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“HUMAN TSUNAMI” COVERS BEIRUT
Publius Pundit ^ | 3/14/2005 | Robert Mayer

Posted on 03/14/2005 9:03:31 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

3/14/2005

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“HUMAN TSUNAMI” COVERS BEIRUT

UPDATE: Scroll to the end for all latest updates on the protests!

Hizb’allah is showing up less and less in the wire — which may or may not be good. But right now, the focus is on the opposition and what moves they will make in face of the pro-Syria protest last week that brought Kharami back to the premiership. Yesterday, protestors got a little creative, by coordinating with each other to make a giant flag using colored boards.


Various opposition groups as well as Hariri’s Tayyar Al Mustaqbal (Future Tide) Movement have been blaring radio appeals for a massive turnout at Monday’s protest under the slogan of ‘allegiance to Lebanon’ and ‘loyalty to Hariri.’

In a warms up for the protest , some 11,2000 opposition activists carried colored paper boards across the street from Hariri’s graveside to cover the entire Martyrs Square with a makeshift huge red, white and green flag, Lebanon’s national colors. They chanted “freedom, truth, national unity.”(Naharnet-AP)

And in addition to this, according to Lebanonwire.com has a little more information on how this protest worked.

Their 3,800-square-meter flag was formed by cardboard pieces that on one side were in the Lebanese colors — red, white and green — and black on the reverse side.

When a speaker addressing the crowd made reference, for example, to Lebanese MPs said to be in the pay of foreign powers, pieces were flipped and the flag turned black.

The flag returned to its normal colors on a call for light to be shed on Hariri’s killing, which many Lebanese suspect was the work of Syria. Syrian authorities, who have troops stationed in Lebanon, have strongly denied involvement.

I posted a more human interest story in my last roundup about how the tent city is uniting the protestors. Funny enough, the reporter interviewed the kids making the flag protest.

The Future Youth tent - representing the young people’s arm of Mr Hariri’s organisation - is a short distance from the rest. It has plastic windows, carpets and electric lights.

Here Najah and her friend Nada are working on a computer-designed demonstration in which exactly 10,800 people will stand in a rectangle holding cards above their heads to form a huge Lebanese flag. The event will be filmed from the air.

I can see the advertisement now — “3D Studio Max! The ULTIMATE in revolutionary software!” And it works so many ways. The Lebanese Code was there, ON THE SPOT, with pictures and details of how it was organized. More pictures here.

The protests carried into last night, with the entire camp holding a candlelight vigil.


Thousands of opposition activists from all political and sectarian shades of Lebanon’s spectrum spent the night at a make-shift metropolis of blue tents erected just across the street from Hariri’s grave at the courtyard of Al Amin Mosque and in cars and buses parked nearby.

They maintained a nightlong candle light vigil at the grave and drew with burning candles the word ‘Truth’ in Arabic and English, which Hariri’s sister, Bahia, said it means “we want the full truth about who conspired, planned and executed the assassination.”

Roaring chants rang out from the crowds at midmorning, demanding that State Prosecutor Adnan Addoum and commanders of all six major security and intelligence departments of the country be sacked for allowing Hariri’s assassination to happen exactly one month ago.

“This is a demand we shall keep alive in non-strop graveside sits-in,” said Hariri’s parliament bloc member Walid Ido. “The secret services have become a death machine, a death mill toiling without letup.”

Ido spoke on Hariri’s Future-TV network screen a few hours after ex-Defense Minister Mohsen Dalloul directly accused the Lahoud regime of involvement in Hariri’s assassination, revealing that a police unit assigned to protect the ex-premier was withdrawn a few days before the crime.

“Hariri had worked out an agreement with President Lahoud to have the police unit assigned to protect and escort him as a former prime minister. The force was actually put on the job and it functioned from Hariri’s Koreitem mansion,” Dalloul said in an interview aired by the F-TV Sunday night.

“When Hariri’s aides managed to reach the official responsible for the protection unit, he said Hariri has plenty of money and he can hire his own security apparatus,” said Dalloul, a parliament member who served as defense minister in one of Hariri’s governments.

“The crime took place a few days later and now officials are boasting that ‘the crime is behind us,’ which means they have committed the crime,” Dalloul added.

