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From:bzarcher
Date:July 28th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
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I don't want to turn this into a huge tiff, but, to be honest...

What were they supposed to do about it? After trying to rebuild from the Syrian occupation / puppet government (who were the ones who invited the Hezzy Boys in), there was very little in the way of armed forces or political capital to throw them out with, particularly since Hezbollah was able to make themselves a part of the ruling body in Parliament.

It's very, very hard to cut out a cancer when it's in your heart and lungs, and your arms don't want to work.

The situation's a bloody mess, and likely to get worse, but it's not as if the Lebanese could have just deported a handful of troublemakers to avoid the situation.
From:magusjosh
Date:July 28th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
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I agree. There's little they could've done on their own. But they were aware of the problem, and they never even asked for help dealing with it.

It's like, you have a computer, you just got rid of some viruses, and you can hear the hard drive clicking. You know there's a problem, but you don't know how to take care of it (or can't) yourself. You take it to a shop and have it fixed.

Lebanon knew they had a problem. They never approached the U.N. for help, they never approached the U.S. for help, they never even approached Israel for help, and Israel offered. Repeatedly. So did the U.N. for that matter.

*shrugs* Bottom line, this didn't have to happen. There were ways it could've been prevented.
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