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Lebanon: The opposition announces the "insurrection for independence "
AFP via Babelfish translation | February 18, 2005

Posted on 02/18/2005 9:35:02 AM PST by HAL9000

ALARM - Lebanon: the opposition announces the "insurrection for independence "

BEIRUT - the Lebanese opposition antisyrienne, joined together at a plenary sitting, announced Friday evening the "insurrection for independence "and claimed a" government of transition "to supervise the Syrian withdrawal.

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KEYWORDS: addoum; assad; druze; franjieh; ghazaleh; hariri; hezbollah; hizbollah; insurrection; intifada; iran; jumblat; jumblatt; karami; lebanon; maronite; occupation; syria; uprising; walidjumblatt
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1 posted on 02/18/2005 9:35:05 AM PST by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000

Lebanon: the opposition announces "rising for independence"

BEIRUT - the Lebanese opposition, joined together at a plenary sitting, announced Friday evening a "rising for independence" and claimed a "government of transition" which ensures the Syrian withdrawal and supervises the legislative poll envisaged in spring.

"In response to the criminal and terrorist policy of the Lebanese and Syrian authorities, the Lebanese opposition declares a rising democratic and peaceful for independence", declared with the press one of its members, Samir Frangié.

The Lebanese opposition antisyrienne makes assume with the "Lebanese capacity and the Syrian capacity, in its capacity as mode of supervision" the responsibility for the attack to the explosive which cost Monday the life to the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri.

(©AFP/February 18, 2005 18h30)


2 posted on 02/18/2005 9:37:13 AM PST by HAL9000 (Links to News Sources - http://tinyurl.com/3kys9)
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To: HAL9000

anyone have access to a full news story?


3 posted on 02/18/2005 9:37:28 AM PST by d-informed-1
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To: SJackson

Ping!


4 posted on 02/18/2005 9:40:20 AM PST by NYer ("The Eastern Churches are the Treasures of the Catholic Church" - Pope John XXIII)
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To: HAL9000

Opposition Declares Intifada to Rescue Lebanon from Syria's Tutelage

The Lebanese opposition declared an "uprising for independence" Friday and called for the pro-Syrian regime to step down so that a new government can be formed to oversee a Syrian military pullout from Lebanon. "In response to the criminal and terrorist policy of the Lebanese and Syrian authorities, the Lebanese opposition declares the democratic and peaceful intifada (uprising) for independence," said leading opposition figure Samir Franjieh at a press conference held at Druze leader Walid Jumblat's house in Clemenceau.

Lebanon's anti-Syria opposition has accused the government and its political masters in Damascus of having a hand in the massive bomb blast that killed Hariri and 14 other people in Beirut on Monday and sent shockwaves through the nation.(AFP)


5 posted on 02/18/2005 9:42:16 AM PST by HAL9000 (Links to News Sources - http://tinyurl.com/3kys9)
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To: HAL9000

Isn't it always interesting to hear Old Media complain about the occupation of Iraq but say nothing about the occupation by Syria of Lebanon?


6 posted on 02/18/2005 9:43:24 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: HAL9000
al-Nahar (Beirut): Jumblat Pleads with Assad: 'Unchain us, Leave us. You Made us Hate Syria'
7 posted on 02/18/2005 9:43:25 AM PST by HAL9000 (Links to News Sources - http://tinyurl.com/3kys9)
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To: HAL9000

Yesterday the Syrian ambassador was on C-SPAN. He said that if the Lebanese want Syria out Syria will pack up and leave. We shall see. We shall see.


8 posted on 02/18/2005 9:45:55 AM PST by Visalia
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To: Admin Moderator

Bumping from Front Page to Breaking News


9 posted on 02/18/2005 9:46:00 AM PST by HAL9000 (Links to News Sources - http://tinyurl.com/3kys9)
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To: Peach; HAL9000

This comes one day after President Bush demanded that Syria withdraw its forces from Lebanon.


10 posted on 02/18/2005 9:47:36 AM PST by NYer ("The Eastern Churches are the Treasures of the Catholic Church" - Pope John XXIII)
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To: NYer

The old warlords of Lebanon are in open revolt against Syria now.


11 posted on 02/18/2005 9:48:53 AM PST by HAL9000 (Links to News Sources - http://tinyurl.com/3kys9)
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To: HAL9000; NYer
FREE LEBANON!
12 posted on 02/18/2005 9:49:01 AM PST by Pyro7480 ("All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady." - Tolkien)
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To: HAL9000; Dog; wretchard; Travis McGee; Squantos

This is not insignificant, even though these sorts of Middle-Eastern announcements are typically over-hyped.

