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In an emotional televised speech, Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora called on the
United Nations to broker an immediate cease-fire to end Israel's land, sea and air offensive against Lebanon.
He also pledged to reassert government authority all over Lebanese territory — suggesting the possibility of deploying the Lebanese army in the south, which Hezbollah effectively controls. That would meet a repeated U.N. and U.S. demand.
This is not going to happen anytime soon
it is probably just a way for Lebanon to reinforce there offensive mark on Israel
In 2002, the Syrian army has roughly 215,000 soldiers. The generall readiness and effectiveness of the Syrian Army is fairly low despite the generally good readiness of its special forces, roughly two armored divisions, one mechanized division and the Republican Guard division. Syria has a significant quantity of armor numbering some 4,700 tanks, though 1,200 are placed in static defensive positions and another 2,000 are T-55s and T-62s. Syria does however have some 1,700 T-72/72Ms.
Syria's artillery capability is significant, as it is armed with 122mm Type 2S1s and 152mm 2S3s. Its towed artillery is comprised mostly of 122mm, 130mm and 152mm weapons. Its multiple rocket launcher inventory consists of Type 63 107mm and BM-21 122mms. According to Anthony Cordesman Syria relies principally on static massed fires and is unable to rapidly shift fires. Accuracy beyond line of site is also lacking as their ability to maneuver and exploit counterbattery radars and targeting systems.
2. Not all people from the middle east are arabs - take for example the turks or the persians (iranians) or the jews for that matter. (people from the middle east are known as semites).
'arabs' refers to a large number (some 250 million) of people inhabiting most of the middle east and north africa that speak Arabic as a language, share similar customs, cuisines and lifestyles, and a more or less common history.
There are arabs of many different races, from black arabs in some of the north african countries to blond haired blue eyed arabs on the mediterranean to the stereotypical tanned/dark featured arab, therefore 'race' is not really a defining factor in terming someone an arab.
Also the term 'Arab' should not be confused with the term 'muslim' as not all muslims are arabs and equally not all arabs are muslims (there are christian arabs and even jewish arabs).
Shame on some of the small-minded ignorant users of this page for the highly malicious, prejudicial and ill-informed views they hold.
The Arabs are a nation bound together by a shared history and culture.
Originally posted by ragster
The syrian army might be at all ready for right now but they are a strong force in there hearts, the arab blood is strong with them and they will stand to fight no matter what, in any event other countries will back them up and for that it is a strong army.
Originally posted by ThePieMaN
I had heard that the US vetoed the UN cease fire request. Anyone see any concrete links for this to confirm? Thats just horrible if its true.
Originally posted by maloy
Double Standards- US got pretty damn mad that China and Russia didn't accept its resolution against NK in the UN. However when a real problem effects the world- it is the US in the way of progress.