Here’s a new idea to bring about peace — appeasement! Yeah, that’ll do the trick! Why didn’t anyone think of that before?
By Iman Azzi for the Daily Star, with thanks to DFS:
BEIRUT: On the eve of a meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, US Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday she believed greater communication between the United States and Syria could help establish stability in the region and called the bilateral talks a matter of ” US national security.”
“The road to solving Lebanon’s problems passes through Damascus,” Pelosi told reporters after meeting with Lebanese parliamentary leader Saad Hariri at Qoreitem.
“Our trip to Syria is one that is important to us, it is also important to the Iraq Study Group which encourages such diplomacy and engagement,” she said, referring to a bipartisan US panel that last year recommended engaging US foes Syria and Iran in order to calm war-torn Iraq.
“The purpose of this trip is a part of our responsibility for the national security of the United States,” Pelosi said.
The Bush administration accuses Syria of supporting “terrorism” and harboring insurgents but a growing number of US politicians are beginning to favor dialogue.