Tuesday, February 15, 2005

This assassination in Lebanon is actually working out very nicely for the Bush administration, The New York Times notes. The Bushies blame the killing on Syria -- but:

In the view of American analysts, Syria has in turn done the bidding of Iran, using Syrian territory to support Hezbollah, a major presence in Lebanon, and other Islamic groups that have attacked Israel.

The United States has focused mounting attention on Iran in recent weeks, both because of its suspected nuclear arms program and because of its support of groups trying to disrupt a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A Western diplomat said the United States, in condemning Syria's possible role in the Beirut attack, may also be trying to rebuke Iran, signaling that American tolerance of such behavior was diminishing.

Yes, it's idee fixe time at the White House. All roads lead to Public Enemy #1.

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