And now for the big event. Just as the opposition spelled out “truth” with their candles, this is the moment of truth and hope for their cause. It’s big. It’s organized. It’s being written about.

BEIRUT - By car, bus and boat thousands of Lebanese poured into the capital Monday for a huge demonstration called by an emboldened opposition determined to end Syria’s near 30-year military presence in Lebanon.

Hours before the mid-afternoon start to the rally, more than 300,000 people, according to estimates by correspondents and photographers, were packed into Martyrs Square in central Beirut.

Many waved the red, white and green Lebanese flag on a splendid, sun-splashed Mediterranean morning near the grave of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, assassinated in a bomb blast exactly one month ago and in whose memory the rally has been called.

Correspondents also reported a stream of buses and cars moving toward Beirut from the Bekaa valley in eastern Lebanon, while other participants were arriving by sea from Junieh, 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of Beirut.

Beirut was swarming with activity. Flag bedecked cars, horns squealing, were everywhere and hundreds of youthful organizers struggled to maintain an orderly flow of human traffic toward Martyrs Square.

Many banks and offices shut down at noon, giving their white collar employees the afternoon off to attend the demonstration. Schools and universities likewise ended classes at mid-day.

Walid Phares has an awesome report over at NRO. Read it all! UPDATE: And here is an interview with him on Fox News regarding the pro-Syria demonstrations.

Now, on to the Syria pullout. As of now, Syria is pulling back 4000 of its estimated 14,000 soldiers and 5000 of its intelligence officers back to the border.

WASHINGTON - Syria has promised to withdraw one-third of its 15,000 troops and 5,000 intelligence agents in Lebanon by the end of March, The Washington Post reported Sunday, citing US and UN sources.

President Bashar al-Assad also vowed to shut down Syria’s intelligence headquarters in Beirut by April 1, in talks Saturday in the Syrian city of Aleppo with UN envoy Terje Roed-Larsen, the daily said.

Roed-Larsen announced after the meeting that Assad had agreed to remove all Syrian military and intelligence personnel from Lebanon in two stages.”The first stage will see the relocation of all military forces and intelligence apparatus to the Bekaa valley by the end of March,” the UN envoy said.

“Further, a significant number of these Syrian forces, including intelligence (personnel), will be withdrawn from Lebanon into Syria during this stage.

“The second stage will lead to a complete and full withdrawal of all Syrian military personnel, assets and intelligence apparatus,” Roed-Larsen said in a statement read to AFP in Beirut.

Roed-Larsen did not immediately provide further details of the timetable, saying they would be presented to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in New York early next week.

And while no full timetable has been set, Syria’s Expatriates Minister has said they they should be out long before the May elections.

WASHINGTON - Syria’s troops will probably pull out of Lebanon before legislative elections scheduled for May, Syrian Expatriates Minister Bussaina Shaaban said Sunday.

“I think the troops will meet a very fast timetable,” Shaaban told CNN.

“The elections will take place and I think the troops will move out of Lebanon probably before then,” she added. “I don’t know how logistically possible it’s going to be, but probably before then.”

Syria’s ambassador to the United States, Imad Moustapha, on Tuesday said the troops would leave long before May.

I usually like to add in the pictures, as there was one of the minister in the story… but she wasn’t very pretty. I think it is safe to assume, however, that U.S. pressure will eventually get Syria out, and it probably won’t stop there. It is a big piece of U.S. foreign policy to isolate and crumble Syria’s regime. Assad is in a bad political position at this point, and should probably be more concerned about how to get out alive and live to be a bit older.

UPDATE: HUMAN TSUNAMI COVERS BEIRUT! According to Naharnet:

Human Tsunami Covers Beirut
Independent estimates placed the number of the opposition demonstration at well over 1.3 million, half an hour before the sit-in was scheduled to begin at mid-afternoon.
Highways into Beirut from northern, eastern and southern Lebanon were clogged by human waves stretching more than 5 kilometers from the capital trying to push their way to join the graveside protest.

Mustapha has a personal anecdote to share from family there right now. The Lebanon Daily Star is beginning to post photos from today, though the ones so far are from earlier. The official website of Rafic Hariri has live coverage. Follow the link and click “live coverage” to see the stream.

