“President Bush to make first trip to Syria,” by Alex

The following is a false story. It is a fabricated piece of positive news. Unlike the widespread use of fabricated negative Syria news which often made its way to Washington through numerous sites and blogs that Washington supports or trusts, such as some Syrian opposition or Lebanese March14th sites.

American Middle East policies are affected by the systematic distortion of the facts… and probably one of the reasons why President Bush never wanted to meet the Syrian president for the past seven years.

2 hours ago

WASHINGTON (APF) — US President George W. Bush will make his first trip to Syria in January, hoping to help forge a peace deal between Syria and Israel before he leaves office one year later, his spokeswoman said Thursday.

Analysts expect the president to also discuss Syria's role in facilitating Lebanon's presidential elections.

The January 8-16 visit will also take him to Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt to promote talks launched at a peace conference in Annapolis, Maryland, late last month, said Dana Perino.

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The President will indeed visit The Kingdom of Bahrain (253 sq mi), but will NOT visit Syria.

To find the extent of the fabrication of negative Syria news, read my earlier post below which has numerous examples.

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51. Shual said:

“I know, but the mere thought of it sent shivers down my spine! Besides, Bush has not been the living legend of consistency or rationalism, so anything can be expected from him.”

Ausamaa,
“anything can be expected from him” is equal the “Alex-hoax” and after reading your explanation in the first post everyone can understand that the conclusion must be found in between. The [ambitious] hoax brings [ambitious] thinkers back into the question what really could happen.

Unpleasant joke about Bush? I don’t think so. You expressed the “feeling”, the true “opinion” [“We do not want”] and I know that you are able to talk about the real things that can be expected. I think that this place is quite able to process your conclusion and thats why this place can be used for hoaxes, too. [If its not getting a hoax-only-zone.] On the other hand, everyone is going “too far”, writes “unpleasant conclusions or stories”, is one-sided and thats only a normal thing.

Contrary to that: In Germany you can take your statement into mass-media blogs and your statement will be feeding the bipolar war of the paranoid mass of members that only use it as a proof for their fixed world view. They will eat you alive [an ARAB! Hunt him!] 45% will hail you, 45% will condemn you. Your conclusion makes you a victim and vehicle. And thats why I said “Great work” in my first post [and I am talking about the Alex-hoax]. It can hit you really anywhere, and sorry, but if you shiver because of that hoax, you can not have very much experience of cyberwar-battles in [german or american] mass-medias with thousands of idiots.

And thats all what I can say about this story.

PS: I never use “anything can…” I try to use silly pictures like [Jerusalem visit] “Once upon a time a guy named Jesus came to Jerusalem on a donkey and the security procedure was to lay out palm leaves. Now, 2007, the donkey comes alone and they have to close the whole city”. A simple and silly method to escape the hoax-conlusions we all want to cry out.

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January 4th, 2008, 11:41 pm

 

52. Jay said:

Both Alex & Joshua, I think you should move to Syria since you’re so infatuated with this regime. Then when subjected to their ‘freedoms’ come back and tell us how great things are…

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January 5th, 2008, 12:01 am

 

53. Alex said:

Ausamaa,

regardless of how one feels about President Bush, I am sure if he meets with Bashar FOR THE FIRST TIME he will change his mind about many things. He will not fall in love withe the Syrians of course .. but the net result will be positive.

He never ever met with Bashar .. seven years of talking about Syria without meeting the president of Syria

Bashar tried to go to the United States a couple of years ago .. to attend the UN general assembly session. The administration advised him that if he insists on coming to America, he will regret it…. street demonstrations, not being invited to any UN receptions or dinners … basically being treated like an “evil man”.

This post, as Shual explained, is an experiment … what if they met and talked about all the mess everywhere?… why not?

Can anyone here suggest the real reasons why President Bush never met Bashar? … even long before Harir was killed … since 2000 when the Queen of England, Blair, Chirac, Hariri, Abdullah were all meeting with him .. President Bush did not want to get anywhere close to him. Why?

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January 5th, 2008, 12:16 am

 

54. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

Thank you Observer for showing the huge difference between Israel and Syria. Cook lives without any problems in Nazareth and has no problem publishing his outright lies and fabrications. No harm whatsoever is done to him. However, try just to criticize the regime in Syria a little and you know where you will end up. That is the whole difference. That is why Israel has been winning for 60 years and the Arabs have been losing. That is why the average Israeli is 6-7 times richer than the average Syrian. It is called democracy, and every time you paste criticism of Israel by a resident of Israel that is exercising his freedom of sppech, you are just proving how democratic Israel is and how different Syria is in this context.

