Tuesday, March 08, 2005


Well, we've had our Right-Wing Modus Operandi already these last few days. We were all supposed to bow down before Dear Leader for just how fucking-fantastic it was that several thousand people took to the streets of Beirut yesterday to tell the Syrians to go away.

Freedom is on the March and all that trite shit that must be true because the cliche is so, so pretty. Surely to criticize means that you are anti-Freedom and all, and further you must really hate Jewish people you filthy un-American, anti-semitic, freedom hatin' liberal.

Throughout the Bush Imperium, the pattern has been:

1. Something Happens.

2. Spin immediately and hard that it is the greatest thing EVER!

3. Say it is because of Dear Leader.

4. Move on to next over-the-top declaration of Dear Leader's greatness before anyone notices what happened is not the greatest thing ever, but actually made things worse.

5. Blather, Rinse, Repeat!

So what now do we say to this?

Nearly 500,000 pro-Syrian protesters waved flags and chanted anti-American slogans in a central Beirut square Tuesday, answering a nationwide call by the militant Shiite Muslim Hezbollah group for a demonstration to counter weeks of massive rallies demanding Syrian forces leave Lebanon.


Tuesday's rally was far bigger than the more than 70,000 anti-Syrian protesters who filled nearby Martyrs' Square on Monday. That was the biggest rally yet of anti-Syrian furor, as demonstrators waved Lebanon's cedar-tree flag and thundered, "Syria out!"

There were no independent estimates of Tuesday's crowd, but at least 500,000 people crowded Riad Solh Square and nearby streets. The Lebanese army blocked the road between the two squares with an armored carrier.

I think Holden at First Draft (that's TWO LINKS for you today!) has it right when he predicts that ERNEST T. BASS, ESQ and others will now officially proclaim things too complicated.

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