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Thursday, March 17, 2005 

15000 Christian Lebanese still armed

A Christian militia member in Hanayna, Lebanon has claimed that 15,000 are armed and ready to fight. Overnight he's destroyed the commonly held perception that Hizbollah is the only Lebanese militia still left.

The man, who spoke under condition of anonymity to the BBC, revealed part of their arms cache.

He said they would not kill Lebanese, but would be willing to fight the Palestinians. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians live in Lebanon's refugee camps, and he blamed them for starting the fighting during the Civil War.

In Damascus, meanwhile, reporter Tim Whewell spoke to Ammar Abdulhamid (Damascene rent-a-dissident) and made an interesting revelation. The only reason Ammar can speak freely, he claimed, and the only reason Western journalists can work freely, is because all eyes are on Damascus right now.

Ammar has a very interesting plan for Syrian reform today. He says the French and US should be involved in high level secret diplomacy to sell their plan for Syria. Syria's very own reformer-in-residence Bashar Al-Assad would then announce the plan and be supported in this 'brave move' by Chriac and Bush. Bashar recieves a promise of peace talks with Israel in return (to talk about getting the Occupied Golan Heights back). Bashar emerges as the greatest hero since Saluhadin, free elections are held and Bashar wins a landslide.

Syria develops, and Bush is placated. The American Air Force saves those expensive bombs, and Syrians don't die.

Thumbs up from me! But two reasons this wont happen until 2008: George War Bush, and Syria's old guard.

In other news, Turkey and America have avoided a diplomatic row over Syria. Turkey was the latest victim of American Embassies meddling in domestic affairs of other countries. The Ambassador 'suggested' that Turkey's Foreign Minister shouldn't visit Damascus (wasn't Colin Powell in Syria two years ago?). But he quickly retracted that statement when it became clear that Turkey, unlike most parts of the Middle East, hasn't been colonised yet.

Last year the US Ambassador to Beirut met the opposition and urged that government to carry out his wishes.

I think there's a lot to be said about how 'democratic' the Iraqi elections were. As one American analyst described it, it's a 'neo-colonial democracy'. Have a look at that article, it's very enlightening.

The point about the militias in Lebanon is that Hizbollah ended violence against Lebanese 15 years ago. They have repeatedly said they would not attack another Lebanese. They are only armed to liberate Lebanese land from Israeli occupation. The Christian militia, however, said they would be more than willing to use their arms.

The Syrian presence in Lebanon has kept these militias in check. Who else could have held Jumblatt's forces quiet, or the Shia'a militants, or the Christians.

MR Kerwick,
Your comments are right on the mark. Besides I beleive that Americans also love to fight and just need a reason. I am shure another well thought out attack should drive them right over the edge.Hey if we can just get them to attack China this could all be a mute point.The muslim extremest I believe will suceed in their quest and become marters. What a shame too, such rich cultures with many misterys to the beginings of civilization in the hands of people afraid of womem.
Just my opinions of course

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