posted on Mar, 8 2005 @ 09:58 AM
Ummmm, they're just pulling back to their strategic stronghold in the Bekka Valley. They're still occupying.
Also, they've made no mention about demilitarizing Hizbullah--which is essentially a Syrian/Iranian controlled military force. So as long as
Hizbullah is armed, Syria has not withdrawn. They've made no mention of withdrawing Iraninan "advisors", so as long as Iranian troops are in
Lebanon, they haven't withdrawn. They have made no mention of pulling out their paramilitaries, secret police, and spies from Lebanon, so, in fact,
they are still occupying Lebanon. They've made no mentions of having open elections and removing their appointed lackeys from office, so, in fact,
they still occupy Lebanon.
Until Assad makes a clear move to do all of the above, no, they haven't been disuaded by the force of diplomacy. Moving troops into the terrorist
training, drug dealing hotbed of Bekka Valley hardly constitutes a withdrawl. By the way, in his most recent talk to Arab media, Assad made no
mention of an actual withdrawl of troops--just redployment. And he was quite ambivalent about conceding anything else, nor agreeing to anything else
or any deadlines.
You very rarely get anything from dictators just by asking nicely.