Lebanese Army Heads South
The Lebanese government has reclaimed sovereignty over its southern territory. Or, at least sent in on soldier to plant its flag.
The Lebanese army reached the country’s southern border with Israel for the first time in decades, sending a lone jeep on patrol Friday through Kfar Kila, a battered stronghold of support for Hezbollah militants. The army jeep, flying a large Lebanese flag and carrying just two soldiers in green camouflage, passed by the Fatima Gate a few yards from the border but did not stop. Kfar Kila was the last village where Israeli troops pulled out in 2000 after an 18-year occupation of the south.
On Friday, young men there hung giant yellow banners above intersections, some criticizing U.S. Mideast policy and others reading “The Great Lebanon has defeated the murderers.” Both were signed by Hezbollah.
Presumably, it was merely signed “Hezbollah” rather than signed by Hezbollah. Either way, though, I suspect we haven’t seen the last of them in those parts.