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Voices of the Middle East and North Africa - April 13, 2005

Today, April 13th is the anniversary of the day recognized officially as the start of the Lebanese civil war in 1975. After this long and bloody conflict, spotted several times with the illegal Israeli occupation and US assaults and bombings, relative calm came over Lebanon when Lebanese forces were able to defeat the Israeli forces with the help of its neighbor Syria.

But many people fear this relative calm may be over after the assassination of “Mr. Lebanon”, the former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri on February 14th. The assassins chose both their target and the time to cause the most damage to Syria. Although Syria and Rafiq Hariri were engaged in negotiations, it was well known that Hariri stood for the pullout of Syrian troops, invited under an agreement with the Lebanese in the past. At a time when both Israel and the US had escalated their aggression against Syria, the assassination of Hariri was sure to cause a nationalist uproar that could lead to leaving Lebanon defenseless when Syria would be forced to pull out.

In order to shed some light to the political dimensions of this matter Mehmet Bayram spoke with Dr. Naseer Aruri the Chancellor Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He is the author of the book: Dishonest Broker: the US Roles in Israel and Palestine published in 2003. He is also the author of many articles on Middle East like, “Remapping the Middle East-The Politics of Hariri’s Assasination” which appeared in the Counterpunch Magazine’s February 22nd issue and the Middle East International’s March 2nd issue. Melanie Tanielian also helped to produce this show.

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