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Sun Apr 01, 2007 6:09 am

I find that visit highly important and think she does the right thing!
If you have problems with a country and/or it's leaders,you have to speak with them rather than putting them into a dark corner and ban any contacts (like Mr. Chirac..)
One must not appreciate the current leaders in Damascus,but at least by sending the right signal one can achieve to de-escalate their relationship with Iran and bring them back to normal ties with the West.
Mrs. Angela Merkel who is currently visiting the region ,should have included Syria on her agenda as well-but seemingly she is still biased as to whom to speak to ;European M.E. doctrines seem to have been influenced by Jaques Chirac,who persistently denied any contacts with Syria ,over the countries role in the Killing of Mr. Hariri.
But never did he -Chirac- accept to comment on the ways Hariri amassed his fortune at the demise of the Lebanese people.That is obviously not a reason to kill him,but it put's a little perspective on the character of the man.
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Sun Apr 01, 2007 6:16 am

I agree. I think one of the most dangerous moves to make in international relations is to totally shut off connections with another country. And it's such a juvenile action, really. All it is is the silent treatment scaled up to the national level.
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RE: Nancy Pelosi Will Go To Damascus ..

Sun Apr 01, 2007 8:13 am

Will she sit on a tank with her legs spread wide open, smiling flirtatously for the Life Magazine photo-op?
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Sun Apr 01, 2007 9:22 am

Nancy Pelosi Will Go To Damascus .. and with any luck she'll stay there. Smile
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Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:54 am

Quoting FDXMECH (Reply 3):
with any luck she'll stay there.

 scared  Yeah, but then who would be elected in her place? She comes from the loony side of S.F. (as if there's a sane side). They'll probably force her to wear a veil over her eyes to ignore the constant blinking.

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Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:55 am

I think that there are several major issues that Pelosi must be very careful about in any discussions in her visit in Syria or it's leader. The biggest one is not to take Syria's side as to anything to do with Israel or anything counterdictory to the USA's absolute and total support of the government and right wing politicans of Israel. Then you have the sensitive issues of Syria's involvement in Lebanon and their government. There is the belief that the Syrian government supports terror against the USA, Israel, and elsewhere including letting terrorists to live or operate out of or via Syria. Syria may have become a major hiding place for ex-Bathists from Iraq which Syria borders.
 
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Sun Apr 01, 2007 12:21 pm

"Blinky" Pelosi will just sit with that vacant creepy look on her face discussing who knows what with a Syrian autocrat. Yeah should be real productive.  Yeah sure
 
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Sun Apr 01, 2007 2:28 pm

Quoting FDXMECH (Reply 3):
Nancy Pelosi Will Go To Damascus .. and with any luck she'll stay there

I was kinda hoping she'd take a one-way flight to Iran myself...and take Harry Reid along for company, please.
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RE: Nancy Pelosi Will Go To Damascus ..

Sun Apr 01, 2007 2:35 pm

So aside from the fact that several of you don't like Speaker Pelosi, does anyone have an actual opinion about her trip? So far all we've heard is a bunch of people bashing her and not talking about the issue the OP brought up.
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RE: Nancy Pelosi Will Go To Damascus ..

Sun Apr 01, 2007 2:55 pm

it seems amazing the many fervent supporters of Bush ( ..since they don't like Pelosi.) have forgotten in what type of situation W got the United States in Iraq. Tens of thousands of killed civilians for the sake of a badly reasoned doctrine,that by the elimination of Saddam Hussein all problems there will go away.
If there are two capitals in the near and Middle East that should receive visits of foreign secretaries ,it's Tehran and Damascus.The M.E. Problems are not resolved in Riyadh,Cairo ,Amman or Qatar but there .When there are problems with two regimes that don't comply with the west's political standards, you've got to talk with them .The idea to isolate Bashar al-Assad -like Jacques Chirac promotes - is the wrong method.
If Lebanon and the Palestinians should find some form of normality in their daily lives,an agreement over the return of the Golan heights ,a defined State of Palestine ,secured borders and recognition for Israel by all Arabs and the rights for Iran to have access to civil nuclear energy are mandatory.Anything less will ciment the continuation of the current stall.
One might not like Nancy Pelosi because she's too far "left" for many republicans-but her foreign politic cant be worse than W' s -because he hasn't any credible visions for the Middle East (neither for SouthAmerica..)
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Sun Apr 01, 2007 5:46 pm

Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 9):
it seems amazing the many fervent supporters of Bush ( ..since they don't like Pelosi.) have forgotten in what type of situation W got the United States in Iraq.

since when does it mean if you don't like Pelosi you're automatically a Bush supporter? there are thousand's of people that hate Bush and Pelosi at the same time (including me). Pelosi is a broad that has no chance of ever improving country with her insane liberal mentallity and hatred for the military.

Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 9):
When there are problems with two regimes that don't comply with the west's political standards, you've got to talk with them .

but what good is talk when these two regimes have proven they can not be trusted when it comes to agreements and are even willing to die for the cause they proclaim? time and time again the west has tried to talk to Iran and Syria, but each time we get pushed back (see Iran and their nuke arms program). when these two idiots won't listen, you have to put more force and show you're not screwing around.

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RE: Nancy Pelosi Will Go To Damascus ..

Sun Apr 01, 2007 5:51 pm

Quoting Yanksn4 (Reply 10):
when these two idiots won't listen, you have to put more force and show you're not screwing around.

Yes, because that strategy has worked so well for us elsewhere.  crazy 
 
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Sun Apr 01, 2007 6:13 pm

Quoting Yanksn4 (Reply 10):
but what good is talk when these two regimes have proven they can not be trusted when it comes to agreements and are even willing to die for the cause they proclaim? time and time again the west has tried to talk to Iran and Syria, but each time we get pushed back (see Iran and their nuke arms program). when these two idiots won't listen, you have to put more force and show you're not screwing around.

..like nuke them back to stone-age ????
You tried force in Iraq and created more mess than there was before - you tried force force in Somalia with the know result,you tried force in Vietnam with a lost war and politics prevail over force, you tried force in South America and created socialist governments allover the continent supporting Castro...
Maybe it's time to re-think strategies and actually listen ,sit down and talk with your "enemies" rather than writing war-scenarios.It might sound surealistic,but even Iranians and Syrians are capable to detect an honest approach to resolving a problem. C'ause Iran is not exclusively a massive block of blindfolded Ayatollah's but there are very pragmatic individuals at the brink of power (like the major of Tehran,Bagher Ghalibaf..).if some would dare to look somewhat behind the media-trash that spills over us,they would find there is a quite big group of modern,educated and pragmatic bunch of second-rank personalities ready to take over .It's only by direct contacts and eye to eye talks that you progress in these countries.

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Sun Apr 01, 2007 7:47 pm

Dear Damascus,

Please accept this token of our esteem for you. She is the pride of her land, and wants to spread California values across the entire World. Soon you will all be wearing Birkenstocks, give up most forms of bathing, chant "burn baby burn" (rather than Death to America", you will also all be using paper grocery bags, not be allowed to spank your children, and finally at least twice a week you will be mandated to go out into a field and sing "Hail the Sunshine" with a group of forty of your closest friends. Enjoy her, we don't need her back.

Sincerely,

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p.s.

Don't worry about the glassy eyed stoned look that she always has, it's just her being so in love with herself that she is unable to concentrate on anything else.
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Sun Apr 01, 2007 8:27 pm

I have seen one side of the argument, that force does not work, how about those who support talking to enemies giving us examples of when that has actually worked?
Force started WWI and WWII after talked failed and countries were lost
Vietnam did not start when US troops started fighting, talk took place before
Iraq, talked to Kuwait, did not work, they used force
West talked to Iraq to leave Kuwait, did not work, force was used.
Iraq 2, did war start first or after talk?
North Korea, talk and agreement on nuclear weapons - first time, now into round two
Former Yugoslavia, talked for years while people were "cleansed", then force was used

Problem in my opinion, is commitment by those involved. Libya, as far as I know is the only real
successful stoy so far, where talk seems to have worked. I say that because the gap between military action
and talk was so great, unless, their talk of a nuclear program was just a bluff.

The other reality is that there is a thinking in this world that force cannot resolve any conflict, and they
are literal in that thinking, they have no concept of the term strength and commitment. The "civilized"
society that we know today was built by force, the colonial era and WWII both in our generation. Those
who are benefactors of the use of force are not in any way saying that we should give back what
force gave us.

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RE: Nancy Pelosi Will Go To Damascus ..

Sun Apr 01, 2007 8:53 pm

Quoting Par13del (Reply 14):
Former Yugoslavia, talked for years while people were "cleansed", then force was used

The international action in the former Yugoslav republics was not a brilliant example of ethnic cleansing prevention-
EU troops (notably the Dutch ) did not move when there were distinct signs of mass-killings.