...But coming from the Druze, and knowing that the powerful Lebanese Christian Militia is at the ready, this could lead to quite a problem for Syria, especially with American airpower and special ops so close by.

13 posted on 02/18/2005 9:49:14 AM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: HAL9000
The al-Nahar article -

Jumblat Pleads with Assad: 'Unchain us, Leave us. You Made us Hate Syria'

Rafik Hariri's assassination has brought about an inescapable showdown between President Assad's regime and a broad-based Lebanese opposition front sworn to unchain Lebanon from Syria's bondage.

"It's over and out. The relationship between Syria and Lebanon cannot continue in this manner. There must be a change, for Syria's sake before Lebanon's sake," said Druze leader Walid Jumblat, the spearhead of an opposition campaign sworn to terminate the current master-slave status.

In a late night interview aired by Hariri's Future-TV network, Jumblat said the assassination had slammed the door shut for any possible dialogue with either Syria or President Lahoud's regime, "which is a terrorist arm for Syria's secret service."

"Please, please, please go away. Please leave us alone, unchain us," Jumblat pleaded with Assad, wondering "why did you make us hate you, why did you make the Lebanese hate Syria. Why?"

Jumblat said Interior Minister Suleiman Franjieh and Justice Minister Adnan Addoum of Premier Karami's government were "nothing more at best than servants of Rustom Ghazaleh," the brigadier general who heads Syria's military intelligence apparatus in Lebanon.

"We will one day bring brooms and sweep this dirt, this authority of lackeys, to roast in hell. They will certainly be thrown to hell by the people of Lebanon soon," said Jumblat, the closest political ally and friend of ex-Premier Hariri before his assassination in a massive bomb blast in Beirut on Monday.

Jumblat said the opposition would stick to unarmed democratic means to break Syria's grip. "We have no weapons and we do not want any weapons, although whenever we object, politically mind you, they reply by assassinating us. Finish. The language of dialogue is over and out."

He also ruled out a dialogue with the Lahoud regime, saying "how can we enter into a dialogue with a government of dummies controlled by Syria's intelligence service."

Time and again in the interview Jumblat asked President Assad "why did you make us hate you. The whole of the Lebanese nation now hates Syria. Why?"

Jumblat said, addressing Assad, "there is absolutely no way to convince the Lebanese, not even a single one of them that Syria's Moukhabarat intelligence service hasn't murdered Hariri or is innocent of his blood."

Beirut, Updated 18 Feb 05, 10:27


14 posted on 02/18/2005 9:51:52 AM PST by HAL9000 (Links to News Sources - http://tinyurl.com/3kys9)
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To: Peach

Well, the Syrian government is a nice Fascist, National-Socialist Ba'athist Government -- just what the lefties like!


15 posted on 02/18/2005 9:56:45 AM PST by expatpat
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To: HAL9000

Looking forward to seeing the liberal elite kissing President Bush's cowboy boots.


16 posted on 02/18/2005 9:58:36 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (This just in from CBS: "There is no bias at CBS")
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To: NYer; HAL9000

I wonder if there is someone behind-the-scenes action like Special Forces planned against both Syria and Hizbullah, which is the "A-Team" of terrorism.


17 posted on 02/18/2005 9:58:55 AM PST by Pyro7480 ("All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady." - Tolkien)
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To: HAL9000

Force: the only thing arabs understand.


18 posted on 02/18/2005 10:03:30 AM PST by sarah_f ( Know Islam, Know Terror.)
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To: HAL9000

Debka has only a headline:

Members of Lebanese opposition declare “uprising for independence” with demand for pro-Damascus government to resign and Syria to leave. Druse, Christian and Sunni Muslim leaders make announcement together


19 posted on 02/18/2005 10:07:28 AM PST by Piranha
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To: HAL9000

"insurrection for independence "

Don't you know that people seeing others exercise their new found freedom and a taste of Democracy has to be a pain in the a$$ for the Mullahs, extremist Muslims and other dictators?


20 posted on 02/18/2005 10:09:05 AM PST by Smartaleck (Tom Delay TX: (Dems have no plan, no agenda, no solutions.))
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To: HAL9000

"insurrection for independence "

Don't you know that people seeing others exercise their new found freedom and a taste of Democracy has to be a pain in the a$$ for the Mullahs, extremist Muslims and other dictators?

