Bush's condescending message to Iraq.

Watching the war.
April 10 2003 6:57 PM

The Soft Bigotry of Loose Adulation

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8:45 a.m.: First Syria's president pledged to "stand beside Baghdad" against the current U.S.-led invasion. Then U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he had "information that shipments of military supplies have been crossing the border from Syria into Iraq, including night-vision goggles."

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Now come two more reports of Syrian military aid to Iraq. Last Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reported that according to a deserting Iraqi soldier, "100 Lebanese and Syrians were gathering in As Samawah [in Iraq] and planning suicide operations against Americans." An American officer couldn't confirm the claim but told the Tribune, "We did hear a lot of these guys mention Syrian soldiers."

This morning, the New York Times adds that at one of the Iraqi presidential palaces captured by U.S. forces in Baghdad during the past 24 hours, "half a dozen Syrian soldiers were found, one of them hiding in a refrigerator, military officials said."

As Slate noted last year, Syria is undemocratic, supports terrorism, has weapons of mass destruction, violates human rights, has invaded its neighbors, and has violated a biological weapons treaty. Now evidence of its complicity in Iraq's defense is growing. I don't want a war with Syria. But Syria sure is acting as though it wants a war with us.

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