They’re talking about the whole thing at the Lebanese Forces Forums. Everyone is incredibly excited and hopeful for what is going on right now. This is huge!

Already labeled as the biggest demonstration in the history of Lebanon, This demonstration will leave its mark for decades if not centruies to come.

Cities and Villages are empty except for the sick really young or too old. A small example from 3ersal the estimated number is 25,000 total population is 32,000, Bsharri the same Zahle the same, all of Lebanon is at Martyrs square they will fill it and Solh square many time over.

People are running out of busses, demonstratore from Bar Elias claimed that busses have been paid 100$ to not carry demonsatrtors, thousands are on the street of Bekaa walking, and towards of Beirut.

I know it’s going to work out. We’re cheering for you guys!

MORE: A RELIABLE LIVESTREAM is available at the link. Streaming video and sound! I’m watching right now. This is incredible! Here’s a quote from “Zed” of the forums:

From Nayla speech:

“we are here 100% lebanese..

is there any one non-lebanese between us?…… people: NOO!

I say to Hizbullah that they do not exist to defend this regime..

I call upon them to complete the liberation of the south..

Hariri’s murder is not a “za3raneh”… it is an earthquake for lebanon and for the arab world.”

Assad must be shitting in his pants.

Martyr’s Square is completely full and protestors are being advised to start overflowing into other squares, which are being filled up as well. The projection of 1.3 million is coming true, as numbers have surged passed 700,000 as kilometers of vehicles are lined up outside Beirut!

800,000!

BEIRUT - More than 800,000 people, according to a city official, poured into central Beirut Monday for an opposition demonstration demanding an end to nearly three decades of Syrian military domination.

The figure, provided by city official Mounib Nassereddine, did not include demonstrators who were still arriving from all parts of the country.

Here’s a picture from the above link.

UPDATE: I think there is no way that Lahoud will be able to stay in office now (From naharnet.com):

Independent estimates placed the number of the opposition demonstration at well over 1.6 million.
Highways into Beirut from northern, eastern and southern Lebanon were clogged by human waves stretching more than 5 kilometers from the capital trying to push their way to join the graveside protest.

Legislator Marwan Hamadeh formally opened the sit-in protest by declaring that the massive opposition was ‘writing the end of President Lahoud’s police state and its Syrian backers.’ He drew thunderous cheers when he announced ‘this is the end to the one whose regime has been extended and to those who extended his regime.’



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KEYWORDS: beirut; beirutrally; bushdoctrineunfold; bushdoctrineunfolds; lebanon; syria
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1 posted on 03/14/2005 9:03:32 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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Todays Beirut Rally threads:


2 posted on 03/14/2005 9:05:39 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This is great!...Just watching the demonstration on Fox!


3 posted on 03/14/2005 9:11:11 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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The Story behind the Flag Photo:

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10,000 people form Lebanese flag in further tribute to Hariri

z09_human_flag.jpg (7303 bytes)BEIRUT - More than 10,00O people holding colored pieces of cardboard formed a huge Lebanese flag here Saturday in another spirited tribute to slain former prime minister Rafiq Hariri.

Participants, young and old, women in headscarves and those with hair flying in the wind, gathered in Martyrs Square where Hariri and his seven bodyguards killed in a February 14 bomb attack are buried.

Their 3,800-square-meter flag was formed by cardboard pieces that on one side were in the Lebanese colors -- red, white and green -- and black on the reverse side.

When a speaker addressing the crowd made reference, for example, to Lebanese MPs said to be in the pay of foreign powers, pieces were flipped and the flag turned black.

The flag returned to its normal colors on a call for light to be shed on Hariri's killing, which many Lebanese suspect was the work of Syria. Syrian authorities, who have troops stationed in Lebanon, have strongly denied involvement.

The assassination has intensified demands for a Syrian military withdrawal and spawned a tent city in Martyrs Square of young militants pressing for an end to Syria's influence in Lebanon.

Organizers of Saturday's event said hundreds of groups had answered a call put out by a movement known as Wave of the Future.

The crowd dispersed shouting "Syria Out" and "Liberty, sovereignty, independence."

