Across the Bay

Friday, April 06, 2007

This Week’s Geniuszzz Award: Tom Lantos

Guest post by Lee Smith

What's wrong with the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee? Apparently, you don’t have to be Nancy Pelosi to be dopey in Damascus, but we’d expect a little more from Lantos. Most American visitors to the Syrian capital will sell their soul and moral scruples for a cup of tea and a friendly smile: “The rugs, the waterpipes and muttabal, the mukhabarat lurking everywhere in their black leather jackets – it’s all so quaint!”

Not Lantos. In the past the only Holocaust survivor serving in congress has used his time with Bashar al-Asad to send strong messages to a regime that is killing Americans in Iraq, US allies in Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories while also torturing Syrian dissidents. But yesterday, according to the New York Times, he asked Bashar “how someone ‘of his intelligence and knowledge of the world could have common cause with President Ahmadinejad of Iran, who has denied the Holocaust and calls for the elimination of Israel.’”

Come on, congressman! Don’t you remember when Pope John Paul visited Damascus? The young, reform-minded Syrian president tried to enlist the Vicar of Christ on earth in a campaign against the Jews. Why? "They tried to kill the principles of all religions with the same mentality in which they betrayed Jesus Christ and the same way they tried to betray and kill the Prophet Mohammed." Another golden Bashar moment!

So, Mr. Lantos, please use the bottled water and stop drinking straight from the stupid tap at the Cham Palace. You know who you’re dealing with, and if you’re trying to suck up to Pelosi, she’s too busy trying to give Bush the finger to notice.