A Diamond’s Eye View of the World

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feeding the fire of Bush’s imagination: the bin Laden group in Syria

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on January 15, 2007

Early this morning, before heading off on my merry traveling way, I read a news brief that made me hoot with laughter:

Bin Laden Group Announces New Joint Venture in Syria

The enterprise in question is a well financed ($170 million) holding company comprised of building materials firms, not terrorism export. But I can just see the eyes of our president and his advisers lighting up as they learn the news and mis-interpret it as the smoking gun they so long to find.

(While the Arab business news agencies reported the news with variants of the headline above, the Chinese English language news service was far more circumspect. Its report said merely: Leading Saudi firm establishes holding company in Syria.)

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