Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Spinning Syria


The amount of hypocrisy coming out the Bush administration regarding Syria is truly mind boggling. How a country can be condemned on one hand for supporting "terrorism" and on the other hand be a convenient resource for the provision of torturing services on demand is amazing. It helps if you have a compliant media that overlooks these and other apparent contradictions and creates a citizenry that's still more interested in what might have happened to Anna-Nicole Smith and Brittany's current state of consciousness. Jacob Hornberger puts well,

"But how does something like this happen? Doesn't it almost defy credulity? Why, here you have a regime that the president repeatedly condemns as a state sponsor of terrorism and with whom the U.S. government simply is not going to communicate. Meanwhile, CIA officials, somehow or other, cut a deal with Syrian officials to torture a citizen of Canada on behalf of the U.S. government."

The case of Maher Arar is particularly egregious. In case you hadn't heard he is a Canadian citizen kidnapped in the U.S. and sent to Syria for torture, eventually released,and returned to Canada where the government at least had the decency to apologize and also investigate the RCMP"s role in this sordid affair.Fat chance anything similar will ever occur in the U.S.


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