President Bush Demands Non-Negotiable Full Syrian Withdrawal from Lebanon
The Word Unheard out of New York City today is that President Bush has given Syria an ultimatum, demanding a complete withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon, not limited to military troops but also including all intelligence personel (Read: state terror masters and operational organizers).
"When we say withdraw we mean complete withdrawal — no half-hearted measures," Bush said at an event in New Jersey promoting his Social Security plan.
His comments followed reports that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was expected to announce on Saturday a partial pullout of troops from Lebanon, with some leaving completely and the rest redeploying close to the border...
..."Syrian troops, Syrian intelligence services must get out of Lebanon now," Bush said..."We want democracy in Lebanon to succeed. And we know it cannot succeed so long as she is occupied by a foreign power," Bush added.
In an interview in the New York Post, Bush said Syria should pull all of its troops out of Lebanon by May to clear the way for fair elections.
"This is non-negotiable. It is time to get out...I think we've got a good chance to achieve that objective and to make sure that the May elections (in Lebanon) are fair. I don't think you can have fair elections with Syrian troops there," the president told the Post.
These are strong words and both the people (witness Lebanon) and the governments (witness competitive elections coming now in Egypt) of the Middle East know that this President says what he means and means what he says.
It appears that the rose petals that never lined the streets of Baghdad await us in Beruit and elsewhere, as the dictatorial regimes fear us and the people openly applaud us. They took note that President Bush did not abandon the Iraqi people when under relentless fire of criticism.
With the unusual public support from both France and Russia on the issue of complete Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon, it looks as though President Bush is spending a little of his new-found international political capital.
Spend away, Mr. President. The Lebanese people deserve our support and defense.
>>>Noteworthy is the absence of the UN in the entire popular democratization
movement in the Middle East.
Maybe that's a big reason why there is actually progress being
Hmmmm... Last The Word Unheard checked, they were still
pointing fingers at each other in an attempt to escape blame and prosecution
under weight of the Oil for Food organized robbery of the newly freed Iraqi