Hezbollah Says Syrian Troops Must Stay in Lebanon
Lebanon’s most powerful party, Hezbollah, says it does not want Syrian troops to withdraw from Lebanon. It has called for a mass rally in central Beirut on Tuesday in support of Damascus and against what it calls Western meddling. “The U.S. and Israel want chaos in Lebanon in order to find an excuse for international intervention,” said Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah secretary general. The Shiite Muslim group says Syria’s pullout under intense global pressure could spell chaos for Lebanon and push it towards peace with Israel.
Meanwhile, Lebanese officials say Syrian troops will start moving toward eastern Lebanon on Monday, in a pullback that will take two or three days.
Someone’s on the wrong side of history here. Methinks it’s Hezbollah.