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Old 02-28-2005, 01:18 PM   #1
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Lebanese Government Resigns

apositive action, it may end in free and fair elections and the pullout of Syrian troops - another step in a long battle. Power to the people!

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Lebanon's Prime Minister Says His Government Resigns

Mon Feb 28,11:59 AM ET
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Syrian-backed Prime Minister Omar Karami, under popular pressure after the assassination of an ex-prime minister, said Monday his government was resigning

"Out of concern that the government does not become an obstacle to the good of the country, I announce the resignation of the government I had the honor to lead," Karami told parliament in Beirut.
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Old 02-28-2005, 01:21 PM   #2
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I saw this. Let's hope it ends up being a good thing
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Let's hope it ends up being a good thing
i agree


should be a good thing
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first in the ukraine, and now this---it seems that peaceful demonstrations and global pressure *can* achieve results in some situations. I hope this ends up being a step towards free/fair elections.
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I agree, this, as well as the recent events in Ukraine, show that peaceful protests and global pressure can achieve results. I hope this results in more peace, democracy and stability in that troubled part of the world.
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It shows that diplomacy can work, as long as Bush doesn't spend all his time in the UN undermining it (i.e., demanding weapons inspectors, then saying that they're not doing it fast enough).

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Or, Bush's influence in the Middle East will accelerate free democracies...
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Or, Bush's influence in the Middle East will accelerate free democracies...
I agree with more hard-handed approach to diplomacy. We do need to be a bit aggressive when talking to nations.

I didn't agree with his approach to Iraq. I thought it was a reprehensible mess. On that note, I wish Iraq the best in its recovery.

I think the hard-handed approach to diplomacy came out of lessons learned from the mess that was Iraq.

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Or, Bush's influence in the Middle East will accelerate free democracies...
influence? or occupation?
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Old 02-28-2005, 03:43 PM   #10
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This is most cool indeed. Last summe I wrote a paper on "people power revolutions" (ie, Ukraine, Serbia, etc). Looks like I have another chapter to write. Here's hoping they can take the next step to good governance.

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Good news indeed.

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Peaceful protests?!? Diplomacy??!?

Sure, those factors played some part in this, but an assassination was what ultimately got the ball rolling! It's heartening that the public responded the way it did, but what a price to pay for a moment's unity.

Of course, hopefully that dynamic will continue, but that remains to be seen. It would be easier to be optimistic if this really were the culmination of months or years of diplomacy and peaceful demonstrations, but it's not.
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Now if Ariel Sharon would only resign, I'd say it was working. Pro-Israel I have always been, but I despise this man. He, Bush and Putin all took power using illegal means, and all are guilty of moral crimes. Or supporting them. The Unholy Truimvirate. Sharon, though, holds the unique distinction of being the only Israeli politician convicted in a Jewish court of indirectly massacering people, and he was barred from politics for a decade. You know, it would take a lot for the Knesset to do that, to one of its own.
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He, Bush and Putin all took power using illegal means, and all are guilty of moral crimes. Or supporting them
Can we put the 2000 election to rest please?

You make some points worthy of argument but the comment about Bush "taking power using illegal means" makes me want to disregard your entire post
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why? it is true.
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