Monday, March 07, 2005

Hizbullah and Syria

In response to the Hizbullah-sponsored pre-Syria demonstrations in Lebanon, David Asednik writes: "This all makes me wonder why Assad has been so conciliatory so far. Has he just been biding his time until Hezbollah could demonstrate its support for the Syrian presence?" In reality, Syria hasn't been that conciliatory. He has agreed to withdraw troops to the Bekaa Valley, not to withdraw entirely as the Lebanese opposition and their western supporters demand. Syria is more than capable of stirring the Lebanese pot from there, probably in ways that will allow them to eventually return. What we've seen so far is evidence of little more than a tactical retreat.

UPDATE: Dean Nation's Aziz has thoughts on the media coverage of the Lebanon situation.


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