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President Bush, taking us down yet another fast lane on the road to war:

President Bush, in Brussels for the keynote speech of a trip to Europe, branded Syria an “oppressive neighbor” to Lebanon and insisted it “end its occupation.”

In Beirut, 15,000 Lebanese protesters echoed his message.

Chanting “Syria out,” they marched in protest at last week’s killing of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri in a bomb which Lebanon’s opposition blamed on Syria.

“The truth is, we can’t stand Syria,” they chanted.

The 25-nation European Union called for an international probe into Hariri’s death and underlined their support for a United Nations resolution calling for Syria to withdraw.

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Oops. Did I say something about a rush to war? What I meant to say was, “generating international pressure and encouraging local opposition in order to end a multidecade occupation.”

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