Nancy Pelosi is obviously inept at international diplomacy and has inadvertently (?) handed the Syrian terrorist regime a moderate political victory by attempting to "open a dialog" with the thug Bashar Assad over the objects of President Bush.

"We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace," Pelosi said. She said she and her delegation "expressed [their] concern about Syria's connections to Hizbullah and Hamas," and discussed the issue of terrorists slipping across the Syrian border into Iraq.

"These are important issues not only in the fight against terrorism, but priorities for us for peace in the Middle East," she said.

Why approach murderers with friendship? They don't share Pelosi's "hope", and they aren't determined to make peace. It's nice that Pelosi is "concerned" about the decades of terror perpetrated by the Syrian regimes, but the Syrians clearly see her visit as an indication that there's some possible compromise to be reached between us and them.

"These people in the United States who are opposing dialogue, I tell them one thing: Dialogue is... the only method to close the gap existing between two countries," Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told reporters after Wednesday's Assad-Pelosi meeting.

"Everyone knows there are different points of view between Syria and the United States," he said. "We are happy that Mrs. Pelosi and her delegation had the courage and determination to bridge these differences."

"Different points of view" means that they want to blow up innocent people and establish a Muslim Caliphate across the known world, and we don't. Maybe we can meet in the middle! Pelosi is a dangerous fool.

Update:

Paul Geary has a short post about Nancy Pelosi's visit to Syria; the title of the post and the accompanying picture stand alone. "Feminist in the US; subservient in Syria."

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