, but you're stuck with this one. For years, the neo-con-o-sphere has been bitching and whining about how, if the rest of the Arab world really gave a crap about the Palestinians, they should just give them a hunk of land and invite them to settle in. To not do so just proves how selfish the rest of that Arab world is.But as soon as Syria starts to be charitable, hacks like you jump all over them, ascribing ulterior motives. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Is that the way it works with you?
If you believe Syria is being charitable, I have some oceanfront property in southern Alberta to sell you.I have no problem with charity. But study the history of the Assad Baathist regime and tell me they have a credible track record of genuine charity. They see this as an opportunity to gain favour with the Lebanese, period.I will admit, however, that this is a more civilized attempt at influence than car-bombing a popular Lebanese politician. At least they're getting more subtle about it.
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