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Feb 2005: Former PM Rafik Hariri
June 2005: Anti-Syria journalist Samir Kassir
June 2005: Ex-Communist leader George Hawi
Dec 2005: Anti-Syria MP Gebran Tueni
Nov 2006: Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel
June 2007 Walid Eido plus His Son and 8 others.
Attempted Assassinations
Oct 2004
: Minister Marwan Hamadi
July 2005: Defense Minister Elias Murr
Sep 2005: LBC's May Chidiac
Sep 2006: Lt. Col. Samir Shehade - investigator in Hariri/4 died
Feb 2006: Ein Alaq Bombing - 3 Died, 20 Injured. 1st Bombing directed at and killed Lebanese Civilians Since the Syrians did indiscriminate bombings of East Beirut 1989 - which saw 1,000 deaths.     May 20, 2007 - Fatah Al-Islam "Syrian Funded, Sponsored and Planted Terror Group" Invades Lebanese Army Barracks and Massacres 27 Lebanese Solders during their Sleep.
May 20 2007 - Syria unleashes Terror War on Lebanon in response to UN Tribunal, 38 Dead.  
May 20 2007 - ABC Mall Bombing in Ashrafiyeh - one innocent civilian dies.
 
Intimidation Lebanon
1 Marwan Hamadeh
2 Rafiq Hariri
3 New Jdeideh
4 Kaslik
5 Sad el-Bouchrieh
6 Broummana
7 Jounieh
8 Samir Kassir
9 George Hawi
10 Elias Murr
11 Monot bombing
12 Zalka bombing
13 Jeitawi bombing
14 May Chidiac
15 Gebran Tueni
16 Khaldeh
17 Lt. Col. Samir Shehade
18 Mazboud
19 Kuwaiti Info office
20 Pierre Gemayel
21 Michel Pharoan  
22 Ein Alaq 2/13
23 ABC Mall 5/21
24 Verdun 5/22
25 Aley 5/23              26 Barbir 5/27 27 Zahle Serail 5/28 28 MarMkhael5/30                           29 ThawraMosque 6/2 30 MarTakla Ch 6/4 31 Zouk Mousbeh 6/7 32 Gren E.Beirut 6/7   33 Gren DahrWahesh  34 Gren NDU Koura6/7 35 ExCars BarElias 6/7

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1. Implement UNSC Chapter 7 Resolution - where UNIFIL and the Lebanese Army Deploy Throughout Lebanon To Protect the Civil Society.

2. Continue International Tribunal to Find the Truth about all the Assassinations in Lebanon and Try the Suspects.

3. Deploy Along Syrian Border - Cutoff All Illegal Arms coming into the Country.

4. Start a program of - Turn in your Weapons to the Lebanese Army - where ALL Militias begin to Disarm

5. Once All Parties are Disarmed Begin Dialogue Discussions Amongst Party Leaders.

6. Remove Anyone From Office that Refuses to Carry Out The Responsibility of that Office.

7. Remove the Syrian Imposed Year2000 Election Districts - go back to local districts as opposed to province districts - in preperation for New Elections.

8. Presidency

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Hizballah at War: A Military Assessment
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Preliminary "Lessons" of the Israeli-Hezbollah War
Author: Anthony H. Cordesman
Date of Publication: September 11, 2006

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HOW HEZBOLLAH DEFEATED ISRAEL
PART 1: Winning the intelligence war
PART 2: Winning the ground war
PART 3: The political war

By Alastair Crooke and Mark Perry

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Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch on WALID PHARES!

The rise of militant Islam both fascinates and terrifies Murdoch. He told me that he had been reading “Future Jihad,” a book by Walid Phares, an American political scientist of Lebanese descent, who warns that foreign jihadis and their American sympathizers are almost certainly mobilizing inside the United States. “These people intend to change civilization, and they are prepared to take a hundred years to do it,” Murdoch said. “We keep having to speak politically correctly about it, saying Muslims are wonderful, it’s just a tiny minority. They are not all terrorists, of course, but the frightening thing is that it is the children of those good original immigrants who are being brainwashed in big numbers.”

Murdoch takes a hard line on Iran, too: he supports the idea of threatening military strikes to prevent the Ahmadinejad regime from acquiring enriched nuclear material. “There are no easy solutions,” he said. “We can’t invade the place, so it’s a matter of bombing and probably killing an awful lot of people. If you could really end the nuclear program for good, you might be forced to do that. It would be a lesson to other countries.”

