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Is Bashar al Assad Responsible for what is happening in Lebanon?

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Submitted by Maurice Picow (Israel), Aug 3, 2006 at 15:06

Bashar al Assad and his government are only partially responsible for the current state of affairs In Lebanon and Israel. Iran is also involved, as they send fighters, arms, and money to help Sheikh Narsralla and his band of merry men carry on their fight against Israel. But in all due respect, as noted in the article, the main responsibility rests on the Lebanese themselves.

How can you have a government with a power sharing arrangement in which the president is a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Sunni Muslim, and the speaker of the government assembly a Shiite. How can you have a properly functioning government at all with that kind of situation?

As for the Lebanese Army, since the outset of this present war, very little has been heard of this entity, reputed to be 75,000 strong. if about half of these guys are Shiite Muslims, than they must be doing a bit of 'uniform changing'; meaning that they are fighting, but not as soldiers in their country's national defense forces.

So, this means they're doing a bit of 'freelancing' .

Putting them in southern Lebanon to help police the border with Israel, is obviously not a very good idea, as they are actually more sympathetic to The Sheikh. This would mean that Hezbollah would actually be back in their old positions, albeit in different uniforms. This makes me wonder why the Sheik didn't enthusiactially approve this idea (of placing LAF troops along the border with Israel). They could even paint the Ketusha rockets a different color - and paint little Lebanese flags on each one. Seriously, the absurdity of this idea is evident enough, even for morons.

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