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Thursday, March 10, 2005

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Patton

Well, it's sort of like the IRA, in that they're a political party who happen also to be armed.

And, as a proportion of the population, they're bigger than the IRA, and perhaps a bit nastier. The Lebanese, however, consider them a political party, in addition to their other less savory attributes, and from that standpoint, including them can be viewed as purely pragmatic.

On the other hand, so were the Good Friday accords, and those haven't yet been shown to be an unqualified success, although in that case, the IRA seems about to implode from its warrior-like approach. Which ain't all bad, but the same can't be expected of Hizb'allah.

Rob A.

Having slept on it, perhaps the idea is to co-opt Hezbollah in Lebanon so that Syria does finally pull out. That leaves Iran with the pimphand in Lebanon though. So this will all end up being a showdown with Iran.

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Dave Justus

You can't deal with Lebanon and ignore Hezbollah, no matter how much you might want to.

They have to be a part of the politics of the region if you want to create a political alternative to them. There are risks here, and these are not nice people, but you have to work with what you have.

I think that Iran will have less influence than it has in the past though, even in the short term.

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