Across the Bay

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Syria Occupying 4.5% of Lebanon

This was first reported yesterday in a piece by Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal. Today it's published in USA Today. "Syria still occupies up to 180 square miles (4.5%) of Lebanon and smuggles arms to militants there."

A similar story was reported in Lebanon by al-Mustaqbal newspaper, regarding Syrian military incursions into Lebanese territory. According to the report, Syrian troops, backed by bulldozers, were fortifying positions "in more than one area" along the Lebanese border, erecting earth mounds and digging "hundreds" of trenches and individual bunkers.

Lebanese newscasts regularly report repeated land theft, harassment, and prevention of farmers from reaching their lands. All this because Syria, which refuses to recognize the sovereignty and independence of Lebanon, refuses also to demarcate its borders with its neighbor.

Syria is therefore in violation of multiple UNSC resolutions, including 1559, 1701 and 1747. This is precisely why it's seeking to bury these UNSC resolutions by killing its way into controlling the executive in Lebanon.