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The Tally Ho

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Bush the Uniter

The Guardian's Ewen MacAskill in Beirut and Duncan Campbell write in their article Iran and Syria confront US with defence pact
Iran and Syria heightened tension across the Middle East and directly confronted the Bush administration yesterday by declaring they had formed a mutual self-defence pact to confront the "threats" now facing them.

The move, which took the Foreign Office by surprise, was announced after a meeting in Tehran between the Iranian vice-president, Mohammed Reza Aref, and the Syrian prime minister, Naji al-Otari.

"At this sensitive point, the two countries require a united front due to numerous challenges," said Mr Otari.

Regarded as rogue states by the White House, Iran is under pressure over its nuclear ambitions, while Syria came under renewed scrutiny over the assassination this week of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.

Once again BushCo is in fact a uniter, not a divider. I wonder how many more countries we can threaten while being stuck in the middle of an occupation in Iraq. There are several theories about the bombing in Beruit floating around, but regardless of who ended up doing it - it sounds as if Syria has lost the most from it.


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