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4 posted on 03/14/2005 9:12:29 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: MEG33

Where did they show that?


5 posted on 03/14/2005 9:13:10 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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From Naharnet:

Opposition Stages Biggest Show of Muscle, Accuses Regime of Murdering Hariri

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Opposition Stages Biggest Show of Muscle, Accuses Regime of Murdering Hariri
Lebanon's national opposition front is staging a massive show of force at Rafik Hariri's graveside in downtown Beirut Monday amid outspoken charges that President Lahoud's Syrian-backed regime was behind the billionaire ex-premier's assassination.
Endless bus convoys were pouring into the capital from all over Lebanon to take part in the mid-afternoon sit-in at the Martyrs Square, waving a sea of Lebanese national flags and chanting 'Truth, Sovereignty and Independence.'

Bussed protestors from the Christian heartland north of Beirut complained that army checkpoints were purposely slowing the drive to Beirut by insisting on frisking each traveler bodily. They said many had switched to boats and were heading by sea to Beirut beaches.


Thousands of opposition activists from all political and sectarian shades of Lebanon's spectrum spent the night at a make-shift metropolis of blue tents erected just across the street from Hariri's grave at the courtyard of Al Amin Mosque and in cars and buses parked nearby.

They maintained a nightlong candle light vigil at the grave and drew with burning candles the word 'Truth' in Arabic and English, which Hariri's sister, Bahia, said it means "we want the full truth about who conspired, planned and executed the assassination."

Roaring chants rang out from the crowds at midmorning, demanding that State Prosecutor Adnan Addoum and commanders of all six major security and intelligence departments of the country be sacked for allowing Hariri's assassination to happen exactly one month ago.

"This is a demand we shall keep alive in non-strop graveside sits-in," said Hariri's parliament bloc member Walid Ido. "The secret services have become a death machine, a death mill toiling without letup."

Ido spoke on Hariri's Future-TV network screen a few hours after ex-Defense Minister Mohsen Dalloul directly accused the Lahoud regime of involvement in Hariri's assassination, revealing that a police unit assigned to protect the ex-premier was withdrawn a few days before the crime.

"Hariri had worked out an agreement with President Lahoud to have the police unit assigned to protect and escort him as a former prime minister. The force was actually put on the job and it functioned from Hariri's Koreitem mansion," Dalloul said in an interview aired by the F-TV Sunday night.

"When Hariri's aides managed to reach the official responsible for the protection unit, he said Hariri has plenty of money and he can hire his own security apparatus," said Dalloul, a parliament member who served as defense minister in one of Hariri's governments.

"The crime took place a few days later and now officials are boasting that 'the crime is behind us,' which means they have committed the crime," Dalloul added.

 

Beirut, Updated 14 Mar 05, 17:08

6 posted on 03/14/2005 9:17:51 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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Biggest Opposition Demo Swears to Break Syria's Stranglehold and Lahoud's Regime
U.N. Investigators Reportedly Revealing 'Devastating Cover Up' in Hariri's Murder
Aoun Says he Will Return to Lebanon 'Within Weeks'
U.N. Envoy Warns Lebanon Against Canceling Elections
Jumblat Speaks of 'Death Sentence' Behind his Depiction as Jewish Rabbi
¼ of Syrian Army is Out under 'Fast Withdrawal Timetable'
U.S. Keeps up Pressure on Syria to Leave Lebanon before Elections
Opposition Stages Biggest Show of Muscle, Accuses Regime of Murdering Hariri
Assad Pledges Total Withdrawal of Troops, Spies by April 27?
Lahoud Warns of 'Catastrophe' by Grenade into Post-Hariri Protest
Jumblat Back for Biggest Sit-in at Hariri's Graveside
Franjieh Recommends Firing 2 Beirut Police Generals
Syria Hints it May Open an Embassy in Beirut
Syrian Shopkeeper Stabbed to Death in Beirut
Karami Accepts U.S. ex-President Jimmy Carter to Monitor Lebanon's Elections
U.N. Presses for Withdrawal Timetable Without Ultimatum to Assad
Syria Evacuated N. Lebanon, Including Rene Mouawad Airfield
Opposition Wins Support from the Urals to the Atlantic
U.N. 'Steel-Hard' Ultimatum to Assad to Quit Lebanon
Rice Tells Syria: 'Beware Deepened Isolation'

7 posted on 03/14/2005 9:28:11 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It was the rerun of Brit's show..