The irony is that you don’t even understand the lesson from your postings.

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January 5th, 2008, 12:27 am

 

55. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

Alex,
So now Bashar is smart and constructive. Tell that to the Lebanese and to the millions of oppressed Syrians that will have to live a life of poverty because you Alex decided that ONE person can decide the fate of 19 million.

You are putting your energy in supporting a dictator and are working against democracy by doing so. You have every right to do it and we have every right to point out that what you are doing is not considered acceptable in the western world. It is the Syrian people that should decide the fate of Syria. Not one man, no matter how smart he is. Even if you don’t understand this simple truth, we will keep putting it forward.

And what is especially mind boggling is that in Canada you would DEMAND the rights that you so casually accept that Bashar does not grant the Syrian people. How can you live with this blatant inconsistency? Why are you against the Syrians having the same basic rights as you?????

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January 5th, 2008, 12:37 am

 

56. Alex said:

?????

Even though I already answered this question many times.

the answer, again, is that “Change” is difficult and risky .. especially int he Middle East.

Canada is already stable. I am not trying to make it anything radically different.

I lived in Egypt for 5 years .. I did not demand any changes there either despite everything I did not like.

You insist on ignoring that I obviously want the same democracy for Syria …in due time … within 7 to 14 years (one to two presidential terms)

We both like democracy … I understand Syria, and I care about Syria. You don’t … and that is the real difference between us.

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January 5th, 2008, 12:41 am

 

57. Shual said:

“This post .. is an experiment … what if they met and talked about all the mess everywhere?… why not?”

I know a guy that has to… “for a class at university I am these days preparing a fictional Memorandum of Understanding between Hizbollah and Mustaqbal as the two most powerful actors of the opposing camps in order to overcome the current crisis in Lebanon.” [Starts with: The following fictional memorandum is based on the assumption that both movements have the intention to de-escalate current tensions and contribute to a stable Lebanon.]

THIS is an experiment. 🙂

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January 5th, 2008, 1:32 am

 

58. Friend in America said:

Alex (jan 3 8:47 PM). When heads of state visit another country there always is an agenda (such meetings usually are mostly ceremonial). I don’t think I would even suggest President Assad visit Washington or President Bush visit Damascus without an advance agenda. I would visit. You would too, but the world would not watch us and hundreds of press would not ask us to disclose what we talked about.
More seriously, I gather from your remarks there is much President Assad and his Ministers would say to President Bush and his ministers if they had the opportunity. If so, the door is open and the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Damascus knows how to start and who to contact. That would be terrific.

To the others: Do not rule out George Bush in 2008. What he does internationally between now and when the next President is sworn in, in January, 2009, will define in many respects what the next administration will assume and complete. International affairs does not change much from adminstration to administration.

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January 5th, 2008, 2:51 am

 

59. Nour said:

AIG,

I guarantee you that were Syria a state submissive to Israel but with the same dictatorial regime, you would have no problem with it, just as you have no problem with Jordan, Egypt, and KSA. I wish you would at least be courageous enough to be honest and stop pretending like you care in the least bit about the Syrian people. Many Syrians all over Syria have struggled and sacrificed for the sake of improving their country and we Syrians see the fruit of their sacrifices little by little. We know our country and we know what it takes to bring change there. You don’t know Syria, nor do you care to know Syria, and are merely concerned with what Syria’s position is vis-a-vis Israel and its murderous, criminal actions.

The bottom line is that you represent an ideology bent on the eradication of an entire people and the establishment and maintaining of a racist, exclusivist entity. You want to assure that this agenda continues to prevail without any hinderance, and this is the extent of your interest in Syria and its people. There are many brutal dictatorships around the world. Can you honestly say that you log into other websites and internet forums for the sake of denouncing those dictatorships and promoting democratic change?

