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Fox Gives One Side - Rice Says Violence In The Mideast The Fault Of Syria And Iran

Reported by Donna - February 8, 2006

With angry protests in Afghanistan, the West Bank and Turkey, Studio B with Shepard Smith featured Condileeza Rice putting the blame on two convenient scapegoats, Syria and Iran. How ironic that only yesterday both myself and my fellow News Hound, Janie, would be featuring stories on the drumbeat of war against both of these countries by the United States on Fox shows.

Studio B further continued the theme with a segment featuring Bill Krystol. He again repeated the accusations against Iran and Syria.

Krystol extolled that the Islamic world was in crisis and that radicals are making their pitch to take over. He said that it was time for the U.S. to "stand firm" and that these radical Islamists were stoking the fires in Syria and Iran. He added again that the west must "stand firm" and not show any weaknesses. Terrorist attacks may occur he said, and this was a time of "great crisis" but we must stand up to this.

Comment: There was no explanation on either segment as to why Syria and Iran were singled out. I waited, but there was none. I also waited for the 'fair and balanced' part of what the Islamic world was saying. That didn't come, either. Later, when I was watching CNN I did see that the Syrian Ambassador to the United States did issue a statement that advised Condoleeza Rice that she should look into her own backyard in Iraq to see where the strong anit-western demonstrations were coming from. He said Syria was not occupying Iraq, the United States was.

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