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July 29, 2006

Hezbollah Willing To Talk Peace?

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Hezbollah "politicians" have apparently agreed to consider a peace package that would include an international force and disarming the militia. However, there's the not-so-little matters of wanting a cease fire first, a prisoner exchange, and Chebaa Farms. If Israel has learned anything during its history of dealing with Islamic terrorists, they'll call this dead on arrival, and hold out for a rock-solid political resolution first, then the cease fire:

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah politicians, while expressing reservations, have joined their critics in the government in agreeing to a peace package that includes strengthening an international force in south Lebanon and disarming the guerrillas, the government said.

The agreement -- reached after a heated six-hour Cabinet meeting -- was the first time that Hezbollah has signed onto a proposal for ending the crisis that includes the deploying of international forces.

The package falls short of American and Israeli demands in that it calls for an immediate cease-fire before working out details of a force and includes other conditions.

European Union officials said Friday the proposals form a basis for an agreement, increasing the pressure on the United States to call for a cease-fire.

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This sounds like a step in the right direction, however it's way too early to look at this as a ray of hope. It seems to me that the rational way to take into account the "pressure on the United States to call for a cease-fire" that the EU officials mention is to consideration the consequences of not coming up with a lasting solution to the crisis as a greater pressure than that of a temporary quick fix via a cease fire before a lasting solution.

More to come tomorow when I'm more awake ...

Posted by Richard at July 29, 2006 1:21 AM

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