8 posted on 03/14/2005 9:32:35 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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Opposition Wins Support from the Urals to the Atlantic
An opposition delegation to Europe has returned to Beirut with iron-clad assurances stretching from Russia's Ural mountains to the shores of the Atlantic to support Lebanon's drive to regain its full sovereignty and independence from Syria.

Druze leader Walid Jumblat won Russia's support to the cause during talks he held with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow Friday just as eight other opposition figures were getting a pledge of unlimited support from France's Foreign Minister Michel Barnier in Paris.

The crisis over Lebanon must not be allowed to destabilize either that country or the wider Middle East, Lavrov said after the meeting with Jumblat. "We must help find a way out of the crisis, not destabilize the situation, either in Lebanon or in the region."

Lavrov made no direct response to Jumblat's request from Russia to help investigate Hariri's assassination. But he said "we were deeply shocked by the terrorist act which killed Hariri. He had done a great deal to ensure that Lebanon developed along a stable path, and always tried to provide full sovereignty for Lebanon."

The delegation to Paris included Jumblat's senior-most aide Marwan Hamadeh, presidential aspirant Nassib Lahoud and legislators Naila Mouawad, Ghattas khoury, Mosbah Ahdab and Ahmed Fatfat. The delegation visited Brussels before traveling to Paris.

Delegation members said in interviews carried by An Nahar Saturday that France and the European Union have made Lebanon a top priority, focusing on the recovery of Lebanese sovereignty, the withdrawal of the Syrian army and intelligence apparatus before the April-May elections and investigating Hariri's assassination to the bitter end.

The delegation also held a meeting with Exiled Gen. Michel Aoun, who hastened to don the red-and-white scarf that has become the emblem of the Lebanese opposition. Aoun and the delegation agreed on:

1-A total withdrawal of the Syrian army and intelligence personnel,

2-The formation of a neutral government in Lebanon to superintend the spring elections with international observation,

3-Sacking the masterminds of the police state that is controlling Lebanon,

4-An international investigation of Hariri's assassination.

 

Beirut, Updated 14 Mar 05, 09:01

9 posted on 03/14/2005 9:32:59 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: MEG33

Thanks, I decided they weren't gonna show anything and went elsewhere.

This Blog is fantastic....


10 posted on 03/14/2005 9:34:15 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; Carry_Okie; SierraWasp; blam; SunkenCiv; Dog; Coop; Cap Huff; ...

Looks of background on todays Big Rally and Major news regarding putting pressure on Syria!!!


11 posted on 03/14/2005 9:39:09 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
When a speaker addressing the crowd made reference, for example, to Lebanese MPs said to be in the pay of foreign powers, pieces were flipped and the flag turned black.

God bless these folks as they seek to be FRee of their oppressors.

12 posted on 03/14/2005 9:42:25 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: BCrago66; Jim Robinson; RonDog; F14 Pilot; DoctorZIn; freedom44

Thanks for that GREAT LINK to this Blog!


13 posted on 03/14/2005 9:42:58 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: NormsRevenge
See post #9, Lebanon has this baby WIRED....Syria is OUT....course it might make everyone feel even better if we happened to position one of our Carrier groups offshore within sight of the Lebanese people.....
14 posted on 03/14/2005 9:46:44 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Sounds great!
Will link to it from:

http://freedomstruth.blogspot.com


15 posted on 03/14/2005 9:49:55 PM PST by WOSG (Liberating Iraq - http://freedomstruth.blogspot.com)
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Post #7 has the links workinng , unless I screwed up one of them. They are from here:

naharnet.com

See linked News Items on the right!

16 posted on 03/14/2005 9:50:50 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Berosus; Do not dub me shapka broham
Thanks, Ernest, for the ping.
Druze leader Walid Jumblat won Russia's support to the cause during talks he held with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow Friday just as eight other opposition figures were getting a pledge of unlimited support from France's Foreign Minister Michel Barnier in Paris.
Russian support is just words -- won't materialize when it counts. French support though (and it's hard to believe after what we've been through the past few years, er, decades, with those bastards) will prove to be solid. The French need Lebanon, in order to not get themselves dealt out of the Middle East entirely and for all time.
17 posted on 03/14/2005 9:57:13 PM PST by SunkenCiv (last updated my FreeRepublic profile on Sunday, March 13, 2005.)
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To: WOSG

Very nice Blog...


