March 30, 2009

HE SKIPPED A STEP THERE:

The Price of Moving Closer to Hezbollah (Tariq Alhomayed, 3/30/09, asharq alawasat)

The reasons behind Britain's negotiation with the so-called political wing of Hezbollah have begun to be revealed. The available information indicates that the reasons for negotiations between Britain and Hezbollah are contrary to what had previously been announced. It seems that the main reason is London's desire to secure the release of the 5 Britons kidnapped in Baghdad two years ago, in return for the release of prisoners affiliated to Muqtada Al-Sadr's organization, as well as Hezbollah leaders held by the Americans in Iraq, rather than for the sake of Lebanon's stability.

The Swastika and the Cedar (Christopher Hitchens, May 2009, Vanity Fair)
Lebanon is the most plural society in the region, and the “March 14” coalition, the group of parties that leads the current government, essentially represents the Sunnis, the Christians, the Druze (a tribe and creed unique to the region), and the Left.

What interest does the West have in maintaining the "stability" of an artificial and antidemocratioc state like The Lebanon?

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Posted by Orrin Judd at March 30, 2009 8:17 AM
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