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  • Syria after Lebanon: Hooked on Lebanon

    10/03/2005 11:31:22 PM PDT · by Hunden · 1 replies · 390+ views
    Middle East Quarterly ^ | Fall 2005 | Gary C. Gambill
    Although Syrian troops have withdrawn from Lebanon, their departure is little more than a symbolic acknowledgment of Lebanese sovereignty, extracted under enormous pressure from the international community. They had not been directly involved in policing the country for nearly a decade, and their number had already dwindled in recent years from a peak of over 40,000 down to 14,000. The backbone of Syria's power in Lebanon — its intelligence apparatus — has merely gone underground. The assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in February and the murders of prominent dissidents Samir Kassir and George Hawi in June suggest that Syria remains as capable as ever...
  • Carter intervention on Iraq unlikely

    12/07/2002 9:57:41 AM PST · by GeneD · 16 replies · 183+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 12/07/2002 | Mark Bixler
    With the prospect of war looming in Iraq, an Emory student asked former President Jimmy Carter the other day whether he might mediate any current conflicts in the Middle East. After all, Carter is to receive the Nobel Peace Prize next week for brokering peace between Egypt and Israel in 1978 and for tackling vexing disputes in places such as Haiti, North Korea and Sudan. Carter dodged the question by assuring the class he was happy in Plains, and his aides doubt he will play a role in Iraq. It is not a situation, they said, that meets his criteria...