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07/31/2006

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mark safranski

Hi Kingdaddy,

Thank you for the link. Air power and EBO have their uses but they are in no way a magic bullet and the IDF employing them against Lebanon in order to hurt Hezbollah was simply strange. Why would Nasrallah care if the Maronite mercantile class in Beirut lost its AC or if Sunni villagers were getting blown to bits? Reminded me somewhat of the thinking of the Johnson administration.

Carlos

It also must be remembered that Hezbolla special status is part of the arrangement that stopped the civil war. Shiites are underrepresented in the government but accept it in exchange for semi-autonomous rule and their own army. You can't simply demilitarize Hezbolla without Shiites questioning the political arrangement at some point.

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