Across the Bay

Saturday, January 17, 2009

That Ol' Assad Anti-Semitism!

I've regularly highlighted the consistent legacy of rabid anti-Semitic statements by Bashar Assad, from his fabulous statements to the Pope in 2001 shortly after inheriting power, to countless priceless nuggets throughout the years, including his profound thoughts on Roger Garaudy, and not least, his stupendous speech in Doha yesterday.

Now Bashar has combined his sophisticated antisemitism with razor sharp political acumen. Pulling a regular Ahmadinejad, Bashar told the German Der Spiegel that the German government really has to get its act together:

"We can see the feelings of guilt evoked by your past. And we also see they influence Germany's Israel policies. They shouldn't anymore," the Syrian president said.

Just terrific. But you see, he and Ahmadinejad don't really have anything in common. Bashar, after all, is a "secular," "Western-educated" thug. Not just your average run-of-the-mill thug. As the genius "experts" on the Syrian-Iranian alliance tell us, he can't possibly have anything in common with Ahmadinejad in terms of world view. No, nothing at all.