Former CNN producer Danny Schechter typifies the contrarian-at-all-costs portion of some of the left, willing to stickup for dictators at any cost.
There are continuing illegal demonstrations underway in Beirut demanding that Syria leave Lebanon, a response to the recent assassination by downtown car bomb of a popular leader… Threatened by Israel, pressured by Lebanon, and chastised by America, Syria sought to buy some good will from its more powerful detractors. It denied Israel’s claims of masterminding a terror plot; it pulled some troops back into the Beka valley and then “dropped a dime” to use a phrase that cops use when they get informants to rat out a HVT (High Value Target).
Presto, as the BBC reports, “Syria helped to capture a half-brother of Saddam Hussein accused of aiding the Iraq insurgency, reports say.” This report of course will not win Damascus any friends among those battling the US occupation of Iraq.The funny thing is, can you imagine someone arguing for East Germany in 1989? That’s what Schechter and his ilk are doing…
Also, why exactly would Syria need friend among the terrorists in Iraq?
Update: HunderedPercenter has a gallery of pictures of the protests in Lebanon.