Those Whacky Syrians
In announcing Syria's steadfast support of Hezbollah in the face of an Israeli 72-hour ultimatum given to Damascus, the Syrian government said Israel and the United States "are trying to wipe out Arab resistance in every land under occupation." That statement is nothing if not proof positive that Baghdad Bob has found a new home in Damascus.
Lebanon, of course, is occupied by Hezbollah and was occupied by Syria until the people of Lebanon booted the Baathists in disgust. Israel has occupied it twice before in an effort to put Hezbollah out of the terrorism business, but it is the very fact that it was no longer occupying Southern Lebanon that made this front in the current war necessary.
Meanwhile, Dafur is occupied by Islamists from the north who rape, kill and burn. In Russia, Islamofascists occupied a school in Beslan (left) and a theater in Moscow with disasterous results for hundreds of innocents and the grieving relatives left behind.
Until he was deposed, Baathist Hussein and his henchmen occupied Kurdistan and the Shiite south of Iran, imposing its bruttal, murderous will on those repressed and helpless people. And the thugs of the Taliban occupied the government of Afghanistan, and bruttalized anyone who didn't follow their strict interpretation if Islam. Oh, and they also defaced the priceless Buddhas of Bamiyan.
What Islamic countries are currently "occupied" by Israel or the U.S.? Gaza. The list stops there.
Both Iraq and Afghanistan have democratically elected governments that have asked us to stay and help them eliminate Islamists who want to destroy them. That is not an occupation.
Conversely, let's look at Israeli and U.S. occupations. Israel's are more problematic because of the hatred of Jews that permeates the region, but Lebanon's troubled efforts to embrace democracy could not have happened without Israel's occupation, then departure, from Southern Lebanon.
Gaza is clearly an occupation in defense of a sovereign nation, and Israel has offered enough olive branches to beach a fleet of arks, only to be deceived again and again by the corrupt Palestinian leadership. If Arafat had played straight and not embezeled billions, Palestine could be a healthy nation today.
And the U.S. occupations? Look at Germany and Italy. Look at Japan. A nation should pray to God, pray to Allah, to be occupied by the U.S. It's much, much better than living under the likes of Bashar al-Assad and Mahmoud Ahmadinijad.
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