May 23, 2005

MIGHTY BIG SHADOW THAT HANDFUL CASTS:

Protesters overshadow Laura Bush's Mideast tour (Steven Erlanger, MAY 23, 2005, The New York Times)

The first lady, who was encouraged to visit Israel by her husband, was greeted by about 20 protesters as she walked along the huge plaza before entering the Dome of the Rock, one of the Muslim world's holiest shrines.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 23, 2005 8:35 AM
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Since she was protested by both Arab and Jewish demonstrators, it's hard to see how much of anything can be drawn out of this, except that Jerusalem remains something less than a cuddly, friendly place in the Middle East when it comes to extremists on both sides. But I'm sure by the end of the day, this will be pontificated into a metaphor for the failure of Laura's husband's entire war on terror.

Posted by: John at May 23, 2005 9:25 AM

20

Posted by: oj at May 23, 2005 9:27 AM

Would anybody be surprised if the AP or al Reuters hired both sets of protesters?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 23, 2005 10:45 AM

20 ... Wow! And the NYT was all over it ... the gray lady rules!

Posted by: Genecis at May 23, 2005 12:20 PM

Mock not, friends. You have to give these tales a chance to grow. From the National Post:

Laura Bush waded into Middle East tensions Sunday during chaotic visits to sacred religious sites, where crowds and hecklers grew so rowdy that armed guards had to restrain them.

No numbers mentioned. By this time tomorrow, she will have had to outrun the entire Arab street from Rabat to Jakarta while ducking most of Israel.

Posted by: Peter B at May 23, 2005 2:00 PM

The Times is only cheering on its home team.

Posted by: Luciferous at May 23, 2005 4:57 PM
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