Monday, October 24, 2005

Syria: a state rally in support of Assad


Tens of thousands of Syrians have marched through the capital Damascus to protest against the United Nations probe which they say unfairly blames Syria for the death of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. Carrying photos of president Bashar al-Assad and Syrian flags, the demonstrators shouted slogans against the US and against the author of the UN report, German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis.

Do you remember one of the opening lines of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy?

Barman: Do you really think the world's about to end?
Ford: Yes, in just over 3 minutes and 5 seconds.
Barman: Well, isn't there anything we can do?
Ford: No. Nothing.
Barman: I thought we were supposed to lie down, put a paper bag over our head or something...?
Ford: Yes, if you like.
Barman: Will that help?
Ford: No. Excuse me, I've got to go.
Barman: Ah, well. Last orders please."

Assad is putting a paper bag over his head, and it won’t help.

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