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Dr. Walid Phares testified Sept 20, 06 before a subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, at a hearing titled, "The Homeland Security Implications of Radicalization.” The hearing was at 1 pm ET in room 2212, Rayburn House Building. [Testimony]

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Dr. Walid Phares: Iran Poised to Be 'Mother of All World Threats'

Congressional Terrorism-Related Hearings Include Testimony by Walid Phares

By Andrew Cochran

This week's open terrorism-related hearings in the the U.S. Congress include a hearing of the U.S. House International Relations Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation on the subject, "Gauging Islamist Terrorism."Walid Phares will testify at that hearing on Thursday, September 7th, at 2 pm in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Details of the other open terrorism-related hearings are as follows:

September 6, 2006
House Judiciary Committee
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Update
Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on "Legislative Proposals to Update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) (H.R.4976, H.R.5223, H.R.5371, H.R.5825, S.2453, and S.2455)."
Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. 1 p.m.

September 8, 2006
House Government Reform Committee
9/11 Public Health and Safety
National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations field hearing on federally funded programs that register, screen, monitor and treat individuals who were in the vicinity of the World Trade Center (WTC) following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Location: District Council 37, 125 Barclay St., auditorium, New York City, 10:30 a.m.

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Aug 11, 2006 "As soon as a cease-fire occurs, the 'Hezbollah Blitzkrieg' will crumble the 'Lebanese Republic of Weimar' and install its own 'Khumeinist Republic' on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean. The consequences of such a development are far beyond imagination for the region and the world. Hezbollah would have paved the way for Iran to create the mother of all world threats since Hitler."

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CALL THE ENEMY BY THE NAME IT CALLS ITSELF

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Walid Phares
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The organized campaign against the use by government of the term "Islamic fascists" is an indication that the War of Ideas is raging in the center of the War on Terror. In this clash of words and ideas, it is the education of the public, as well as the identity of those who do the educating, that will make a difference. The less informed Americans are about the enemy's ideology, the more Islamist pressure groups can attack the president, congressional and world leaders on rhetoric, blurring the public mobilization.

The term used by the president -- "Islamic fascists" -- when referring to the al-Qaida plotters in London, triggered a wave of negative reactions by Islamist lobbies, but also by moderate Muslim groups worldwide. The president most likely meant "Islamo-fascists" when he was attempting to expose the radicals. But Islamist lobbies were quick to "interpret" it as implying that "Muslims are fascists" -- an assumption which would necessarily elicit strong negative feelings from the Muslim community, moderates included. [ Link ]

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Interviews
Aug 13, 2006

Phares in al Muharer:"Cedars Revolution was betrayed by its own politicians

Phares in al Muharer:"Cedars Revolution was betrayed by its own politicians who failed to proceed with political change: Despite an overwhelming mandate by one and a million people on March 14, 2005, the political representatives of the masses stopped short of removing the pro-Syrian President, brought back the pro-Syrian speaker of the Parliament, brought Hezbollah into the Government, and wasted precious time in photo ops with Hassan Nasrallah, while Hezbollah was preparing for a war to suppress the Revolution and crumble the Government."
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Aug 9, 2006

Dr. Walid Phares Interview

'The jihadists are a fascist movement'

Published: Monday 7th August 2006
First published in The Business

Walid Phares, the brilliant scholar of terrorism, lived through the worst of times in Lebanon,

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Welcome to the Cedar's Revolution Website

The Cedar's Revolution stands for Horriyeh, Siyadeh, Istiqlal (Freedom, Sovereignty, Independence), and Haqiqa, Horriyeh, Wahdeh wataniyeh (Truth, Freedom, National unity) for all Lebanese, not based on race, color, creed, religion, national heritage, sex, age, or disability - Truely A Lebanon for ALL LEBANESE.