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January 5th, 2008, 3:11 am

 

60. Honest Patriot said:

Nour,

May I humbly suggest that your tone is somewhat categorical towards AIG. Specifically:
“Israel and its murderous, criminal actions”
“you represent an ideology bent on the eradication of an entire people and the establishment and maintaining of a racist, exclusivist entity”
“You want to assure that this agenda continues to prevail without any hinderance”
One day there will be peace between all arab countries and Israel (there already is peace between Egypt and Israel, Jordan and Israel). The “exclusivist” approach followed by Israel is seen everywhere as nothing more than one prompted by survival instincts of a small country surrounded by a sea of hostile nations. Sure they have their own extremists and fanatics but these are the minority. Granted that the facts on the ground were created by an unfair move some 60 years ago, but dealing with it cannot be done by “throwing Israel into the sea” or by “diluting its Jewish population into extinction” which is the implicit or explicit mantra of many arab extremists. There is plenty of blame to go around to every country in the ME, Israel included. Constructive solutions though can only come about from forward thinkers looking generations ahead and working towards the peaceful and prosperous coexistence of these “cousins.”
Criminal acts are committed by individuals, by nations, and by groups (in the latter case called terrorist groups). What’s the solution? It sure is NOT by name calling, escalating the rhetoric, and perpetuating hatred.
Folks like AIG, Akbar Palace, etc., have a genuine interest in the region, in Arab culture, politics, that go beyond just the cold self-serving agenda you attribute to them. Sure Israelis help each other. Sure Jews worldwide for the most part try to hang together and support each other. So do Armenians. By contrast (with many exceptions of course) Arabs in general end up with infighting, or at least have done so for the recent decades. Let’s work on making it just a phase that will be outgrown. If the Arabs united together and worked through peaceful means to enforce their rights, they would have succeeded a long time ago at creating prosperity for their people and at finding a peaceful coexistence formula with Israel. Let’s not make excuses by saying that it’s just hard, and change takes too long, and the structure of this or the other arab country does not permit a Western style democracy. At the root of it is simply true educational progress for all the people. The rest follows naturally. Israel is the example. Let’s call our friends you target in this forum cousins rather than enemies.

Peace

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January 5th, 2008, 4:15 am

 

61. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

Nour,
I have stated many times that Mubarak and Abdallah are almost as bad as Bashar and that I don’t want peace enforced by dictators. If the people of Jordan and Egypt do not want peace with Israel, then there shouldn’t be peace between the two countries. This is my position on Syria also. Let the Syrian’s decide, not Bashar or Alex, whether they want peace with Israel.

Would you accept any American (or Canadian) saying: Hey I know Mexicans, they will only be ready for democracy in 14 years, we don’t need to give them rights like any other people now. But as a Syrian, you accept saying this about your fellow Syrians while YOU live in a democracy. And your lame excuse is that since you know your fellow countrymen it is ok to deny them rights now. I am not talking about your enemies that you want to deny rights to. It is your own fellow country men. You are supporting oppressing them. It is mind boggling.

Are Syrians little children? Let them vote and let’s see if Bashar is elected for another two terms. What are you afraid of?

By the way, most Israelis don’t mind at all that Bashar is in power since he keeps Syria weak and backward and there is quiet in the Golan. They also think the Muslim Brotherhood maybe worse for Israel. I am categorically against this view. Democracy is the only way for people to reach their full potential and it is a right that every Syrian has even if some of their fellow countrymen (and women) want to find excuses not to give it to them.

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January 5th, 2008, 6:13 am

 

62. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

HP,

I certainly share your vision for the middle east.

But as long as there are many people like Nour who would deny freedom and rights to their own countrymen just to spite Israel or the US, the middle east is in big trouble.

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January 5th, 2008, 6:20 am

 

63. Alex said:

FIA

“If so, the door is open and the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Damascus knows how to start and who to contact. That would be terrific.”

Why are you sure the door is open? : )

I don’t think it is.

Ask ambassador Imad Moustapha how many open doors did he find in Washington the past few years.

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January 5th, 2008, 6:38 am

 

64. offended said:

AIG,
Here’s a good idea for you; since the malicious Arabs states and factions (namely Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas…etc..) are constantly using Israel as an excuse to keep themselves in power and deprive their own people from freedom; then why don’t you, Israelis, make this excuse void by :
1- Returning the occupied territories.
2- Granting refugees right of return.
3- Dismantling settlements.
4- Relinquishing your nuclear arms as a gesture of good well toward the Arab masses.

You see AIG, the Arab masses are not fools, you can really win them to your side in the fight toward justice in the Middle East, only if you can do the list of things above.

Now go and start doing some homework, will you?

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January 5th, 2008, 11:12 am

 

65. ausamaa said:

Alex,

I agree with the above, but I think the Hassan Nassrallah approach would produce faster and better results given the evasive mentality of Israeli leaders.

