Saturday, December 09, 2006

U.S. at root of effort to topple Lebanese government

Analysts: U.S. at root of effort to topple Lebanese government
By Tom Lasseter
McClatchy Newspapers

BEIRUT, Lebanon - American political leaders watched with alarm during the past week as the Hezbollah militia laid siege to the U.S.-backed Lebanese government, but few would acknowledge publicly what most analysts and politicians here say is obvious: American policy may bear much of the blame.

Many in Beirut say that U.S. failure to stop Israel's onslaught against Hezbollah last summer crippled the Lebanese government - a U.S. ally - while strengthening Hezbollah - a U.S. enemy. That created an environment in which the Shiite Muslim militia could call for overthrowing Sunni Muslim Prime Minister Fuad Saniora and his Cabinet.

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2 comments:

Carol Gee said...

The U.S. does not always understand that there are consequences for doing too much or too little in the Middle East. I wish our government could find its feet with this stuff. I enjoyed the article; it helped clarify. Thanks. . .

wendy said...

hi margaret. i know this is off subject, but i was wondering if you have seen "an inconvenient truth" yet. if not, would you mind popping over to my blog and pledge to see it on my sidebar?

we really need to get the word out, don't you think?
xoxo
w