I am not against force Per Se where it REALLY helps- like stopping ethnic cleansing -
Areas where force should have been applied, but never was ,were the Central-African genocides in Rwanda-Burundi,where an estimated 1.000.000 were killed and useless talking took place in New York ,Brussels and Paris .
There should have been massive military interventions but nobody really cares when it comes to third-rate Africans..
Military action can become useful when nothing else helps -agreed on that.
But in the particular case of Iraq,things are getting worse since the American invasion.Even oponents of Saddam admit,that conditions are much worse now than before.So where is the benefit ???
Again-I am not anti-militay ,neither anti- force.. but I am against imposed and forceful "democracy export" like in the case of Irak,because the bottom line is that the population does not get democracy but even more misery!
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Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:01 am

What an absurd thread. Nobody has made a single decent comment about her trip, rather just making childish attacks against her. If you want to act like a child, don't be surprised when people treat you like one...

Quoting Jetjack74 (Reply 2):
Will she sit on a tank with her legs spread wide open, smiling flirtatously for the Life Magazine photo-op?

Right, its ok to make sexist comments about a female politician, somebody who serves her country and her people. And yet if somebody said something like that about a male politician, or even (gasp) Lord Bush, what would your reaction be?
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Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:29 am

Quoting Tbar220 (Reply 16):
Right, its ok to make sexist comments about a female politician,

I guess you missed the whole Hanoi Jane thing JetJack was putting across TBar . . . which is why I left that post in place. It's a comparison between Hanoi Jane the Traitor and Speaker Pelosi. . . .

. . . . . . . . .

As for her trip, fine - let her go. But she needs to remember she is NOT the elected President of this Country and she does NOT speak for this country. She better mind her place. I'm afraid she fails to realize this and it gets worse (between she and Sen. Reid) every day.

Maybe she'll find the WMDs Saddam hid in Syria way back when . . . .

Maybe there'll be some good to come of this trip. What good I can't exactly fathom at the moment. Syria is dangerous. As dangerous as Saudi Arabia. More so in some respects.
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Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:39 am

She could go to Uranus for all I care, I still think she's worthless as a politician...
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Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:50 am

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 18):
I still think she's worthless as a politician...

You mean there are politicians that aren't??  confused 
 
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Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:52 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 17):
I guess you missed the whole Hanoi Jane thing JetJack was putting across TBar . . . which is why I left that post in place. It's a comparison between Hanoi Jane the Traitor and Speaker Pelosi. . . .

I did miss the comparison. However, is it still acceptable to be calling Pelosi a "traitor"? Maybe not directly but through comparison at least...
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Mon Apr 02, 2007 8:06 am

Quoting Tbar220 (Reply 20):
I did miss the comparison. However, is it still acceptable to be calling Pelosi a "traitor"? Maybe not directly but through comparison at least...

We can't call her a traitor yet, but you never know what she'll do when she goes to Syria.
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Mon Apr 02, 2007 8:32 am

To adress the trip, the issue at hand right now is that the US Govt. and the Syrian Govt. are at odds with each other, if the Speaker of The House - a political body within the US electorate - is making a trip to Syria in her official capacity it would only help if she were going as a representative of the President. No need for the Syrians to practice the "divide and conquer" rule, the US is doing it themselves. The democrats may be the opposition, but the Speaker is now more than just an opponent of the President, this is no private citizen like Jane Fonda, the implications and impact among others are not the same, at times you have to look beyond what you might think of something, but how others think about it, as in the long run, its their actions which are the main of concern.
 
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Mon Apr 02, 2007 3:02 pm

The most recent trip of Angela Merkel to the region has brought some fresh air into a stalled situation.
Israel seems to be welcomming a peace-conference with "moderate" arab states including Saudi Arabia,who might agree -that's better than the usual outcome of state visits by Condaleeza..
So any initiative bringing Syria into that round would be highly constructive-and if Pelosi can help to stress to Bashir the perspective of normal bi-latteral relations between Damascus and the rest of the world,it will take away pressure from Lebanon and increase pressure on Iran.It is precisely Pelosi's position as political oponent to Bush that makes her the more attractive to Damascus.
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Mon Apr 02, 2007 3:19 pm

I have mixed feelings about Speaker Pelosi talking with Syrian officials. No, I am not a big fan of the current SotH and I think any talks of this nature, regardless of your political affiliation, should be with done with the support of the President. However, given the hatred Syria has for our current CiC, perhaps someone with Ms. Pelosi's status, and one who quite publicly doesn't see eye-to-eye with President Bush and his foreign policies, might be just the person to make some headway with Syria.
 
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Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:25 am

Quoting J_Hallgren (Reply 7):
I was kinda hoping she'd take a one-way flight to Iran myself...and take Harry Reid along for company, please.

Address the subject. If you can't stay out.