18 posted on 03/14/2005 9:58:54 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

"writing the end of President Lahoud’s police state and its Syrian backers... this is the end to the one whose regime has been extended and to those who extended his regime."

Doesn't sound like a note of optimism regarding the longevity of the Assad quasi-monarchy in Syria, either. ;'D


19 posted on 03/14/2005 10:01:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (last updated my FreeRepublic profile on Sunday, March 13, 2005.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1362946/posts
Anti-Syrians outdo Hizbullah in street protests
The Guardian ^ | 3/15/05 | Brian Whitaker


20 posted on 03/14/2005 10:05:31 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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U.N. 'Steel-Hard' Ultimatum to Assad to Quit Lebanon
Special U.N. envoy Terje Roed-Larsen will give President Assad an ultimatum when they both meet Saturday in Damascus, threatening political and economic isolation if he does not withdraw his troops quickly and completely from Lebanon, The Washington Post said Friday, quoting U.N. and U.S. officials.

"If he doesn't deliver, there will be total political and economic isolation of his country. There is a steel-hard consensus in the international community," a senior U.N. official said.

Assigned by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan to ask Assad for a definite withdrawal Roed-Larsen trotted back to the Middle East this week. He met Thursday with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and will hop to Beirut Friday before traveling to Damascus.

A U.N. official said Roed-Larsen had found "remarkable" support for a tough stance with Syria over its failure to comply with U.N. Security Council Resolution 1559 calling for an end to Syria's tutelage over Lebanon.

The U.N. envoy on Saturday will tell the Syrian president that he must take four steps if he wants to avoid sanctions, U.N. and U.S. officials told The Washington Post.

First, he must respect Lebanon's sovereignty and not undermine its upcoming legislative elections.

Second, he must provide a complete timeline for a full pullout of troops. A phased withdrawal or "sequencing" would be accepted, but must be expeditious, the sources said.

Third, Assad must also provide a timeline for the withdrawal of some 5,000 intelligence agents in Lebanon.

Finally, other requirements will be discussed, including the need to disarm and dismantle foreign and domestic Syrian-supported militias in Lebanon, although the sources said the U.N. is prepared to wait until after Lebanon's legislative elections to deal with this problem.

The post also quoted U.S. State Department spokesman Adam Ereli as saying "Clearly the presence of Syrian forces and Syrian intelligence agents is incompatible with a fully fair election, untainted by outside interference. And that's the basis of 1559."(AFP-Naharnet)

 

Beirut, Updated 14 Mar 05, 09:01

21 posted on 03/14/2005 10:16:20 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: MeekOneGOP; Valin; Fred Nerks

fyi


22 posted on 03/14/2005 10:24:45 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: MEG33

Thanks, got that one in the package also.


23 posted on 03/14/2005 10:25:52 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; jan in Colorado

You little beauty! I'm speechless. For once.


24 posted on 03/14/2005 10:28:30 PM PST by Fred Nerks (Understand Evil: Read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD. Link on my Page. free pdf.)
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These Demonstrators were getting harassed by the Syrians as they made there way to the location of today's rally.

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Opposition Stages Biggest Show of Muscle, Accuses Regime of Murdering Hariri
Lebanon's national opposition front is staging a massive show of force at Rafik Hariri's graveside in downtown Beirut Monday amid outspoken charges that President Lahoud's Syrian-backed regime was behind the billionaire ex-premier's assassination.
Endless bus convoys were pouring into the capital from all over Lebanon to take part in the mid-afternoon sit-in at the Martyrs Square, waving a sea of Lebanese national flags and chanting 'Truth, Sovereignty and Independence.'

Bussed protestors from the Christian heartland north of Beirut complained that army checkpoints were purposely slowing the drive to Beirut by insisting on frisking each traveler bodily. They said many had switched to boats and were heading by sea to Beirut beaches.


