Wrong Side of History, Wrong Side of the Deal

Hezbollah Declares Full Support for Syria,” New York Times, 6 March 2005, http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/06/international/middleeast/06cnd-syria.html.

US, France repeat calls for Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon,” GEO World News, 7 March 2005, http://www.geo.tv/main_files/world.aspx?id=68031.

As another cynical terrorist-appeasing realpolitician sees the handwriting on the wall

President Pervez Musharraf has also asked Syria to implement United Nations resolutions.

Lebanese opposition celebrating Syrian pullout from the country, after a protest campaign from the mid of last month. The protests and international pressure forced the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s to announce pullout of troops in two phases.

Assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri last month provoked an upsurge in anti-Syrian sentiment inside Lebanon and calls for an immediate and complete Syrian withdrawal.

Pakistan’s President Musharraf in a brief stopover in Beirut on his way to the Central Asian states visited Hariri’s residence and condoled with the family. Talking with the newsmen later Musharraf urged for proper investigations of the assassination and called Syria to respect aspirations of the people of Lebanon.

The Shia “Army of God” opts to support schismatic swaydo Christians who celebrate Christmas and Epiphany

The Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah declared its full support for Syria today, presenting a direct challenge to opposition groups after Syria promised to gradually withdraw troops from Lebanon.

Hezbollah’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, spoke to reporters today in his stronghold in southern Beirut, breaking weeks of relative silence over the crisis concerning Syria’s presence in Lebanon. He called for Lebanese to “express their gratitude” to Syria by joining a demonstration on Tuesday against United Nations Resolution 1559, which calls for Syria’s withdrawal and Hezbollah’s disarmament.

It would have been better if Hezbollah was bought off, but this is still useful. It further cements the Iran-Syria rift. Iran is supporting a government in Iraq that Syria is attacking. Now, Syria is supporting an opposition group standing in the way of democratic Shia dominance of Lebanon. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia would not have stuck their necks out on Lebanon if it was not already a fait accompli.

Iran’s actions have been consistent with the thesis that they are trading Syria for membership in the nuclear club. Hezbollah had to choose which side of that deal they want to be part of. They chose poorly.

If Hezbollah wishes to remain loyal to the ancien regime, fine. They’ll meet the same fate.

Michelle Malkin, Pining for a Pundit

The most important news in the world today, of course, is Michelle Malkin‘s new photo. Compare the newest version:


with the old

An improvement, neh?

But an improvement over the original version?


A question best left to the ages.

Of course, “Thoughtful Malkin


and “Earnest Malkin


aren’t bad either.

The point of this post — of the fact that the conservative movement has beautiful female pundits? Merely that reasonable suspicion of governmental power isn’t the exclusive domain of the old, the rich, and the white — and the duped. It’s a tired liberal canard, true. But one that should still be exposed.

Update: Among many Republicans, FDR is despised for prolonging the depression and incarcerating many Japanese. Michelle is one of the few right-wingers who will defend FDR on the latter point. Wes Roth and Right Wing News point to this interview where she further defends ol’ Delano.

Update 2: Michelle blogs on her new photo and “polite and not so polite feedback.” What does this count as? Also, I’m in love with Michelle Malkin.

Update 3: Stolen Thunder notes that Michelle’s new photo is much more youthful than the old. And also suggests a modeling career. I agree!