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Originally posted by subz
Just thinking aloud here: is it feasible that these coup leaders could of orchestrated the Rafiki bombing knowing full well Assads reaction to the pressure would be removing of troops from Lebanon?
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
Assad was the one who ordered the pull out. What are you talking about? Chances are his replacement will want troops to return to Lebanon to prevent and Israeli/American invasion form using Lebanon as a staging point to attack Syria.
The whole reason this coup is happening is because Assad pulled troops out of Lebanon. Get the facts straight dude.
Lebanese view point
Few in Lebanon's already precarious leadership, or the one in Damascus for that matter, had any clue as to what such behavior would lead to: a massive gathering on Monday whose magnitude arguably has not been seen in the Arab world since the days of Egypt's President Gamal Abdel Nasser. But who was it that reacted? Why did they react? What is different about them, and more importantly what do they want?
some additional Lebanese views
The presence of Syrian soldiers and intelligence members (mukhabarat) in Beirut, at Syrian checkpoints and several official departments became daily occurrences for the Lebanese. By the year 2003, approximately 30,000 Syrian troops and 25,000 intelligence members were deployed in Lebanon (that is 1Syrian soldier for every 50 Lebanese). The Lebanese military personnel were forced to attend Syrian academies for their officer training in lieu of the US and West-European academies pre-Syrian occupation. The Syrian occupation forces depended on terrorizing the Lebanese people by searching out, arresting and abducting people for no particular reason; and subjecting them to torture and death. Some were transferred, in contrast with all international laws, to Syrian prisons such as Mazze, Palmyra and Tadmor in addition to the Syrian detention facilities in occupied Lebanon; in Tripoli, Beirut, Shtura and Anjar. Neither were public charges made against the accused, nor were trials held against the detainees. Meanwhile, the Syrian mukhabarat continued monitoring telephone conversations of Lebanese citizens, and recording visits to religious figures such as the Maronite Christians Patriarch, Nasrallah Sfier.
Default!Last week, a federal judge in Detroit ordered the Lebanese government to pay $420 million to American Telecom by default because it said Lebanon failed to respond to the suit.
Originally posted by Nygdan
I had thought it was strange that an atsnn article poped up too, especially considering how preliminary the reports were.
Originally posted by titian
So then this thread should be closed since the only news is that an ATSNN thread was created on dubious sources.