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Syria blockades Food to Lebanon

January 22, 2008 @ No Comments

Just like Israel in Gaza, Syria blockades Food to Lebanon
Tuesday, 22 January, 2008 @ 5:01 PM

Beirut – Israeli blockade of fuel and vital supplies to Gaza was condemned worldwide as a new form of Israeli terrorism. Syria today is doing to Lebanon what Israel has done to Gaza.

Lebanese MP Mustafa Hashem compared Israeli arbitrary actions in Gaza to the Syrian embargo on food products and vital supplies to Lebanon using the Lebanese-Syrian border crossings . He called on the Lebanese authorities to take the necessary measures to minimize the effect of the Syrian arbitrary actions on the lives of the Lebanese people and their families.

Just like Israel was forced out of Gaza in 2005 , Syria was forced out of Lebanon in 2005

Just like Israel is constantly trying to impose its own will on the Gazans , Syria is trying to use its allies in Lebanon to make way for a triumphant return to Lebanon.

Just like Israel is using its border crossings to bully the Gazans, Syria has been using its border crossings to bully the Lebanese ever since Lebanon was created as an independent state.

Effective last night , Syria has imposed a blockade of food supplies on Lebanon, the daily An Nahar reported Tuesday.

The report, citing information received by Lebanese authorities, said Syrian customs authorities circulated to all border checkpoints their decision to prevent trucks and vehicles carrying food supplies from crossing Lebanon as of 6 p.m. Monday.

An Nahar said Lebanese authorities had no “explanation to Damascus’ surprise decision,” but hinted that the siege coincided with Monday nights’ protests in Beirut.

Long convoys of cargo trucks queued at the Abboudieh-Dabbousieh northern border crossing between Lebanon and Syria on Jan. 11 after Syrian authorities launched strict inspection procedures.

The crisis worsened the following day with the number of stranded trucks reaching 200 as Syrian security and customs authorities kicked off a campaign of heavy inspection of cargo headed to Syria.

Ali Hussein a local political analyst told Ya Libnan:

This is not the first nor the last time the Syrian regime will use its borders to dictate its relationship with Lebanon

He said you should remember :
This is the regime that dictated the lives of the Lebanese for nearly 3 decades.

This is the same regime that is trying to block the election of a president in Lebanon

This is the regime that forced the birth of the Cedar Revolution, right after the assassination of Lebanon’s former PM Rafik Hariri. The main demand of the Cedar Revolution was for Syria to get out of Lebanon.

This is the same regime that continues to destabilize Lebanon, using its allies such as Hezbollah, Amal, General Aoun .

This is the same regime that was accused of being responsible for assassinating Lebanon’s anti-Syrian leaders starting from MP Kamal Jumblatt in 1977, to General Hajj in 2007.

This is the same regime that created, financed, and trained Fatah al Islam terrorists, and sent them to Lebanon to fight against the Lebanese army.

This is the same regime that has fought and continues to undermine the creation of the international court to try the killers of Hariri and the other leaders of Lebanon.

This is the same regime that continues to illegally smuggle arms into Lebanon to destabilize the country.

This is the same regime that continues to facilitate travel for terrorists from Iraq to cross into Lebanon to destabilize the country.

This is the same regime that refuses to recognize Lebanon as a sovereign and independent state and refuses to demarcate the borders

This is exactly why many Lebanese want UNIFIL forces stationed on the borders between both countries.

This is exactly why many Lebanese are saying, “to hell with Syria and its borders, lets use the sea instead. The Phoenicians used the sea thousands of years ago, why can’t we use it today?”

Sources: Ya Libnan, Naharnet, NNA

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