This site will not rest till Lebanon see's Horriyeh, Siyadeh, Istiqlal (Freedom, Sovereignty, Independence)

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 Tuesday June 26, 2007

- Press Release - UNIFIL Attacked, Spanish Killed 

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Spain's crown Prince Felipe salutes next to Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero as the bodies of six U.N. peacekeepers slain in a car bombing in Lebanon last Sunday, arrive at the Torrejon military airbase just outside of Madrid in the early hours of Tuesday June 26, 2007. The six members of the 1,100-strong U.N. contingent, including three Colombians, were killed when the bomb struck their armored personnel carrier Sunday on the main road between the towns of Marjayoun and Khiam, a few miles north of the Israeli town of Metulla. Two others were seriously wounded. There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack, but the majority anti-Syrian coalition in Lebanon's Parliament blamed Damascus, despite Syria's condemnation of the violence. (AP Photo/Paul White)

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Spain's Prince Felipe (R) kneels to console family members of Johnattan Galea Garcia, one of six Spanish soldiers who were killed by a car bomb in Lebanon, at the military airport of Torrejon outside Madrid as their bodies were flown home to Spain early June 26, 2007. REUTERS/Alberto Martin/Pool (SPAIN)

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Spanish UN peacekeeping soldiers carry 25 June the coffins of their colleagues who were killed in a car bomb blast in southern Lebanon. The bodies of the six soldiers serving with Spanish UN forces killed in a Sunday bombing in Lebanon arrived back in Spain in the early hours of Tuesday to a sombre reception at Torrejon airbase outside Madrid(AFP/Joseph Barrak)

 Monday June 25, 2007

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U.N. peacekeepers inspect a vehicle hit by an explosion in Khiyam village in south Lebanon June 24, 2007. (Ali Hashisho/Reuters)

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Map locating the UNIFIL deployment zone in southern Lebanon where six UN peacekeepers were killed by a car bomb.(AFP graphic)

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A U.N. peacekeeper watches as a damaged U.N. Spanish vehicle is removed from the area of an explosion in Khiyam village, southern Lebanon, June 25, 2007. U.N. peacekeepers will pursue their mission in south Lebanon despite a car bomb attack that killed six members of a Spanish battalion, the UNIFIL force's commander said on Monday. REUTERS/Karamallah Daher (LEBANON)

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Lebanese soldiers stand guard as a damaged Spanish U.N. vehicle is removed from the area of an explosion in Khiyam village in south Lebanon June 25, 2007. U.N. peacekeepers will pursue their mission in south Lebanon despite a car bomb attack that killed six members of a Spanish battalion, the UNIFIL force's commander said on Monday. REUTERS/Karamallah Daher (LEBANON)

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U.N. peacekeepers inspect a vehicle hit by an explosion on Sunday, in Khiyam village in south Lebanon June 25, 2007. (Karamallah Daher/Reuters)

 

 The Lebanese army has halted its operations against Fatah al-Islam militants in the refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared, but will continue besieging them until they surrender, Defense Minister Elias Murr said on Thursday.
"The military operations in Nahr al-Bared camp have ended, but the camp will remain encircled until the total surrender of Fatah al-Islam," Murr told LBCI TV’s Kalam al-Nass talk show.
Arab League Secretary General Arab Moussa held lengthy midnight talks with Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah that were followed by a separate meeting with MP Saad Hariri at daybreak Friday.

Lebanon, Gaza, the Broader Syro-Iranian Offensive
Walid Phares

The latest dramatic military and terror events in Gaza and Lebanon can be viewed from a regional geopolitical perspective: A Syro-Iranian axis offensive on its (their) primarily western front stretching along the Mediterranean coast.

In previous analyses I have argued that the Tehran-Damascus axis is involved in a regional campaign to seize as much physical terrain and score as many victories across the Middle East in order to consolidate their strategic posture before 2008; the year they believe Americans will limit – perhaps diminish — their moves because of the U.S. presidential campaign season.

Iran's and Syria's offensives have been well-coordinated on battlefields across the Levant since last January, with a clear escalation since early spring.

Following are the main fronts:

Eastern Front: There have been multiple reports and much evidence of arming and supplying neo-Taliban and other Jihadi forces in Afghanistan in order that they may engage U.S.-led NATO forces and provoke chaos across the country.

Central Front: The axis has intensified its actions against U.S. and coalition forces, as wells as Iraqi civilians in an attempt to create more sectarian tension, with the greater objective of disrupting “surge” operations in particular, and generally eroding U.S. and allied efforts in Iraq.

Western Front: The axis has unleashed two blitzkrieg-like offensives — one on the upper western front (Lebanon). The other within the lower western front (Gaza).