Thousands of opposition activists from all political and sectarian shades of Lebanon's spectrum spent the night at a make-shift metropolis of blue tents erected just across the street from Hariri's grave at the courtyard of Al Amin Mosque and in cars and buses parked nearby.

They maintained a nightlong candle light vigil at the grave and drew with burning candles the word 'Truth' in Arabic and English, which Hariri's sister, Bahia, said it means "we want the full truth about who conspired, planned and executed the assassination."

Roaring chants rang out from the crowds at midmorning, demanding that State Prosecutor Adnan Addoum and commanders of all six major security and intelligence departments of the country be sacked for allowing Hariri's assassination to happen exactly one month ago.

"This is a demand we shall keep alive in non-strop graveside sits-in," said Hariri's parliament bloc member Walid Ido. "The secret services have become a death machine, a death mill toiling without letup."

Ido spoke on Hariri's Future-TV network screen a few hours after ex-Defense Minister Mohsen Dalloul directly accused the Lahoud regime of involvement in Hariri's assassination, revealing that a police unit assigned to protect the ex-premier was withdrawn a few days before the crime.

"Hariri had worked out an agreement with President Lahoud to have the police unit assigned to protect and escort him as a former prime minister. The force was actually put on the job and it functioned from Hariri's Koreitem mansion," Dalloul said in an interview aired by the F-TV Sunday night.

"When Hariri's aides managed to reach the official responsible for the protection unit, he said Hariri has plenty of money and he can hire his own security apparatus," said Dalloul, a parliament member who served as defense minister in one of Hariri's governments.

"The crime took place a few days later and now officials are boasting that 'the crime is behind us,' which means they have committed the crime," Dalloul added.

 

Beirut, Updated 14 Mar 05, 17:08

25 posted on 03/14/2005 10:30:06 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Fred Nerks; Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks for the ping and Ernest thanks for posting this!
26 posted on 03/14/2005 10:31:43 PM PST by jan in Colorado
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To: Fred Nerks
That Blog lead me to the Website which is an eyeopenor....and post #25 has some detail I haven't seen before, about withdrawing Hariri's protection a few days before the bombing!

Local Website here:

naharnet.com

27 posted on 03/14/2005 10:38:28 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Fred Nerks
just for you:


28 posted on 03/14/2005 10:49:22 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: All
For those interested :

democraticunderground.com

One Comments that he thinks this is all faked!

29 posted on 03/14/2005 10:53:07 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

For me? All of her? There's no doubt about it, the Lebanese ladies are delicious. Thanks very much. Freedom!


30 posted on 03/14/2005 10:58:42 PM PST by Fred Nerks (Understand Evil: Read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD. Link on my Page. free pdf.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks for the link. The cat's well and truly out of the bag in Lebanon, isn't it?
GO FREEDOM!


31 posted on 03/14/2005 11:05:49 PM PST by Fred Nerks (Understand Evil: Read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD. Link on my Page. free pdf.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Hey, I heard someone in the street (in Australia) say that the demo was all about keeping the Syrians IN Lebanon.


32 posted on 03/14/2005 11:08:13 PM PST by Fred Nerks (Understand Evil: Read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD. Link on my Page. free pdf.)
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To: jan in Colorado
You are welcome,this is a momentous happening!

More from naharnet.com:

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U.N. Investigators Reportedly Revealing 'Devastating Cover Up' in Hariri's Murder
A United Nations investigation into the death of former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri will report that Lebanese and Syrian authorities are behind a cover-up of evidence from the February 14 blast, The Independent newspaper said on Monday.
"The U.N. investigators have become convinced that there was a cover-up of evidence at the very highest levels of the Lebanese and Syrian intelligence authorities," the British daily said.

Veteran Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk, based in Beirut, quoted no sources for his report but said that members of Hariri's family had been warned the U.N. report on the death would be "devastating".

The U.N. team, comprised of Irish, Egyptian and Moroccan investigators and recently joined by Swiss bomb experts, has discovered that many of the vehicles from Hariri's convoy were moved from the scene of the blast only hours after it happened, Fisk said.

The Independent also published a photo of the bomb site taken 36 hours before the bombing, and suggested that a "mysterious object" seen near a drain pipe indicated that explosives could have been planted beneath the avenue.