Who does the average Israeli respect more? Hussni Mubarak, Mahmoud Abbas or Hassan Nassrallah?

Wonder Why?!!!

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January 5th, 2008, 12:02 pm

 

66. Observer said:

HP
I do think that there will be peace between Arabs and Israelis, when Israel is a unitary bi-national state like Belgium or Switzerland. What you think in my opinion is that the European colonialist division of the Middle East is the right thing that happened whereas you know that the vast majority of the people of the Middle East do not believe in it and as a matter of fact believe it is a profound injustice. The air of superiority that comes across is unmistakble, just like the one some on this blog exude lecturing us about their democracy; when we know that in reality it is an apartheid state where democracy is exclusively reserved for some chosen ones.

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January 5th, 2008, 2:02 pm

 

67. K said:

Alex, the stunt was silly. I don’t speak for Landis but I doubt he would have given his permission, had you asked. If he did/would have, I’m disappointed in him too.

Norman is easy to fool.

Nour’s shrill tone sounds like it comes straight off the campus scene at Concordia or York University, where punk kids wear keffiyehs and fantasize of themselves as super-activists on the frontline, battling “Zios”. Dream on.

Then there’s people like Honest Patriot who restore one’s faith in humanity.

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January 5th, 2008, 2:14 pm

 

68. guess who said:

This infamous head of state will never be welcomed in our beloved Syria, however, we can tolerate your dark humour, Josh.

He ” the infamous” will never be welcomed, EVEN in our dreams.

And I mean it from the bottom of my heart!!!!

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January 5th, 2008, 2:51 pm

 

69. Akbar Palace said:

Nour said:

The bottom line is that you represent an ideology bent on the eradication of an entire people and the establishment and maintaining of a racist, exclusivist entity.

Honest Patriot said:

Folks like AIG, Akbar Palace, etc., have a genuine interest in the region, in Arab culture, politics, that go beyond just the cold self-serving agenda you attribute to them. Sure Israelis help each other. Sure Jews worldwide for the most part try to hang together and support each other. So do Armenians. By contrast (with many exceptions of course) Arabs in general end up with infighting, or at least have done so for the recent decades. Let’s work on making it just a phase that will be outgrown. If the Arabs united together and worked through peaceful means to enforce their rights, they would have succeeded a long time ago at creating prosperity for their people and at finding a peaceful coexistence formula with Israel.

Obsever states:

The air of superiority that comes across is unmistakble, just like the one some on this blog exude lecturing us about their democracy; when we know that in reality it is an apartheid state where democracy is exclusively reserved for some chosen ones.

AIG said:

But as long as there are many people like Nour who would deny freedom and rights to their own countrymen just to spite Israel or the US, the middle east is in big trouble.

AIG and HP,

Good points. All nations and all peoples have a right to live in peace. The Palestinians, the Israelis , the Saudis, the Syrians, the Lebanese, and all states in the region.

Nour and Observer,

Your enemy isn’t Israel, your enemies are the jihadists your leaders have nutured, promoted and funded over the decades.

And I agree with AIG, let each Arab nation and the citizens decide if they want peace or war with Israel. And peace treaties are not necessary either. If Palestine, Syria or Lebanon continues to shun peace treaties, that’s fine. But I wouldn’t expect Israel to allow missiles and suicide bombs to explode within her borders without a response. Nor would I expect the opposite.

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January 5th, 2008, 3:42 pm

 

70. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

Offended,
How many times can you miss the point? Syria is not doing Israel a favor by democratizing. It is only helping itself.

Why do I need to win the Arab masses to my side (Israel’s side)? Only when there are real democracies in the Arab world that will be important. And what has this got to do with democratization in Syria? If the Arab masses prefer to be backward and undemocratic just because they think this spites Israel then they are fools (I don’t believe this is the case).

Let Syria organize democratically and still decide to fight Israel. What is the problem with that? Why do you think that only dictators can stand up to Israel when the opposite is actually true? Dictators make their countries weak and unable to stand up to Israel. So if you don’t like Israel, you should be a bigger fan of democracy. But you aren’t, which is mind boggling. You actually buy into the Asad propoganda.

