“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into”

Jonathan Swift
"The Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." - Bill Maher
"The city is crowded my friends are away and I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

It's a cruel ... cruel summer"

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Condi visits Lebanon

Condi Rice is on her way to the Middle-East spreading the usual rhetoric about creating Democracy and spreading peace. Of course no mention will be made of the increasing numbers of dissents in that region. Orginizations like Hizbollah and Hamas have never been more powerful and dislike of U.S. policy seems almost universal.

Do you think Condi will accomplish anything? The author of the article I've posted, a noted journalist, who also happens to be a Muslim calls her trip to Lebanon a "fantasy ride." He also notes that the US and Bush policy must share part of the blame for the current situation in Lebanon. Is he right or is there hope this mess can be settled.

Here is a photo of some of the destruction wrought by the Israeli bombing of Southern Lebanon. Seems they are determined to destroy Hizbollah at any cost and the taking of the two soldiers gave them a good excuse. Question is will it further polarize the region or will it lead to better relations. God what a mess.