Skip to comments.Lebanese Catholic Patriarch Meets With Sec. Rice, Assured Of International Assistance
Posted on 07/20/2006 7:14:06 PM PDT by bnelson44
Washington DC, Jul. 20, 2006 (CNA ) - United States Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice said the international community must help Lebanon apply United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559, which affirms its call for the strict respect of Lebanons sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity, and political independence under the sole and exclusive authority of the Government of Lebanon throughout the country.
I'm very concerned about the people of Lebanon, about Lebanon's freedom and democracy and a Lebanon where all Lebanese can prosper, Rice told Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir yesterday. The Maronite patriarch was in Washington, wrapping up his one-month visit to the U.S. And we are, of course, working very hard to make certain that Lebanon retains its sovereignty, Rice continued. We're working very hard to try and minimize the impact of the current conflict on the Lebanese people. And I want you to know that we're not only working hard, but we're also praying for the people of Lebanon. Patriarch Sfeir told Rice that Lebanon would be too weak to apply SCR 1559 on its own. Our interest is that all the citizens will be equal, he told Rice. When some are having arms and the others have not, there is no equality.
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Just finished watching Jennifer Griffin and Shep Smith on the Fox Greta Van Susteran show. Special guest was Madeleine Allbright. While Shep Smith was saying that the Lebanese people are turning against Israel because of the civilian deaths, an American woman waiting to be evacuated who worked in downtown Beirut indicated that the people were against Hizbollah. Shep Smith did point out an interesting thing. While Israel is telling civilians to evacuate to the north, the Hizbollah are blocking roads to prevent people from leaving. Griffin was "ooh, the Hizbollah are so strong." They can't be defeated. Allbright was bullsh*tting as usual. Oh, Israel, we ordinary citizens support you big time.
I think that's part of the theory. Syria and Iran have been causing major problems there for some time, mostly through their cat's paw, Hezbollah. If Lebanon can shed these folks, all will be well.
My feeling is that it has gone too far, unfortunately. If Lebanon had started to fight back a year or two ago, it might have had a chance - on the other hand, I recall that it actually did try this and got a number of its leaders assassinated. Maybe it would have helped if the Western powers had come down a little more on the side of Lebanon. But since France is the country that in theory should have had the closest connection, that was certainly not going to happen.
Lebanon didn't exercise sovereignty. That was the problem. Sorry guys, if you can't keep order, somebody has to keep it for you.