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January 5th, 2008, 4:33 pm

 

71. Akbar Palace said:

Although Alex’s thread was make-believe, the following message was real:

At its core, the battle unfolding in the Middle East is more than a clash of arms. It is an ideological struggle. On one side are the forces of terror and death. On the other are tens of millions of ordinary people who want a free and peaceful life for their children. The future of the Middle East depends on the outcome of this struggle, and so does the security of the United States. We know that societies growing in tolerance and hope are less likely to become sources of radicalism and violence. So America will stay engaged in the region. We will support democrats and reformers from Beirut and Baghdad to Damascus and Tehran. We will stand with all those working to build a future of liberty and justice and peace.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/01/20080105.html

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January 5th, 2008, 5:10 pm

 

72. offended said:

Akbar,

You are the one who had actually missed the point.

But if I understand something from yours and AIG’s blabbering about democracy, it is that democratizing a state makes it better able to stand up to its enemies ?

Bunch of baloney!

Hezbollah, was able to kick your butt (man how much I enjoy saying this!) even though it is not a democratic organization.

Israel, being it a ‘democratic’ state, doesn’t make its crimes look any better to the sane person. And it certainly doesn’t entitle her to steal lands and expel people.

Syria, being it an undemocratic state, doesn’t make her stance (at least morally) any less righteous in defending its rights.

And again, if you are really after the application of the unswerving justice, then why don’t you practice SOME of what you’re preaching. Why don’t you exert some pressure on your government to correct the situation by giving back the stolen lands and by allowing people to come back to their robed farms?

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January 5th, 2008, 5:12 pm

 

73. Alex said:

“We will support democrats and reformers from Beirut and Baghdad to Damascus and Tehran”

Akbar

I would start respecting those wonderful words when they are slightly modified:

“We will support democrats and reformers from Beirut and Baghdad to Damascus, Tehran, Cairo, Amman, and Riyadh”

Until then … it is politics. Nothing respectable at all.
The president is still full of praise to the Saudi King who recently pardoned the woman who was raped .. because she already got the punishment she deserves when she was raped by 7 men.

Just read the headline and think about it.

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January 5th, 2008, 5:29 pm

 

74. Akbar Palace said:

Responding to Offended:

But if I understand something from yours and AIG’s blabbering about democracy, it is that democratizing a state makes it better able to stand up to its enemies ?

Yes. Why not? Don’t you want the honorable Syrian people to stand up to Zionist Aggression?

Hezbollah, was able to kick your butt (man how much I enjoy saying this!) even though it is not a democratic organization.

If you and the majority of Lebanese and Syrians and Palestinians and Iranian want to continue to kick Israel’s butt, then what’s the problem? Vote on it, do it, and in the meantime name your kids anything you want, get on Facebook whenever you want, and create a viable economy.

Israel, being it a ‘democratic’ state, doesn’t make its crimes look any better to the sane person. And it certainly doesn’t entitle her to steal lands and expel people.

I like how you’re so madly in love with “kicking Israel’s butt” but you can’t seem to afford Israel the right to defend itself. I know life isn’t fair, but you can’t have your cake and eat it habibi. Maybe in Paradise you can kick Israel’s butt without a expecting a response, but we are not yet there.

Syria, being it an undemocratic state, doesn’t make her stance (at least morally) any less righteous in defending its rights.

We’re just offering you suggestions so that the end of the Zionist Entity can come sooner rather than later so that you, and the great Arab nation, can finally live in peace and prosperity! (joke, laugh)

And again, if you are really after the application of the unswerving justice, then why don’t you practice SOME of what you’re preaching. Why don’t you exert some pressure on your government to correct the situation by giving back the stolen lands and by allowing people to come back to their robed farms?

My government (USA) did “pressure” Israel to give back “stolen land”. Gaza and Southern Lebanon. Bush will be in Israel this week to do the same. But so far, this “unswering justice” actually increased violence on Israel. That’s what the GOI will probably remind our pro-Zionist, US president.

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January 5th, 2008, 6:22 pm

 

75. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

Offended,
As Akbar says, if you want to kick our butt, why don’t you do so being a democracy? You think the Hizballah model works and that they won great victories, no problem, create a democratic party and see how many people in Syria support you. It doesn’t seem that Bashar is willing to fight the Hizballah way so why are you supporting him??? You should be angry that Bashar has chosen to keep the border with Israel quiet and that in 2007 less Israelis died in the Arab-Israeli conflict than in decades (only 13 and by the way Hizballah has been so successful that the northern border of Israel has NEVER been more quiet). Who you support and what you do just does not make any sense.

No one denies there is democracy for Jews in Israel who are 80% of the population. So how about starting by having democracy for Syrians in Syria (let’s say 80% of them)? Why don’t you start with that small step?

