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Monday, October 17

Condi: War Sales

Condi is getting heavy with world leaders. The wording in the article below is rather ominous.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice mobilized support among major powers for diplomatic showdowns over the next few weeks with Syria and Iran on a trip that ended on Sunday.

Over three days, Rice held talks with the leaders of France, Russia and Britain -- all holders of vetoes at the U.N. Security Council - on how to make the two U.S. foes meet U.N. security demands.

In a show of diplomacy that reflected the Bush administration's efforts this year to consult partners more, Rice crisscrossed Europe seeking to build a common front against Syria's suspected support for militants in Lebanon and Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Rebuffed by Russia on Iran, she did not win all the support she wanted.

Rice used several one-on-one meetings to prepare the ground for concerted pressure at the Security Council this month against Syria and at the U.N. nuclear watchdog in November against Iran.

A U.N. investigator is due to report his findings in the assassination of an anti-Syrian ex-prime minister of Lebanon on Friday. Diplomats and Lebanese political sources expect some Syrian officials to be named in the report -- and Rice wants a robust response.

After a roughly 40-minute meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that focused on Syria, Rice said the council must "let the chips fall wherever they may."

Lavrov's fluent English would have allowed him to understand the U.S. message: Russia must not block action against Syria, with which it has military and commercial ties, if the report shows that Damascus has responsibility in the February car bomb. Lavrov said Russia had agreed to cooperate with the United States in its response to the report.

Rice signaled she will also pressure Damascus over what the United States says is its support for militants in Lebanon.

She repeatedly warned that she wanted the full implementation of a U.N. resolution whose main outstanding issue is the disarming of the armed groups.

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It would be nice if anyone really knew what was going on and if the world really was in danger by these countries. You just cannot trust liars. We'll never know the truth, will we?

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