Shiite gunmen from the Amal group prepare to attack a building of government supporters during a gunbattle in a seized neighborhood in Beirut. BEIRUT, Lebanon — Shiite Hezbollah gunmen seized nearly all of the Lebanese capital’s Muslim sector from Sunni foes loyal to the U.S.-backed government on Friday following the country’s worst sectarian clashes since the bloody 15-year civil war.
At least 11 people have been killed and more than 20 wounded in three days of street battles and gunfights, security officials said…..About 100 Shiite Hezbollah militants wearing matching camouflage uniforms and carrying assault rifles marched down Hamra Street, a normally vibrant commercial strip in a mainly Sunni area of Beirut. They took up positions in corners and sidewalks and stopped the few cars braving the empty streets to search their trunks. (Fox News)
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Of course, part of the blame for this victory for the forces of terror could be sent toward Hezbollah’s handlers in Iran and Syria. But the terrorist organization would not have had the opportunity to start a Lebanese civil war if it wasn’t for France.
The original U.S.-French sponsored UN resolution to end the Second Lebanese war called for “a full cessation of hostilities” based on “the immediate cessation by Hezbollah of all attacks and the immediate cessation by Israel of all offensive military operations.” The resolution called for disarming of Hezbollah, the immediate return of the kidnapped Israeli Soldiers, and a UNIFIL force that had some teeth to prevent Hezbollah from rebuilding its terrorist army.
As soon as the Arab league protested, France backed down and a much weaker resolution was passed. You have to wonder what the Middle East would look like today if France stood its ground.