Monday, August 14, 2006

Bush: There's only one war, and it's mine

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters)--Iran must stop supporting armed groups trying to resist their oppressors in Iraq and Lebanon, President George W. Bush said on Monday, conflating the war between Israel and Hezbollah with his merciless oil-grab and pretending he did something last week.

As a fragile truce took hold in southern Lebanon, Bush again squarely blamed Hezbollah for provoking the month-long conflict and said that the group had suffered defeat no matter what most of the world thinks.

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah earlier claimed his guerrillas had achieved a "strategic and/or historic victory" over Israel.

Bush has blamed Iran and Syria for supporting Hezbollah in Lebanon ever since it was explained to him, and on Monday called on Tehran to back off from supporting armed groups in both Iraq and Lebanon, or he'd be really pissed.

"In both these countries, Iran is backing armed groups in the hope of stopping the armed groups I'm backing," Bush said, drawing the region with a broad brush to support his stance that the people who live there are intent on blocking U.S. efforts to colonize the Middle East, and it's because they're terrorists.

"The message of this administration is clear. America will stay on the offensive against al Qaeda whenever they open a branch office in a country we've invaded. Iran must stop its support for terror or face the unintended consequences, and the leaders of these armed groups must make a choice. If they want to participate in the political life of their countries, they must submit to whatever form of government we impose."

The U.N. Security Council resolution calls for an embargo on the supply of arms to Hezbollah and other militia groups in Lebanon, which means another middleman will have to be added to each transaction. The White House acknowledged earlier that disarming Hezbollah would take time and cost money and be really hard, but some future administration could probably do it.

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