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Kucinich Blasts Iraq “Occupation,” Praises Syria

From his fans at the Associated Press:


US Democratic hopeful Kucinich meets Assad, blasts Bush

US Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich, on a Mideast visit that included a stop in Syria, said the country lambasted by the Bush administration deserves credit for taking in more than a million Iraqi refugees.

Kucinich, a strong anti-war opponent who trails far in the US presidential polls, also said he won’t visit Iraq on his trip to the region because he considers the US military deployment there illegal.

“I feel the United States is engaging in an illegal occupation … I don’t want to bless that occupation with my presence,” he said in an interview in Lebanon, after visiting Syria. “I will not do it.”

Kucinich, who accused the Bush administration of policies that have destabilized the Mideast, met with Syrian President Bashar Assad during his visit to Damascus. He said Assad was receptive to his ideas of “strength through peace.”

He also praised Syria for taking in Iraqi refugees.

“What most people are not aware of is that Syria has taken in more than 1.5 million Iraqi refugees,” Kucinich said. “The Syrian government has actually shown a lot of compassion in keeping its doors open, and being a host for so many refugees.”

Kucinich said he would ask UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to follow up on the “dire conditions” in southern Lebanon, especially Israeli cluster bombs leftover from the war that have killed more than 30 and injured at least 200 since the fighting’s end.

“There has to be a commitment to cleaning up these cluster bombs,” Kucinich said.

How is this not “giving aid and comfort to the enemy in time of war”?

Even Nancy Pelosi didn’t go quite that far. (At least as far as we know.)

Of course she was too busy presenting her “alternate foreign policy” and misrepresenting Israel to get around to that.

But isn’t it revealing that Mr. Kucinich has no problem with visiting one of the most ruthless dictators in the world, but he won’t go to Iraq — a country with a freely elected government?

What is this fascination that leftwing lunatics have with tyrants of every stripe?

Is it simply because that’s the kind of power they would like over the rest of us?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, September 7th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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