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January 5th, 2008, 7:30 pm

 

76. Torstein said:

Alex,

Although I understand what you’re trying to say, by fabricating news as an example of how others do it, you only damage the reputation of this blog and your and Josh’s names. As it stands now, it looks more like a personal rant or crusade, only the readers have to read the post below all the way through even to understand what you’re ranting about. Take it down.

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January 5th, 2008, 11:41 pm

 

77. Alex said:

Alright, Torstein, I will modify it.

It clearly says that it is NOT true only 4 paragraphs later… in bold Red. So, for the 30 seconds that you need to reach that part, I don’t see how much of an issue it is.

But just for comparison, I would like you to note that the numerous other fabricated stories do not state at the end that they are fabricating stories … and they are used for political purposes … and there are there two years later… and no one found anything wrong in them! .. As-Siyassa is still producing them and all the blogs and even Michael Young are quoting them as facts.

Cheers.

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January 5th, 2008, 11:51 pm

 

78. Shual said:

Torstein,
“damage [to] the reputation”. After nobody mentioned the [allowed] speculation that Bush will visit Lebanon [which he will not do, cause the election has not happend yet] I must admit the the results of lateral thinking of the readers here are a damage to their reputation.

Mayday in Syria – If some problems can be solved between Lebanon and Syria and Israel and Syria we can expect a meeting of Bush and Assad after his speculated visit in Israel in May. Cause:

American and European officials have visited Assad, “and yet we haven’t seen action. In other words, he hasn’t responded,” Bush said. “So the position of this administration is that the best way to meet with a leader like Assad or people from Syria is in the larger context of trying to get the global community to help change his behavior.” [reuters, Apr07]

“There has been speculation that Bush will also visit Lebanon and Iraq while he is in the region, but the White House has not confirmed that.” [JPost] [And so there needs to be a clear message to the Syrians from all us that you will continue to be isolated, you will continue to be viewed as a nation that is thwarting the will of the Lebanese people. There needs to be a focused voice, and so our efforts diplomatically are to convince others that they must continue to pressure Syria so that the Lebanese process can go forward.” -AP, Ya Liban-]

“There was a feeling this visit had more to do with domestic politics than us. If she [Pelosi] isn’t going to be very different from Bush, then why did she come?” asked Jihad Yaziji in The Syria Report. [No, the war against Pelosi is a rear-guard assault by the White House against moderates and liberals in both political parties who understand that the failed Bush policies have jeopardized American interests and hurt the Mideast peace process. What Wolf and Pelosi have in common is their endorsement of the Iraq Study Group’s proposals, which emphasize regional diplomacy, including direct talks with both Syria and Iran. Indeed, it was Wolf who first approached James Baker about undertaking the Iraq report, and who sponsored the legislation that paid for the group’s work. slate.com]

[….]

disclaimer: I hope that this opinion does not insult any reputation of living persons on the whole world, even I have not the permission of the Higher Censor Comittee of the WWW to produce opinions and texts.

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January 6th, 2008, 3:13 am

 

79. norman said:

To All,

Please stop attacking Alex , It was a fun story that i hoped it was true ,

Good job Alex ,
you did not have to change anything , People especialy as smart as the people on this blog should not believe everything they read .

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January 6th, 2008, 4:11 am

 

80. Alex said:

Thanks Norman. Don’t worry, I’m not offended.

But I changed it mainly because now it made it to Washington : )

The Washington Post!

It will disappear by tomorrow morning (it is a rolling list of “Just in” news stories)

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January 6th, 2008, 4:16 am

 

81. Torstein said:

Look, I sympathise with your view and I’ve even had a feature article on print in a Norwegian newspaper about the fabrication of a case against Syria. But that does not change the fact that copying the dubious strategy of an adversary is a bad idea. The piece is a funny idea on its own, but it does not fit in on SC for the same reasons Sasa wouldn’t put it on his own blog.

It is like the post before it: it’s a good post and builds on good material, but it would have been a lot better if it had been written in a more professional tone along the lines of a media analysis. As it stands now, it is just too personal and sarcastic, and it’s painfully obvious that you are angry and hurt. That just does not make for good articles/posts.

That said, I miss the independent analysis that there used to be a lot more of here, so keep researching and writing your own pieces to keep SC from becoming only a news feed.

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January 6th, 2008, 4:19 pm

 

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