Lebanon wants ties with Syria

Jul 12, 2008 | Posted by: The Associated Press | Full story: The Associated Press

Lebanon's new president said Saturday he wants to establish diplomatic ties with Syria and exchange ambassadors, calling for a major shift in long-hostile relations between the neighbors.

Michel Suleiman spoke before talks in Paris with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar Assad _ and on the eve of a rare summit among leaders of 43 nations from Europe and the Mediterranean rim that France says could send a 'wind of hope' through the region.

'We want an exchange of ambassadors and diplomatic relations with Syria,' Suleiman told reporters at the French presidential palace. He said he was 'satisfied' with relations with Syria and that a visit there is 'still on the agenda.'

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LOL who is Lebanon? Syrian intell has already killed all those who in leadership needed now welcomed thier departure.

HAh! Bull crap story.
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IT IS ALL...politics....tooooo booot!!!...eh...DOUBLE STANDARDs...etc.....
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Jul 12, 2008
 
Sunni Syria ( Arabia) NEVER accepted the 1926-1943 French-mandated split of the land called Lebanon from its mainland. And they aspired to have it back, whether through Nasser's Unionism, Antun Saade's Greater- Syria ideology, Palestinian military and numeric presence... or lately through the power of petro-dollars and swapping of lands with Israel...
Until the 70's, it was the Christian Lebanese who needed to contain Sunnis in Syria, thus needed protection through Syrian recognition of Lebanon...
But post 70's, the era of Alawi father and son Assads, it is the Alawi and the Shi'a who need to recognize Lebanon as a country, because times have changed, and the Sunni threat through Lebanon has to be contained IN Lebanon, and not to spread over Syria...
All along, it was Sunni expansionism. When Sunnis were in power in Syria, Lebanese Christians were threatened. When Sunnis are in power in Lebanon, the petro-dollars are trying to take over Syria through Lebanon, and Alawi Syria itself is threatened...
RESULT ??? Christians, Alawis, the Shi'a, Jews, the Druze... in principle they all face the same threat of expansionism. Alliance is the base for their survival...
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Mark my words : Sunni fundamentalism has spread so much, and is soooo deep-rooted in Lebanon, that yesterday's opponents are in alliance now.
What was Hama and Homs in Syria in the 70's and 80's, is now Tripoli, Saida, Sunni Camps ( i.e. Palestinian) in Lebanon.
In the past, Christian Lebanese needed shielding from Sunni Arab expansionism. Now the Alawis and the Shi'a need that shielding.
If Sunni Lebanese were moderate then ( Solhs, Salams, Wazzans...), it is the era of fundamentalist Sunni "Westernized" Hariris now...
Thus you see alliance of Aounists with Shi'ites, and why not soon with "enemy" Alawis... That's why Alawis were there for Christians in 1976...
Politics for minorities is just THE game for survival...
Lebanese Christians have no choice but to bet on Alawi survival. Borders and recognition with Syria will create a safety buffer zone for Alawis externally, and internally Christians and Shi'as have to keep Sunnis under control...
This is the challenge post- 9/11, at the height of petro-dollar reign...
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Daniel, you seem to have a grip on things, tho I could argue on some points
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Bob Burns wrote:
Daniel, you seem to have a grip on things, tho I could argue on some points
Help me to get better.
My sincere thanks.
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Bob Burns wrote:
Daniel, you seem to have a grip on things, tho I could argue on some points
Looking at the Greater ME, some say it's half-empty, and others see it as half-full...
Some see the Axis Of Power from Iran to Iraq to Syria to Lebanon as an existing Axis Of Evil. Yet, in my opinion, it is an Axis still in the making, which will end up as allies; an Axis in the making, that will counter the expansion of a petro-dollar-rich Sunni fundamentalism...

Can the world afford a Sunni Caliphate, rich in pocket, unified in conviction, fundamentalist in orientation ?? Can Sunni fundamentalism extend from Algeria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Egypt, The Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen...all the way to Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kashmir ?? Can the world run such a risk ??
As an antidote, doesn't Iran- Iraq- Syria - Lebanon... strategically dissolute that risk ??

I believe Western policy of the ME is the type of squeeze-and-release. Squeeze Iran and Syria, bring them into alignment and correction, but never let them die. Strategically, they are needed to counter deeper troubles...
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Jul 15, 2008
 
ROFL, uncontrollably!

ahahahahahahahaheeeeeeeeahahah ahahawheeehawhahahah

Last week they were killing each other!
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A fundamentalistic Caliphate is as fatally flawed/unviable as was communism/socialism. It would collapse of it's own internal contradictions unless it was hermetically sealed off from the world a la NK. In spite of that it has its adherents among the would-be dictators and their dupes. The Wahhabis in SA are in decline. The Turkish influence, strong in the central sector of the Muslim arc, has a positive moderating and modernizing effect. As for Syria, and its supposed "peace" talk, it looks to me as a sop to those who wish to grasp at straws. Illusions for those anxious to be deceived
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Bob Burns wrote:
A fundamentalistic Caliphate is as fatally flawed/unviable as was communism/socialism. It would collapse of it's own internal contradictions unless it was hermetically sealed off from the world a la NK. In spite of that it has its adherents among the would-be dictators and their dupes. The Wahhabis in SA are in decline. The Turkish influence, strong in the central sector of the Muslim arc, has a positive moderating and modernizing effect. As for Syria, and its supposed "peace" talk, it looks to me as a sop to those who wish to grasp at straws. Illusions for those anxious to be deceived
That's open to speculation.

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