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Feb 21, 2005 3:51 am


LEBANESE LOOK FORWARD WITH PRIDE AND COURAGE (THEY WILL NEED IT)



If Lebanese had any doubts that their fate will be the same, just read the following:

Hezbollah tells Lebanese to cool anti-Syria line (Click here: Khaleej Times Online )

Syria's black book in Lebanon

Lebanon Is on the Brink AS Syria Begins Arming its Supporters

And yet - Majority back Syrian pullout from Lebanon: Al-Jazeera poll

Over 77 percent of 111,589 participants in the poll answered"yes" to the question:"Do you favor an immediate Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon?" The rest replied"no" to the question, posted since Thursday on www.aljazeera.net.

The website did not identify the participants, either in terms of age range or nationality, but said the results did not express the opinion of Al-Jazeera. Website managing editor Mohammad Daoud told AFP that Aljazeera.net does not usually require identification in the regular opinion polls it conducts on different topics every three days. However, he said the website has a technical"protection system" to try to prevent multiple voting by the same individuals. The Lebanese opposition's demand for the withdrawal of 14,000 Syrian troops has been echoed by hundreds of thousands of people who took part in the funeral of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, who was killed last week in Beirut. The opposition has accused the Lebanese regime and its political masters in Damascus of having a hand in the blast that also killed 14 other people and plunged the country into crisis.

No, I am not surprised. I grew up in Haifa -

These are my neighbors; These are my neighbors

Bush understands. He told reporters that Palestinian democratization will precede Mideast peace. That is just the weapon Abbas needs to keep his fanatics in check.

Europe better beware and not get on their wrong side.

The people of the Middle East no longer wish to live in shame or put up with racist condensation.

Indeed, they are beginning to win the world's respect.

So, despite the price. This has been a good week. Let's cherish it.




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