Thursday, October 09, 2003

Syria cries foul

It seems the state run Syrian news is upset that the US Congress has preliminary approval of a bill authorizing sanctions against the state of Syria. Reading this is a great insight into the mind of the "moderate" Arab Muslim.

First the they describe the House International Relations Committee 33-2 vote in favor of Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act as the work of "ultra-extremists." This, I think, is a great example of the worldview constantly on display in the Arab/Muslim world. So twisted, so skewed that either they really think that 35 freely elected members of the Congress of the United States of America, the worlds most dynamic liberal democracy, are nothing more than ultra-extremists or they are hinting at something much worse. That Congress is doing the bidding of some secret cabal of Zionist masters.

Also so you see the denial so prevalent in the Arab/Muslim world. A denial where the state run Syrian news says:

"The whole world knows that Syria is the country that demanded, and is still demanding, the clearing of the whole (Middle East) region of weapons of mass destruction, and it is abiding by the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which Israel is refusing to join,"

In one sentence they claim to be pure of heart while also getting in a dig at Israel. The article goes on to reiterate Syria’s long held denial of what is nothing other that complete and open cooperation with the terrorist groups Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad while also getting in a dig at Israel. Of course they’ll lie about supporting terrorists you might be thinking and if so you are wrong. For in the mind of the average Arab/Muslim thinker those groups are freedom fighters not terrorists and when you believe that the denial of reality rolls off the tongue with great ease.

Even the Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa displayed the same worldview when he stated he "is very worried about these baseless accusations against Syria". There are not terror training camps in Syria? There are not open meetings between terror groups in Damascus? There are not Syrian troops occupying Lebanon and assisting Hezbollah there? No says the Arab/Muslim worldview. Those aren’t terror camps they are training grounds for freedom fighters. Those aren’t terror leaders meeting those are heroes risking their lives to defend Palestine. Those troops aren’t occupying Lebanon, they are there to assist the Lebanese get back on their feet.


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