Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Hello... kettle? This is the pot. I'm in Syria, meeting with the Hezbollah.

The Associated Press reported today (courtesy the Los Angeles Times) that "the head of a U.S. Presbyterian Church delegation [specifically, one Rev. Nile Harper] called on Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian territories."

So where was Rev. Nile Harper when he said this? In Syria. Which occupies Lebanon - even the White House has acknowledged this and has asked Syria to get out.

What did Rev. Nile Harper do after his visit to Syria? He went to Lebanon and met with a commander of the terrorist organzation Hezbollah.

And now, some background (for those of you who need it).

In addition to Syria's support for terrorism, Syria continues its illegal occupation of Lebanon in contravention of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 425 and 520. Through its occupation of Lebanon, it undermines democracy and development there. It provides protection for criminal enterprises, such as the growth and production of drugs and of Western and Arab currency counterfeiting in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, whose profits serve to finance the activities of Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations. [Source]

Hezbollah and its affiliates have planned or been linked to a lengthy series of terrorist attacks against America, Israel, and other Western targets. These attacks include a series of kidnappings of Westerners, including several Americans, in the 1980s; the suicide truck bombings that killed more than 200 U.S. Marines at their barracks in Beirut in 1983; the 1985 hijacking of TWA flight 847; and two major 1990s attacks on Jewish targets in Argentina—the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy (killing 29) and the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center (killing 95). And because Lebanon has been under Syrian control since 1990, Hezbollah could not operate in Lebanon without Syria's approval. [Source]

Rev. Nile Harper, put down the phone and get yourself back to America. Oh, and be quiet.

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