Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Babes and Conspiracies and Protests: How Can It Not Be The Middle East?

Of all of George Bush's accomplishments, introducing the world to attractive Arabic girls may be the greatest. Specifically, the women of Syria-occupied Lebanon.

Mystery Novelist and Blogger Roger L. Simon adds his own Giuliana Sgrena conspiracy theory:

Suppose it was the "insurgents" themselves, through a cut-out obviously, who alerted the Americans to Sgrena and her protectors, describing their car as something other than it was -- a suicide bomber, perhaps, or some other possible terrorist-related vehicle. Of course, their motivation would have been to make the Americans look bad, no matter what resulted. Sgrena and the others would just have been collateral damage. And that, indeed, is what has happened.

As often the case with conpiracy theories, they tend to fall apart when you look closely at the details, which Head Lizardoid Charles Johnson at LGF is doing quite nicely as he's absoluting decimating Ms. Sgrena in post after post:

Italian communist Giuliana Sgrena said her car was hit by 300 to 400 bullets from an armored vehicle. She said she was picking up handfuls of spent rounds from the seats. Many accounts described her car as “riddled with bullets.”
La Repubblica.it now has photos of what they claim is the real thing. (Thanks to the many readers who emailed.)
And it looks even less damaged than the incorrect photo we posted yesterday...

The Washington Times has a report on an internal Pentagon memo that says Italy failed to coordinate their rescue of Giuliana Sgrena with US troops, and backs up the initial account that the Italian vehicle was speeding and ignored signals...

Kurdish Photo Blogger Darbaz seems to be a little lonely and looking for feedback on his interesting photos. So, if you have a chance to drop by and leave a comment, please do so.

Liberal with a clue Michael J. Totten (Hat Tip: Instapundit) comes out swinging with a strong post on Syria and later unloads with:

If it really is the beginning of the end of the Assad regime (do keep in mind that it might not be) events on the ground one month from now will be just as astonishing and hard to predict. Ammar Abdulamid may have little hope at this moment, but history is swinging on its hinges again. In a few weeks he may find that he lives in a different and barely recognizable country.
The reason people in Syria aren't talking about freedom may be because they don't quite yet feel like they can. That is so often the story in these kinds of places. But a tipping point may be coming. It is too soon to tell, but soon Ammar and millions of others may find themselves - all of a sudden - saying in genuine astonishment to the people who live all around them: Gosh, it isn't just me? You feel the same way that I do?
I hate to say it, but this also is true: The implosion of the Baath regime could turn Syria into an emergency-room case. The US, the EU, the UN, and NATO damn well better start thinking about what they will do if that happens.

Of course there was a large counter-protest by the Syrian-and-Iranian-backed Hezbollah Terrorist Goons today. And it was quite impressive-looking from the aerial photographs, but when you can bus in hundreds of thousands of Syrian "guest" workers in Lebanon and other riff-raff from across the Mideast, you do have the tendency to inflate the numbers. Of interest, Syrian workers in Lebanon send back to Syria over One Billion dollars a year in needed funds, so there's quite an incentive to keep Lebanon under Syrian control.

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