"From Beirut to Baghdad" Christopher Hitchens on "The ghastly predictability of nihilist violence."

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-12-01 07:36

From www.slate.com Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at 4:30 PM ET


The fate of those who criticize the Syrian presence in Lebanon is rather like the fate of those who oppose Vladimir Putin. The former are shot or blown up, and the latter are victims of exotic poisons. Nobody knows for sure if there is any direct connection between the positions they take and the outcome that befalls them, but it has to be said in both cases that neither the government of Syria nor the face of Vladimir Putin seems very downcast or contrite when these coincidences occur. And, as Gen. Strelnikov so rightly says in Doctor Zhivago, it hardly matters whether you burn the right village or the wrong one. The same deterrent point is made in either case...

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