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spindrifter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-15-06 09:25 PM
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Lebanese PM hints at anti-Hezbollah move
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Trying to defuse the crisis, Lebanons prime minister indicated he might send his army to take control of southern Lebanon from Hezbollah guerrillas a move that might risk civil war. In a more ominous sign that the struggle could spread, Israel accused Iran of helping fire a missile that damaged an Israeli warship, a charge Iran denied.


Choking back tears, Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora went on television to plead with the United Nations to broker a cease-fire for his disaster-stricken nation.

The Western-backed prime minister, criticizing both Israel and Hezbollah, also pledged to reassert government authority over all Lebanese territory, suggesting his government might deploy the Lebanese army in the south, which Hezbollah effectively controls.

That would meet a repeated U.N. and U.S. demand. But any effort by Sanioras Sunni Muslim-led government to use force against the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah guerrillas could trigger another bloody civil war in Lebanon. Many fear the 70,000-strong army itself might break up along sectarian lines, as it did during the 1975-90 civil war.
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  -Lebanese PM hints at anti-Hezbollah move spindrifter  Jul-15-06 09:25 PM   #0 
  - Good move if it works.  Poppyseedman   Jul-15-06 10:22 PM   #1 
  - But does the govt have the firepower to dominate?  jean   Jul-15-06 10:28 PM   #2 
  - 70,000 strong military can do the job, if military discipline can prevail  Poppyseedman   Jul-15-06 10:43 PM   #3 
  - psst...  otokogi   Jul-15-06 10:46 PM   #5 
     - Hezbollah is raining missiles on on the Israel civilian population.  Poppyseedman   Jul-15-06 10:54 PM   #9 
     - in response to israeli aggression, of course what did you expect?  otokogi   Jul-15-06 10:57 PM   #10 
     - Lebanon, Sir, Is A Civil War Disguised As A Country Already  The Magistrate   Jul-15-06 10:58 PM   #11 
        - civil wars only occur in countries, sir  otokogi   Jul-15-06 11:04 PM   #13 
           - Are You At All Familiar With The History And Make-Up Of the Place, Sir?  The Magistrate   Jul-15-06 11:07 PM   #15 
              - are you, sir?  otokogi   Jul-15-06 11:15 PM   #17 
                 - Familiar Enough With It, Sir  The Magistrate   Jul-15-06 11:40 PM   #20 
  - Excellent. Overdue, but it would be a very good move. nt  impeachdubya   Jul-15-06 10:44 PM   #4 
  - Maybe Israel would be inclined to stop the shelling if he did  cynatnite   Jul-15-06 10:46 PM   #6 
  - They should stop the shelling on good faith  shadowknows69   Jul-15-06 10:53 PM   #8 
  - Hope it works, but  Yupster   Jul-15-06 10:52 PM   #7 
  - A detail about Cambodia and the "Khmer Rouge"  ConsAreLiars   Jul-15-06 11:42 PM   #21 
  - This would justify Israel's actions  cigsandcoffee   Jul-15-06 11:00 PM   #12 
  - aggression will only increase the support of the resistors of israeli  otokogi   Jul-15-06 11:06 PM   #14 
     - Well, if their aggrerssion succeeds in making Lebanon....  cigsandcoffee   Jul-15-06 11:09 PM   #16 
        - the ends justify the means, ic  otokogi   Jul-15-06 11:16 PM   #18 
  - Yes!  Xap   Jul-15-06 11:36 PM   #19 

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