Bush's Fault


21 posted on 02/18/2005 10:09:19 AM PST by Smartaleck (Tom Delay TX: (Dems have no plan, no agenda, no solutions.))
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To: HAL9000

freedom bump!


22 posted on 02/18/2005 10:09:23 AM PST by ellery (Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: HAL9000
I guess they heard Bush loud and clear:

When you stand for liberty we stand with you..

23 posted on 02/18/2005 10:09:26 AM PST by Paradox (Occam was probably right.)
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To: Southack
...But coming from the Druze, and knowing that the powerful Lebanese Christian Militia is at the ready, this could lead to quite a problem for Syria, especially with American airpower and special ops so close by.

If Syria insists on aiding and abetting the insurgency in Iraq, it is only fair, fitting and appropriate that we should return the favor.

This may well be the start of something. I wonder if we have a carrier posted in the Eastern Med. That would be the thing to watch, I suppose.

24 posted on 02/18/2005 10:11:35 AM PST by okie01 (A slavering moron and proud member of the lynch mob, cleaning the Augean stables of MSM since 1998.)
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To: Peach
The old media has no interest in anything that might further democracy.

The old media has interest only in all things negative about our military, our present administration, and all things conservative.

25 posted on 02/18/2005 10:20:55 AM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: Peach; HAL9000
Isn't it always interesting to hear Old Media complain about the occupation of Iraq but say nothing about the occupation by Syria of Lebanon?

Isn't it always interesting to hear the AFP complain about the occupation of Iraq but say nothing about the occupation by Syria of Lebanon by France? Read on:

[snip] In 1919, British forces withdrew from the area assigned to France, leaving French troops in control. The following year France, with the understanding that Syria and Lebanon were to become independent within a reasonably short time [me: remember this phrase], was granted a mandate over them by the League of Nations.

Anti-Turkish sentiment in Syria soon developed into anti-French sentiment and more determined nationalism. The French quelled one armed rebellion in 1920 and a second and better organized uprising from 1925 to 1927. In 1938, soon after French and Syrian leaders had reached agreement on a treaty providing for substantial Syrian independence, the French government refused to ratify the treaty, partly because France regarded control of the area as vital to its military position. The following year France ceded to Turkey the former Turkish administrative district (sanjak) of Alexandretta, in which the ancient Syrian capital of Antioch is located.

These events raised Syrian hostility toward France to a high pitch. Many prominent political figures in Syria declared their loyalty to France and the Allies, nevertheless, when World War II broke out in 1939. After the surrender of France to Germany in 1940, Syria came under the control of the Vichy government. British and Free French forces, however, invaded and subdued Syria in 1941. Later in the same year, the Free French government formally recognized the independence of Syria but continued to occupy the country. With the elections in 1943, a new government was formed under the presidency of the Syrian nationalist Shukri al-Kuwatli, one of the leaders of the 1925 to 1927 uprising against the French. After the end of World War II in 1945, France persisted in trying to exercise influence over Syria. Resultant anti-French uprisings subsided only after the British military intervention on the side of the French and the withdrawal of all French troops and administrative personnel. In 1946 the British troops left Syria. Syria became a charter member of the United Nations (UN) in 1945.[/snip]
Syrian History - The French Mandate

26 posted on 02/18/2005 10:22:18 AM PST by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: jriemer

That's an interesting bit of history, jriemer. Thanks for posting that.


27 posted on 02/18/2005 10:24:02 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: HAL9000

They should have called it an "intifada." That'd tick 'em off.


28 posted on 02/18/2005 10:24:18 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Southack
"knowing that the powerful Lebanese Christian Militia is at the ready"

Do the militias even still exist??

29 posted on 02/18/2005 10:24:20 AM PST by norton (build a fence and post rules at the door.)
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To: HAL9000
It is time to eliminate the Syrian Baath terrorist and oppressive regime once and for all. The demise of Syria will bring the demise of the Islamic terrorist regime of Iran and hence it will bring the ultimate demise of world wide Islamic terrorism.
30 posted on 02/18/2005 10:32:39 AM PST by jveritas
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To: Billthedrill

haaretz.com - 20:14 - Sources in Lebanon say unarmed intifada has been declared in the country against Syrian occupation (Channel 2)


31 posted on 02/18/2005 10:33:03 AM PST by HAL9000 (Links to News Sources - http://tinyurl.com/3kys9)
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To: HAL9000

So we support ant-Syrian Sunnis now? Lebanese Christians and Shia suuport Syria.


32 posted on 02/18/2005 10:35:16 AM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: Southack

So we support ant-Syrian Sunnis now? Lebanese Christians and Shia support Syria.