Quoting Tbar220 (Reply 16):
What an absurd thread. Nobody has made a single decent comment about her trip

That's because the hard-core righties have no ammo on this one, as I'll show you in a minute.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 17):
I guess you missed the whole Hanoi Jane thing JetJack was putting across TBar . . . which is why I left that post in place. It's a comparison between Hanoi Jane the Traitor and Speaker Pelosi. . . .

How is she a traitor, ANC? As I'll show you, Madam Speaker is no more a traitor than some Republicans. And you left the post in plsce, because of your feelings about Jane Fonda? I expect a higher standard from you, my friend.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 17):
Maybe she'll find the WMDs Saddam hid in Syria way back when . . . .

There are none. Give up the ghost of WMD's that never existed, Pep.

Quoting Tbar220 (Reply 20):
I did miss the comparison. However, is it still acceptable to be calling Pelosi a "traitor"?

It only is acceptable if you call GOP Representatives Frank Wolf, Joe Pitts and Robert Aderholt traitors also. Because those gentlemen met with Assad THIS PAST SUNDAY.

http://news.aol.com/topnews/articles...33409990001?ncid=NWS00010000000001

So, it's a bad idea for Pelosi to go, but the Administration was hoping no one would notice three Republicans in Damascus BEFORE The Speaker went?

Again, sounds like the good old Republican double-standard again. It's ok for them to go, but if a Democrat goes, it's just a bad idea.

Hypocrites. The Administration, and those of you bashing the Speaker for doing the same thing that Three Republicans just did.

As for her trip, the WH should offer to brief her and debrief her on the trip. Jaw, jaw jaw, is better than war, war, war-something the Adminsitration hasn't learned yet apparently. If she can help convince Syria that their support for Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran will only lead to Syria's demise, and that it would be better to make peace with Israel before it's too late, then I'm all for her trip. As she has said, there are no illusions here, but why not make the effort.

After all, three Republicans just met with Assad.

Hypocrites.
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Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:35 am

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 25):
How is she a traitor, ANC?

I didn't call her a traitor.

All I did was clear up TBar's oversight . . . .

First . . .

Quoting Tbar220 (Reply 16):
Quoting Jetjack74 (Reply 2):
Will she sit on a tank with her legs spread wide open, smiling flirtatously for the Life Magazine photo-op?

Right, its ok to make sexist comments about a female politician, somebody who serves her country and her people. And yet if somebody said something like that about a male politician, or even (gasp) Lord Bush, what would your reaction be?

Then . . .

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 17):
Quoting Tbar220 (Reply 16):
Right, its ok to make sexist comments about a female politician,

I guess you missed the whole Hanoi Jane thing JetJack was putting across TBar . . . which is why I left that post in place. It's a comparison between Hanoi Jane the Traitor and Speaker Pelosi. . . .

I never made any remarks regarding Congresswoman Pelosi's patriotism.

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 25):
Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 17):
Maybe she'll find the WMDs Saddam hid in Syria way back when . . . .

There are none. Give up the ghost of WMD's that never existed, Pep.

They'll show up eventually . . . .

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 25):

Yes, they did. And the same goes for them that goes for Pelosi. Watch what you say and how you say it. None of them - none - are the elected leader of this country. Anything other than Gladhanding, any promises made, anything of that nature, is way outta their ballpark.

Like it or not, that belongs with the State Department and Secretary Rice (much as I hate that thought). Any "negotiations" or "promises" on behalf of this country belong to her and the President, not a Senator, not a Congressperson, Republican or Democrat.

Now knowing Pelosi's penchant for running her mouth, I'd suspect just about anything to be said. It would be interesting to see a transcript of her conversation. That won't happen though.

That, Falcon, is my only concern with her making this trip.
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Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:43 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 26):
None of them - none - are the elected leader of this country.

Granted, they're not. But someone oughta do the talking when there's nothing but silence emanating from the White House. This elected leader doesn't travel, doesn't initiate dialogue, and doesn't engage those who damn well need to be at his ear. Is Pelosi that person? No. But the very fact that she's going and that others have gone is solemn testament to the deriliction of diplomatic duty that has been blinking like a huge aircraft warning light over 1600 Pennsylvania since November of 2001.
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Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:48 am

Bashir al Assad is still surrounded by a relatively old league of advisers that still think in cold-war theories.
He himself is -although not really a progressive -at least a realist.There have been secret talks on several levels between Syria and Israel about solving outstanding issues (Golan,support of Hezbollah,Iran etc..) and the increasing amount of western visitors in Damascus these last months is an indication the ice is breaking.
There are still massive hurdles to be overcome,but at least Assad prefers to talk .
This process has been unfortunately delayed due to the role of Syria in the latest Lebanese incidents.
Syria will have to come to grips with their role there and admit what has to be confessed.
The best tool to put pressure on Iran is to bring back Syria into the community of peace-supporting nations.
I know from private talks with Syrians that they are not happy with their countries political positioning and would love to see a speedy liberalisation of economy,trade,travel and diplomatic relations .Most of them would not have a problem to have diplomatic ties with Israel.
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Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:02 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 26):
They'll show up eventually . . . .

