From the Daily Star – Lebanon
"When a dilettante takes on Hizbullah
By Michael Young, Daily Star staff
Thursday, April 05, 2007
We can thank the US speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, for having Informed Syrian President Bashar Assad, from Beirut, that "the road to solving Lebanon's problems passes through Damascus." Now, of course, all we need to do is remind Pelosi that the spirit and letter of successive United Nations Security Council resolutions, as well as Saudi and Egyptian efforts in recent weeks, have been destined to ensure precisely the opposite: that Syria end its meddling in Lebanese affairs.
Pelosi embarked on a fool's errand to Damascus this week, and among the issues she said she would raise with Assad - when she wasn't on the Lady Hester Stanhope tour in the capital of imprisoned dissidents Aref Dalila, Michel Kilo, and Anwar Bunni - is "the role of Syria in supporting Hamas and Hizbullah." What the Speaker doesn't seem to have realized is that if Syria is made an obligatory passage in American efforts to address the Lebanese crisis, then Hizbullah will only gain. Once Assad is re-anointed gatekeeper in Lebanon, he will have no incentive to concede anything, least of all to dilettantes like Pelosi, on an organization that would be Syria's enforcer in Beirut if it could re-impose its hegemony over its smaller neighbor." [emphasis mine]
THIS WOMAN IS NOT ONLY AN EMBARRASSMENT, SHE IS ENDANGERING OTHER NATIONS AS WELL! WHY IS SHE NOT BEING PROSECUTED. WHY ARE REPUBLICANS NOT RAISING THE KIND OF RUCKUS THAT DEMOCRATS WOULD, WERE POSITIONS REVERSED? This behavior falls far short of ANYTHING for which Republicans have been excoriated in the past 20 years! And yet, she SKATES! Am I the ONLY person outraged?