1. In Lebanon, the Tehran-Damascus axis has had as its goals to crumble the Seniora Government, cripple the Lebanese Army, and crush the Cedars Revolution. To accomplish these, two approaches have been taken:
 
a) Terrorism: The assassination of MP Walid Eido in Beirut, other bombing attacks including car-bombs targeting and killing civilians.

b) Fatah al Islam attacks against the Lebanese Army in Nahr al bared and Tripoli in the north.

In Lebanon, the axis is expected to launch more terror attacks. We are looking at all Syro-Iranian assets in Lebanon, monitoring which ones will be deployed to battle next, and when.

2. The axis has also been involved in Gaza where they surprised observers with their decision to throw Hamas fully against Fatah and the PA in the enclave. The plan to seize control of Gaza was projected a long time ago. But the timing was at the discretion of the Syro-Iranian war room, which funds and strategically controls Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

The heavy fighting in Gaza represents an important decision made by the regional masters: The acceleration of the axis offensive so that by the end of summer, four battlefields will be fully ignited against the U.S., its allies and regional democracies: Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and Gaza (Palestinian territories). But just as important is the fact that an entire Taliban-like zone has been established on the eastern Mediterranean under Hamas control and with Syro-Iranian backing. Our expectations are that, short of a large-scale counter-operation aimed at dislodging the "coup" in the enclave, the area will become a massive terror base of operations.

In the final analysis, the axis' offensive on their western front is peaking. The immediate goal of the axis is to protect the Syrian regime’s western (Lebanon) flank and southern (Israel) flank.

Thrusting in Lebanon and spreading chaos, also would potentially shield Bashar al Assad from the upcoming UN investigation into the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri (and others).

Seizing Gaza would, in their estimation, curtail U.S. efforts in Iraq, and pressure Israel away from Syria and Hezbollah. The Jihadi strategic mind is in its full offensive mode in the region.

Dr Walid Phares is the Director of the Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and the author of The War of Ideas

 Thursday June 21, 2007

A meeting grouping Lebanese leaders scheduled to be held in Paris next week could take place in mid-July, the French foreign ministry said Thursday.Naharnet

A third US carrier, the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise Strike Group is speeding towards the Persian Gulf
June 21, 2007

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (aircraft carrier)   

The USS Enterprise CVN 65-Big E Strike Group, the US Navy’s largest air carrier, will join the USS Stennis and the USS Nimitz carriers, building up the largest sea, air, marine concentration the United States has ever deployed opposite Iran.

This goes towards making good on the assurances of four carriers US Vice President Dick Cheney offered the Gulf and Middle East nations during his May tour of the region.

Washington is considering deploying the fourth US carrier for the region in the Red Sea opposite Saudi Arabian western coast to secure the three US carriers in the Gulf from the rear as well as the Gulf of Aqaba and Suez Canal.

From Debkafile

According to DEBKAfile’s military sources, the US naval build-up off the shores of Iran marks rising military tensions in the region, accentuated by last week’s Hamas victory which has endowed Iran with a military foothold on Israel’s southwestern border.

The USS Enterprise CVN 65-Big E Strike Group, the US Navy’s largest air carrier, will join the USS Stennis and the USS Nimitz carriers, building up the largest sea, air, marine concentration the United States has ever deployed opposite Iran. This goes towards making good on the assurances of four carriers US Vice President Dick Cheney offered the Gulf and Middle East nations during his May tour of the region.

The “Big E” leads a strike group consisting of the guided-missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke DDG 51, USS Stout DDG 55, Forrest Sherman DDG 98 and USS James E. Williams DDG 95, as well as the guided missile cruiser USS Gettysburg CG 64, the SS Philadelphia SSN 690 nuclear submarine and the USNS Supply T-AOE 6>

On its decks are the Carrier Air Wing CVW 1, whose pilots fought combat missions in the Gulf and Arabian Sea during 2006. The Air Wing is made up of F/Q-18 Super Hornet strike craft, the Sidewinders Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-86, the 251st Marine Fighter Attack Squadron MFA, and the Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ 137.

The 32nd Sea Control Squadron VS consists of S-3B Vikings. The Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAQ 3 flies E-2C Hawkeye craft. The Fleet Logistics Support Squadron VRC is based on C-2A Greyhounds.

DEBKAfile’s military sources report Washington is considering deploying the fourth US carrier for the region in the Red Sea opposite Saudi Arabian western coast to secure the three US carriers in the Gulf from the rear as well as the Gulf of Aqaba and Suez Canal.