Where? In Nome?  Big grin

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 26):
Like it or not, that belongs with the State Department and Secretary Rice (much as I hate that thought).

Personally, to be quite honest, I've been more than mildly surprised iwth Condi as SecState. I don't think she's done a half bad job, especially with VPOTUS always opening his idioitic yap and undermining what she's ateempting to accomplish. Under the circumstances, I think dhe's done a pretty good job.
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Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:48 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 26):
They'll show up eventually . . . .

When will you realize that after four years of war and no WMD's, that they don't exist? When will you realize that over a decade of sanctions severely restricted Sadaam's weapons program?

And most amazingly, when will you finally make the conclustion - the logical one - that if over 100,000 of our troops haven't found them in over four years, that they don't exist.

Or accept that the WMD claims were either fabricated or grossly wrong....

etc. etc. etc.

But hey, if you say it enough and/or the president says it enough - that WMD's from Sadaam exist - than it must be true. *sigh*
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Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:14 am

Quoting Tbar220 (Reply 30):
And most amazingly, when will you finally make the conclustion - the logical one - that if over 100,000 of our troops haven't found them in over four years, that they don't exist.

We haven't check Syria to thoroughly yet . . . .
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Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:27 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 31):
We haven't check Syria to thoroughly yet . . . .

1. They aren't there.

2. You proposing ANOTHER war?

Pep, you're smarter than that. You're not a zelaot of the right. Get with the program. They ARE NOT there. Never were.
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Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:24 pm

I think she does the right thing. She shows the Syrians that there are other Americans than Bush and his gang, and she is actually willing to talk to the other side. Bush or Sharon never could do that, they only said "we are the good guys, they are the bad guys, so we won't negotiate". They couldn't be successful with that attitude.

And Pelosi actually brought an offer to talk from Olmert to Assad, that might bring peace between Israel and Syria. Why couldn't Bush?
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Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:33 pm

Israeli politicians are most likely more open to speak to the Syrians than the French, Americans or British.A lot of time has been wasted with the denial to even consider to speak to Assad.The mots fervent "nayer" is Chirac.
Thre is no better solution to come to grips with the Lebanese/Syrian/Irak issues than openminded,unbiased talks.
Pelosi might not be the most admired female politician on this forum or even in the US,but you must give the lady some credit for trying.
Not to forget the three US republicans ,who visited Syria two days ago, and helped to break the isolation of the country...
One should not compare Syria and fundamentalist Islam -terror. There never was,since the country is pretty secular in it's political leadership.
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Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:58 pm

Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 34):
Pelosi might not be the most admired female politician on this forum or even in the US,but you must give the lady some credit for trying.

Yes, she is actually trying to build bridges, instead of tearing them down, like Bush does. He claimed she was undermining his foreign policy. I can only encourage her to do so, given how successful his foreign policy was.

Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 34):
Not to forget the three US republicans ,who visited Syria two days ago, and helped to break the isolation of the country...
One should not compare Syria and fundamentalist Islam -terror. There never was,since the country is pretty secular in it's political leadership.

The US has the best relationships with some regimes that are worse than the Syrian. (Like Saudi-Arabia, Equatorial Guinea and others.)
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RE: Nancy Pelosi Will Go To Damascus ..

Wed Apr 04, 2007 10:15 pm

From the reports of the trip I've read so far, it looks like Speaker Pelosi's trip has been worthwhile. She's delivered a message from Israel to Syria that they're ready to begin peace negotiations again if Syria stops supporting Palestinian militants, a small but important step. She also apparently understands that hospitality goes both ways--her visit to the mosque being one example of this.

I don't quite understand how Pres. Bush can characterize her trip as counterproductive when she's apparently putting a good face on display in her representation of the United States, something we've needed in the region for quite some time. Perhaps she should visit Iran next!
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RE: Nancy Pelosi Will Go To Damascus ..

Wed Apr 04, 2007 10:37 pm

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 36):
Perhaps she should visit Iran next!

Funny, I had the same thought. Might be worth a try, she can go and maybe things get a little more peaceful over there.
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