Posted by: Lister | August 15, 2007

Nahr al-Bared still not over

Fatah al-Islam have threatened to widen the conflict.

It was a familiar routine. Just as the Lebanese army boasted of another “victory” amid the wreckage of the Nahr el-Bared Palestinian camp – its al-Qa’ida-style rebels still holding out against the state authority – one of the Islamists’ spokesmen announced in an audiotape that some of the gunmen had escaped and were planning a “black day” for the government.

[…] A symbol of just how serious the situation has become in Lebanon lies in the statistics. Of the 200 or so people who have died since the camp battle broke out in May, 136 were Lebanese soldiers. That’s only 32 short of the entire British Army death toll in Iraq since the 2003 invasion.

The siege has now put one of Lebanon’s major power stations out of action after the insurgents fired rockets at it. The result is widespread power cuts.

Fisk goes on to talk about Lebanese politics and the next president. “It is Lebanon’s fate to make its politics almost as obscure to itself as to foreigners…”

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