This would contradict initial reports that Hariri was killed by a car bomb, Fisk said.

"If (investigators) successfully recover parts of (one remaining destroyed) vehicle, they may be able to discover the nature of the explosives," he wrote.(AFP)

 

Beirut, 14 Mar 05, 18:14

33 posted on 03/14/2005 11:08:30 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Fred Nerks

Some of the posters on DU are claiming that the Joos really did it. That Bush & Sharon are trying to start a civil War , so that they may move in peace keeping Soldiers....then we could check out the Bekaa Valley,...


34 posted on 03/14/2005 11:11:14 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Nice going, and they managed to get two million people all to agree at the same time and show up with banners and hang off buildings? Yep. The joooooss did it. And it's all Bush's fault, may God Bless him!

Onward, Bekaa Valley beckons...


35 posted on 03/14/2005 11:16:50 PM PST by Fred Nerks (Understand Evil: Read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD. Link on my Page. free pdf.)
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To: All
Condi is doing her job:

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Rice Tells Syria: 'Beware Deepened Isolation'
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has warned Syria not to deepen its "own isolation," insisting in an unrelenting daily pressure of the Assad regime to make an immediate and total pullout.
"I would hope that the Syrians would not continue to deepen their own isolation," Rice said, noting that several Arab states have also urged Syria to withdraw its forces from neighboring Lebanon, including Saudi Arabia, the Middle East financial titan.

"I would certainly hope that the Syrians are getting the message, that this is a completely different situation," she said, referring to U.N. Security Council resolution 1559.

Rice's stance was backed by State Department spokesman Richard Boucher. "Resolution 1559 says immediate and full withdrawal. That's what we are looking for," he said. "We are looking for action from Syria. We are not looking for excuses or rhetoric."

Rice and Boucher's statements underscored Bush's recent assertion in public that getting Syria out of Lebanon had become his day-to-day obsession.(AFP-Naharnet)

 

Beirut, Updated 14 Mar 05, 09:01

36 posted on 03/14/2005 11:20:50 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: USF

Freedom ping!


37 posted on 03/14/2005 11:21:45 PM PST by jan in Colorado
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To: jan in Colorado; Fred Nerks; SunkenCiv
They are having some Thuggery incidents now:

Syria's Loyalists Beat up Lebanese Opposition Youth

38 posted on 03/14/2005 11:27:30 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: All
Another resource:

For Lebanon

39 posted on 03/15/2005 12:21:35 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: backhoe

Late night ping.


40 posted on 03/15/2005 12:52:49 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach


41 posted on 03/15/2005 2:11:15 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

WASHINGTON - Syria has promised to withdraw one-third of its 15,000 troops and 5,000 intelligence agents in Lebanon by the end of March,

Well GOSH that's really nice of them.


(yes that is a hint of sarcasm you're detecting)


42 posted on 03/15/2005 5:36:45 AM PST by Valin (DARE to be average!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks Ernest. Things are happening so fast over there it takes a forum like FR to keep up with it all...


43 posted on 03/15/2005 7:37:19 AM PST by tubebender
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To: Fred Nerks
Thanks to Patrick_k, for a link : http://www.stavrotoons.com/IndependanceDays2005/main.asp?toonId=811

For Photos from the Rally.

I include one here:

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44 posted on 03/15/2005 10:15:19 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: All

45 posted on 03/15/2005 10:17:13 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: All

46 posted on 03/15/2005 10:27:19 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Patrick_k; Grampa Dave; MEG33; Brad's Gramma
Thanks for the link to the great Photos and thanks to the Lebanese people for one History making Rally...Just incredible.!!!

To have particapted in an event as historic as this one would be a memory to hold for one's entire life and pass on to the grandchildren.

47 posted on 03/15/2005 10:31:47 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Great photo's, wonderful day, beautiful people!


48 posted on 03/15/2005 1:02:25 PM PST by Fred Nerks (Understand Evil: Read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD. Link on my Page. free pdf.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Whew, that's one attractive Freedom Fighter.....


49 posted on 03/15/2005 2:00:45 PM PST by PigRigger (Send donations to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org)
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