33 posted on 02/18/2005 10:36:01 AM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: HAL9000
Jerusalem Post -

Lebanese opposition: 'Intifada' for independence

Friday afternoon the Lebanese opposition announced its intention to carry out an "intifada for democratic independence," Channel 2 reported.

Lebanon's opposition has blamed Syria for the massive blast Monday which struck former prime minister Rafik Hariri's motorcade, killing him and another 16 people.

The Lebanese opposition called a press conference Friday evening to declare the uprising, AFP reported.


34 posted on 02/18/2005 10:38:17 AM PST by HAL9000 (Links to News Sources - http://tinyurl.com/3kys9)
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To: Destro
So we support ant-Syrian Sunnis now? Lebanese Christians and Shia suuport Syria.

We support an unconditional withdrawal of Syria from Lebanon.

35 posted on 02/18/2005 10:40:37 AM PST by HAL9000 (Links to News Sources - http://tinyurl.com/3kys9)
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To: Destro

The Lebanese Christians support Syria? I'm having trouble finding information to confirm that - you know where I can find some?


36 posted on 02/18/2005 10:45:21 AM PST by thoughtomator (If Islam is a religion, so is Liberal!)
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To: thoughtomator
How Come Syria Controls Lebanon?

The Lebanese president invited them. In 1976, a little more than a year after the start of Lebanon's bloody civil war, the Maronite Christian president, Ilyas Sarkis, requested military aid from Syria. The war was a struggle among religious and ethnic groups in Lebanon—the ruling Christians wanted to maintain power over the Sunnis, Shiites, and Druzes, and to evict the large population of Palestinians that had just been expelled from Jordan. Syrian troops entered the country on June 1, 1976, and beat back both Palestinian forces and Soviet-backed Muslim militias. A few months later, the Arab League attempted to enforce a cease-fire by creating the Arab Deterrent Force, a Syrian-dominated military presence in Lebanon.

37 posted on 02/18/2005 10:49:27 AM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: Destro
Lenbanese Christians support Syria?

At maximum 5% of them, and the remaining 95% absolutely hate the Syrians.

38 posted on 02/18/2005 10:49:47 AM PST by jveritas
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To: HAL9000

Let's roll. Scouts out, Cavalry Ho!

(I have to take a shower)


39 posted on 02/18/2005 10:50:48 AM PST by johnb838 (Evolution is Paganizm.)
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To: thoughtomator
How Come Syria Controls Lebanon?

The Lebanese president invited them. In 1976, a little more than a year after the start of Lebanon's bloody civil war, the Maronite Christian president, Ilyas Sarkis, requested military aid from Syria. The war was a struggle among religious and ethnic groups in Lebanon—the ruling Christians wanted to maintain power over the Sunnis, Shiites, and Druzes, and to evict the large population of Palestinians that had just been expelled from Jordan. Syrian troops entered the country on June 1, 1976, and beat back both Palestinian forces and Soviet-backed Muslim militias. A few months later, the Arab League attempted to enforce a cease-fire by creating the Arab Deterrent Force, a Syrian-dominated military presence in Lebanon.

Muslims heard prayer leaders fume that the pope was insulting Islam by sporting a crucifix on his vestments, when the Koran says Jesus never died on the Cross. "History teaches us that Western pilgrimages have covert political motives," says Dr. Bouti, Syria's foremost Sunni imam.

WORLD from the May 08, 2001 edition [ Editor's note: The Christian Science Monitor archive includes stories dating back to 1980. Some early articles lack sufficient formatting, and will appear as one long column without paragraph breaks. We apologize for the aesthetics and hope that the information will still be of value to you. ] Pontiff's presence in Syria stirs sectarian tensions Nick Pelham Special to The Christian Science Monitor DAMASCUS, SYRIA - Officials traveling with Pope John Paul II in Syria have told reporters that the historic visit to a mosque was actually proposed by Syrian officials. And in the Arab world, it's noted, Syria is one of the few nations that doesn't designate Islam as the state religion. But there are elements within Syria's Muslim community here who see the pope's visit this week as a threat. And some see it as a political misstep by Syria's new president that might be used to challenge his leadership. Now, a controversy aroused by the pope's debut visit to a mosque is threatening to sully Syria's religious harmony. Muslims heard prayer leaders fume that the pope was insulting Islam by sporting a crucifix on his vestments, when the Koran says Jesus never died on the Cross. "History teaches us that Western pilgrimages have covert political motives," says Dr. Bouti, Syria's foremost Sunni imam. In addition to gripes about the pontiff's costume, the standard bearers of conservative Islam attacked the pope for his insistence on praying at the tomb of St. John the Baptist, which lies beneath the pillar of the mosque. Leading imams feared it was a wily first step to re-Christianize the mosque, which was a Christian church until the 8th century.

