Wednesday, February 16, 2005


It's All About The "O"

On today's front page the SAEN has a story ("Syria feels the heat after blast in Beirut") about the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. What I find most interesting about the story is that while it does explain the presence of Syrian troops in Lebanon not once does it use the word "occupation." Stories in the SAEN about Iraq always use that word to describe the presence of US troops in that country, but yet Syria gets a pass. And regular readers of this blog know that I have criticized a certain SAEN op/ed columnist for ignoring the occupation of Lebanon. What exactly does it take for the SAEN to call something an occupation with all it's negative connotations? Syria has 14,000 troops in that country and the Lebanese government is made up of Syrian yes-men, and yet they still won't call it an occupation.
Syria has about 15,000 troops in Lebanon. Iran has several thousand more proxies in the form of Hezbollah. Otherwise your point is correct. Though the news pages missed, the editorial page got it right: Bombing Tied to Occupation, which begins, "The Middle East's least-reported occupation claimed a bloody toll Monday."
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