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Rice to discuss Lebanese crisis during Paris visit

US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice will head for the French capital Monday to discuss the situation in Lebanon "thoroughly," An-Nahar newspaper reported Wednesday.
 
Discussions will also focus on ways to deal with Iran, in terms of its nuclear program and its regional role, particularly its influence in Lebanon because of its strong relationship with Hizbullah," the report added.
A number of Lebanese leaders are also due to visit Paris before the end of the month regarding the initiative put forward by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner to rebuild trust between Lebanon's rival political factions, the Central News Agency (CNA) said Tuesday.

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Abbas accuses Damascus-based Hamas’ Khaled Meshaal of complicity in a plot to assassinate him. Hamas hurls counter-charge
June 20, 2007, 9:08 PM (GMT+02:00)

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In a televised speech Wednesday, Abbas referred to the planting last month of 250 kg of explosives in a tunnel under a road traveled by his convoy. He said he had sent to every Arab government video tapes of Hamas operatives filmed in the act. The Palestinian leader ruled out dialogue with the “murderous” Hamas movement and cancelled their passports and citizenship.

Hamas spread word in Gaza claiming to possess secret documents allegedly showing Fatah officers whom Israeli intelligence was said to have sent for training in Pakistan as cover for missions to bring back photographs of Pakistan’s nuclear facilities. Debkafile
 
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Kommersant - Russian Mig-31E to Syria with Iranian Money

PRAVDA - Russia to sell large batch of jets to Syria on Iran’s money

UN - Security Council Video Briefing - Lebanon

UN - Spokesperson’s Noon Briefing Questions and Answers

UN - Security Council Statement to investigate murder of Walid Eido

UN - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING 18 June 2007

UN - SG STRONGLY DEPLORES ROCKET ATTACK ON ISRAEL

UN - SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON LEBANON

Levant Watch BULLETIN No.197 - Levant News

Elias Bejjani Syria, Iran behind firing rockets on Israel

Lebanon: Syria’s opponents remain targets

Walid Phares Syro-Iranian massacre of politicians in Lebanon

Elias Bejjani No peace w/o international forces along borders

Standing up to killers: Syria must answer for its murders

MEMRI - Saudi columnist in scathing criticism of Hezbollah and Syria

Syrian and Iranian Generals in Intensive War Consultations

Recent killings of top Lebanese figures

Profile: The Late Beirut MP Walid Eido

UN Security Council statement condemns Beirut terrorist attack

Statement by Sec Condoleezza Rice - Assassination of Walid Eido

Moscow Releases Nuclear Fuel for Iran’s Bushehr Reactor

UN Security Council Meeting - 1559

Levant Watch BULLETIN No.196 - Levant News

 

 

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In Memory

“The beginning of the end will come if we are divided upon ourselves. We should overstep all petty considerations. The enemy’s only weapon consists in breaking our ranks and pitting us against each other... Let us rise above selfishness and partisan politics, and be one single united party, the party of Lebanon.” Bachir Gemayel 

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WCCR's THE LIST

1. Strong Supporters of Democracy/Calling for implemention of UN 1701 / Democracy in Lebanon Without Ploys

Walid Jumblatt
Samir Geagea

2. Strong Supporters of Democracy/Issue of National Unity stalling the implementation of 1559/1701, which will undermine and destabilize current Government

Foaud Siniora
Saad Hariri

3. Questions of Allegiance to Lebanon/Pursuing Ploys aimed at Toppling current Government

Nabih Berri
Michel Aoun
Hassan Nasrallah

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Special Report 

Hezbollah's offensive in Lebanon has begun
 
Walid Phares

World Defense Review. Novewmber 13, 2006
According to sources and contacts as well as statements made in Lebanon over the past few weeks  all analysis indicates that Hezbollah is on the verge of an all out offensive in Lebanon to crumble the "March 14" Seniora Government and to seize strategic control in the country.

Following are few points deserving attention (a more comprehensive analysis will follow later):

1. As predicted since July 12, (and posted on the Counterterrorism Blog), the aim of Hezbollah's summer war with Israel, was to provoke a "strike-back" at the Lebanese Government and reshape the balance of power in Lebanon to the advantage of the Teheran-Damascus axis. Nasrallah and his allies across the sectarian divide aimed at shifting the issue of disarming Hezbollah and militias (according to UNSCR 1559) to crumbling the government, which is supposed to implement this disarming process.