"Would the pope let Muslims give the call to prayer from St. Peter's? Should he not warn his followers of the threat to Christianity?" asks Sheikh Al Hout, as a plainclothes policeman with a Kalashnikov monitors his Amara mosque in Damascus, which has a reputation for fundamentalism.

Others asked why the pope had chosen to make his first mosque appearance in Syria - a country whose leaders belong to the heterodox Alawite sect and are snubbed by Sunnis as non-Muslim.

The growing Sunni dissent could pose a new challenge to 34-year-old President Bashar al-Assad as he struggles to maintain the hold of his Alawite sect over Syria after his father's death last June. For 20 years, no one has dared test the waters of Syria's latent sectarian divide.

In 1982, President Hafez al-Assad crushed the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood with a month-long massacre, killing 20,000 Sunnis in their heartland of Hama. Mr. Assad then established a pecking order, which Sunnis say reduced them to a fourth estate, and ensured that the minority Alawites reigned supreme. Sunnis say other religious minorities were co-opted to form a bulwark against them. They had ruled Syria largely uninterrupted for the previous 1,400 years.

The row over the pope's visit is proving fertile ground to sow the seeds of Sunni revenge. "Now we have three sectarian coastal states on the Eastern Mediterranean," says a preacher once jailed on suspicion of Brotherhood sympathies. "With Western help, Israel, Lebanon, and Alawite-led Syria have all combined to break Sunni dominance."

40 posted on 02/18/2005 10:52:35 AM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: Destro

That article indicates that the Christians and Syrians had a split in 1978. Is there anything to indicate recent support for Syria by the Lebanese Christians?


41 posted on 02/18/2005 10:52:38 AM PST by thoughtomator (If Islam is a religion, so is Liberal!)
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To: Destro

Lenbanese= Lebanese


42 posted on 02/18/2005 10:53:06 AM PST by jveritas
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To: jveritas

Bull - Syrians keep the Muslims in check.


43 posted on 02/18/2005 10:53:06 AM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: HAL9000

LOL! Yeah - Walid Jumblat is a lurker...


44 posted on 02/18/2005 10:57:44 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: HAL9000

Opposition declares independence uprising

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The multi-sectarian Lebanese opposition Friday demanded Syria end its military presence and called for dismissal of the government.

"In response to the policy of intimidation and terrorization by the Lebanese authorities and the Syrian authorities, the Lebanese opposition declares the launching of the democratic and peaceful uprising for independence," the opposition said in a statement.

"We demand the dismissal of the government, which has no legitimacy, and the formation of a transitional administration to protect the Lebanese people and ensure the immediate withdrawal of the Syrian army from Lebanon to pave the way for holding free and honest legislative elections."

The opposition also called for an international investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri under the auspices of the United Nations.


45 posted on 02/18/2005 10:58:37 AM PST by HAL9000 (Links to News Sources - http://tinyurl.com/3kys9)
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To: okie01

"I wonder if we have a carrier posted in the Eastern Med."




do you really?
heh heh.....


46 posted on 02/18/2005 10:58:56 AM PST by recalcitrant (who stole the cork off my lunch?)
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To: jveritas

during the war with israel, the druze and the christian's were allied with Israel... against syria.

when did that change?


47 posted on 02/18/2005 11:00:24 AM PST by recalcitrant (who stole the cork off my lunch?)
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To: recalcitrant; okie01

Doesn't this mean war? I mean, does anyone really think that the Syrians are going to back down now?


48 posted on 02/18/2005 11:00:56 AM PST by johnb838 (Evolution is Paganizm.)
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To: Peach

Even more astounding was to hear that Prime Minister Paul Martin of Canuckistan declared that the Syrians are "peacekeepers" in Lebanon!


49 posted on 02/18/2005 11:01:24 AM PST by Redbob
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To: recalcitrant

The vast majority of Christians (95%) are still vehemently against Syria and its occupation to Lebanon. Now the Druze and Sunni Muslims have joined the Lebanese Christians to kick Syria and its intelligence apparatus out of Lebanon as well as remove its puppet government.</p>


50 posted on 02/18/2005 11:04:21 AM PST by jveritas
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