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Iran and Syria must leave Lebanon

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in response to reader comment: The incentives of Iran go to the people directly, The USA incentives go to the elite.The Labanon Example

Submitted by Nabil Ahmad (United States), Dec 9, 2006 at 07:02

The Iranians and Syrians need to be stopped

The Iranians in Lebanon only favored one group: Shiites. There are other groups in Lebanon: Sunni Muslims, Maronite Christians and Druze. You can never gain respect and support from a country by terrorizing its population, which Iran has done.

As you well know, the problem started with Palestinian extremists in Lebanon who wished to use that country as a launchpad for attacks against Israel. That led to civil war between the Christians and the Muslims in 1975, with the Lebanese president asking the Syrian government for help. Syria moved in on the side of the Christian militias, and then switched sides to the Muslim militias. Enter the Iranian revolt of 1979 with Khomeini coming in and increasing Israeli retaliatory raids into Lebanon that culminated in a full-scale invasion in 1982 that resulted in the expulsion of Yasser Arafat and the PLO from Beirut.

The Iranians are not nation-builders. Hizbollah has no reason to exist. Israel has left Lebanon, and the dispute over the Shebaa farms can be resolved by political means. Hizbollah is nothing more than a puppet militia of the Iranians. Its support mainly comes from Shiites in Lebanon. It has little or no support at all from the Sunnis, Christians or Druzes in Lebanon.

We can complain all about the USA and Israel being "imperialist occupiers". But no one seems to complain against the machinations of Syria and Iran which have proved time and time again that they DON'T support free expression and dissent and will not hesitate to use an iron fist to crush any and all opposition to their schemes.

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