In the Middle East
Nancy Pelosi in Syria, courtesy of photographs from the Associated Press. "Wearing a flowered head scarf and a black abaya robe, Pelosi visited the 8th-century Omayyad Mosque, shaking hands with Syrian women inside and watching men in a religion class sitting cross-legged on the floor. She stopped at an elaborate tomb, said to contain the head of John the Baptist, and made the sign of the cross. About 10 percent of Syria's 18 million people are Christian."
An Iranian diplomat confirms that Teheran wants to swap 5 men seized in Irbil, Iraq for 15 UK personnel seized at sea. "And sadly, some sort of swap could be in the works," says Former Spook.
Meanwhile, on the domestic front, a Burlington NJ school drills against a terrorist, hostage-taking attack. The hypothetical bad guys: fundamentalist Christians called the "New Crusaders", according to LifeSite.
Andrew Sullivan argues that Teheran is showing the world that it is much better at treating prisoners than America.
Iran, that disgusting regime, is showing much of the world that it treats prisoners more humanely than the U.S. That's the propaganda coup they are achieving. And you know who set them up to score this huge victory in the propaganda war? Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld, who authorized all the abuse at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere throughout the war.
It's interesting, isn't it?