Syrians bolstered by 'good American' Pelosi
By Betsy Pisik
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
May 2, 2007
... Mrs. Pelosi's two-day visit to Damascus was a major news event here. Camera crews trailed her as she bought sweets in the ancient Hamadieh souk, made the sign of the cross at what is thought to be the tomb of John the Baptist and donned a black abaya to visit the historic Omayyad Mosque.
Mrs. Pelosi, 67, is praised as "a friend of Syria," and that makes her more influential than Oprah Winfrey and more appealing than the old Hollywood movies shown on satellite television.
Many Damascus residents say her private visit with Mr. Assad and senior ministers shattered Washington's attempt to isolate the regime.
"She was enormously popular here, a hero," said one such resident, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "This is the best thing that has happened here, if it proves [Mr. Assad] was right not to give concessions."
And just what were those concessions which Madame Pelosi helped to undue?
- The United States has long sought to get Syria to stop being a state sponsor of terrorism. Syria has been on the State Department's State Sponsors of Terrorism list since 1979.
- The United States, working with the United Nations has demanded Syria cooperate with the international investigation into the death of Lebanese Lebanese leader Rafik Hariri.
- Syria helped arm Hezbollah in it's war against innocent civilians in Israel last summer and insists it will continue to support both Hezbollah and Hamas.
- 90% of suicide bombers entering Iraq do so from Syria according to the U.S. State Department.
Basically, Pelosi acted as the enabler for Syria to continue killing Americans in Iraq and innocent civilians in Israel.