2. By mid-October, Hezbollah and its pro-Syrian allies had begun a political counter offensive aiming at "enlarging" the Seniora cabinet, as a way to paralyzing it further from the inside. The political discussions took longer than anticipated by Hezbollah. Hence, a decision was made in Tehran (and subsequently in Damascus ) to move forward.

3. The perceived results of the midterm elections in the U.S. were read as positive by Tehran and its allies, in the sense that it froze vigorous reactions by the U.S. against any Iranian-Syrian move in Lebanon via Hezbollah. The feelings in Tehran and Damascus, have been that if in the next weeks and months a "thrust" takes place in Lebanon to the advantage of the pro-Syrian camp, Washington will be in no position to react or counter. Ahmedinijad and Assad believe (or have been advised to believe) that "lobbies" are moving in Washington and Brussels to restrain any strong deterrence by the U.S. against the "axis." The theory is that the Bush Administration is too busy "negotiating" with the new leadership in Congress to "dare" a mass move in the Middle East. The analysis also predicts that strong lobbies within the Democratic Party are now positioned to block any serious response to a change in geopolitics in Lebanon. It is believed that the window of opportunity won't be too long before the Administration and the upcoming Congress "understands" the Tehran-Damascus maneuver and create a unified response. Thus, the expectation is that Hezbollah and its allies were told to achieve their goals before the end of the year, and before the new Congress begin business on the Hill.

4. Hezbollah has mobilized its forces from all over the country to position them in the capital and eventually use them in moves in Beirut, the central and southern part of Mount Lebanon, where most government institutions are located. Nasrallah can also bring into "battle" the supporters of General Michel Aoun, the Syrian National-Socialists, the Baathists, and the pro-Syrian Sunni militias, the Islamic Fundamentalists paid by Syria, the Palestinian radicals and the security agencies still under the influence of Syria. This "huge" army can  technically defeat the thin internal security forces of the government. The Lebanese Army is an unknown factor, with Hezbollah supporters in control of the military regions in the south, the Bekaa, southern suburbs and other positions. In short, the "axis army" is ready to engage in battle in Lebanon. The issue is when, how, and with what outcome.

5. The projected scenario is as follows: Hezbollah and Amal movement ministers will resign from the Government calling for the resignation of the Government. The next move is to have Hezbollah, Amal, and their allies in the Parliament also resign, thus creating "conditions" for what they will coin as new elections and a collapse of the cabinet. Most of these moves have already been accomplished or are on the eve of being implemented. The pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud will declare the Government and the Parliament as "illegitimate," and call for early legislative elections. The latter, if they take place will be under the smashing influence of Hezbollah's weapons (a show of force was performed in the summer) and of the cohorts of militias and security agencies. Result: a pro-Syrian-Iranian majority in parliament, followed by the formation of an "axis" government in Lebanon. The rest is easy to predict: A terrorism victory.

The question today is, how to stop this from happening? While it is very late in the process, the United States must respond in a strong bipartisan way, the Security Council should move immediately to chapter 7, and the Cedars Revolution to take the streets again. Short of these developments, the worse is to be feared on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean soon.

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Dr. Phares is a visiting fellow with the European Foundation for Democracy in Brussels and a senior fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C. His most recent book is Future Jihad, and he was the author of the memo that introduced UNSCR 1559 in 2004.
 
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Walid Phares on Robert Rabil's new book  

Syria, the United States, And the War on Terror in the Middle East

Praeger Security International General Interest, March 2006. From the publishers introduction of Dr Robert Rabil's book
 

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Recent events have put the spotlight on Syria's policies and actions. After the assassination of a Lebanese politician, protests in Lebanon led to the withdrawal of Syrian troops. While the withdrawal averted an immediate threat of bloodshed, the Bush administration accused Syria of being a source of instability in the Middle East, with Secretary of State Rice charging that Syria was still active in Lebanon and was supporting foreign terrorists fueling the insurgency in Iraq. The U.S.-Syrian relationship is of critical importance to the United States' efforts to promote democracy throughout the Middle East. At the same time, the United States has been pressuring Syria to clamp down on terrorism within its own borders. Rabil provides a history of the modern U.S.-Syrian relationship, putting the latest events in the context of this contemporary history, and placing the relationship in the context of Middle Eastern politics.

 
Professor Walid Phares wrote the following introduction
 
This full analysis [ HERE