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Hezbollah In Beirut Pullback In Face Of Army

From a highly disappointed Associated Press:

Shiite gunmen gesture next to pictures of Lebanese army commander Michel Sleiman in a west Beirut neighourhood.

Lebanese opposition to withdraw gunmen from Beirut streets

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Hezbollah TV says that Hezbollah-led opposition forces will withdraw all their gunmen from Beirut in compliance with an army request.

An opposition statement says the move comes after the army called on gunmen to get off the street and reopen the roads.

But the statement said that a “civil disobedience” campaign will continue until its demands are met

An army statement said that the airport security chief, whose firing precipitated the latest crisis, will be reinstated. The statement also said that Hezbollah’s controversial communications network will be put under army supervision instead of being dismantled. The measures are seen as conciliatory to Hezbollah and meet some of their demands.

The statement came after Prime Minister Fuad Saniora accused Hezbollah of staging an “armed coup” against Lebanese democracy, and called on the army to restore law and order.

In a nationally televised address, Saniora called on the army “to impose security on all, in all areas, deter the gunmen and immediately remove them from the street … to restore normal life.”

“Hezbollah must realize that the force of arms will not intimidate us or make us retreat from our position,” he said in his first comments since the fighting began…

Lebanon’s Cabinet had sought to rein in Hezbollah by ordering the removal of an airport security chief over alleged ties to militants and demanding the dismantling of the movement’s private phone network.

Along with seizing neighborhoods, militants also have shut Lebanon’s airport by barricading the road leading to it. The seaport also was closed…

The Lebanese are only delaying the inevitable.

The statement also said that Hezbollah’s controversial communications network will be put under army supervision instead of being dismantled.

Or even hastening it.

If history has taught us anything, it has taught us that one cannot give in to terrorists.

But obviously history has not taught us anything.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, May 10th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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