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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Inaction has consequences


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.

We're hopeful the Israelis and Americans have a plan for how they're going to deal with Prime Minister Hassan Nasrallah. Because what they tried last summer sure didn't work out.


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