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The Syrian War Drums Continue to Beat

Reported by Janie - February 7, 2006

Amidst the protests going on throughout the world in regards to the perceived anti-Muslim cartoon that was printed in Europe, Dayside and Fox have found a way to toe the Republican-party line and connect Syria to the protests that are occurring in other countries, in an effort to lend support to the Administration's wish to go to war.

The cartoons, which were originally published by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten back in September, satirized the Prophet Mohammed, which is strictly forbidden under Sharia law (which is the basis of the new Iraqi Constitution). The cartoon has been reprinted throughout the world in countries such as Italy, France, Germany, and most recently, New Zealand.

The publishing of these cartoons has sparked demonstrations and riots just about everywhere in the Muslim world. Violence has erupted in Afghanistan, the Danish Consulate in Lebanon was torched, along with the Danish and Norwegian Embassies in Syria, and the Danish Embassy in Iran. Protesters have turned out in Turkey, Indonesia, Thailand, New Zealand, Somalia, Egypt, Palestine, etc. This is not an isolated problem limited to one area, but one wide-spread throughout the world.

But for those watching Dayside yesterday (2/6), it might seem that Syria played a large role in organizing the
protests, or that the Syrian government orchestrated particular attacks.

According to one Fox News correspondent that appeared briefly on Dayside, "The Lebanese are also blaming the Syrians for stirring up that protest (The burning of the Danish Consulate in Lebanon). There were similar protests in Damascus over the weekend, which has also been quite curious, because Syria is pretty close to being a Police State, and you can't protest without the sanction of the Government, without the backing of the government. Protests are pretty quickly shut down, so it's unclear why the Syrians and the Syrian government, which is not a particularly religious government, why they allowed that to happen, or why they couldn't control it."

Syria might be on the verge of a police state, but the recent protests are not the only in Syrian history.

The Syrians originally began the protest of the Danish Embassy by staging sit-in.
In 2005, Syrians protested the U.N. probe of Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri's murder.
In 2003 there were mass demonstrations condemning the war in Iraq.

Since these protests are in no way isolated to one particular region, could Syria be responsible for the fire in Lebanon, or is this another attempt at building a case for war with Syria?

We report... YOU decide!

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