the Leb. govt’ pledges it will be the sole "power" south of the Litani …
I want to see them enforce that: How can you prevent the son of, let’s say Maroun il rass from returning home? regardless of affiliation. Unless the jesters like Nayla Moawad and Joe Sarkis have a "plan."
"They" will return Home, back to being teachers, grocers and barbers … Officers of the UNIFIL and the LAF will be their clients … and they’ll wait to fight another day.
weaponry you ask? haven’t seen any… have you??"
I received this from a friend in Beirut who works for the Lebanese Government. I have been thinking about the probable outcome of the "cease-fire" that is supposed to go into effect tomorrow.
Bethmann-Hollweg, the German Foreign Minister said in 1914 that the treaty that protected Belgian neutrality was "a scrap of paper." What he meant was that treaties are observed when they serve the interests of the parties to them.
Israel wants to destroy Hizbullah. It has not done that as yet. Hizbullah is a home-grown Shia force. As "Lubnani" says they will go home if there is peace and wait to fight another day. Hizbullah has not yet been defeated.
Some poor French general is going to lead French, Italian and Turkish soldiers into this maelstrom where they are to be ready to fight Hizbullah all over south Lebanon? On top of that he is supposed to coordinate with and assist 15,000 Lebanese soldiers who will be expected to fight other Lebanese in order to disarm them?
I hear that Elliot Abrams thinks this has been a big victory for our policy of revolutionary change in the Middle East.
Maybe he and Olmert could open a restaurant together, somewhere…