Help Lebanon, by saving Israel
Daily Star Editorial
A senior Pentagon official kicked up a storm of suspicion in Lebanon when he told LBC television that the US military wants to build a “strategic partnership” with Lebanon’s army. Eric Edelman, the US undersecretary of defense for policy, rightly pointed out that a stronger Lebanese Army would reduce the need for resistance groups to keep weapons to defend themselves. But citizens of Lebanon are understandably wary of US offers of military assistance, especially since so much of it is coming at the 11th hour, long after Lebanese soldiers’ blood has been spilled by both Israelis in the South and Islamist militants in the North.
A better way – and indeed the most cost-effective way – that the Americans could support Lebanon would be to for them to pressure their Israeli allies into doing the one thing that they have for decades refused to do: respect international law. Continue reading
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