أنجلوس تايمز - 26/5/2007
إن قصف المخيم أمر غير مقبول, و
لكن معاقل الإرهابيين ليس لها
الحق في السيادة أيضاً.
unacceptable to shell a refugee camp, but terrorist
havens have no claim to sovereignty either.
IS EXPLODING yet again, this time in a battle between
the Lebanese army and a splinter group of radical
Islamist militants who control a Palestinian refugee
camp near Tripoli. As usual, civilians (in this case,
the refugees who live in the Nahr el Bared camp) are
held hostage to the whims of armed fanatics (in this
case, the Fatah al Islam jihadists who attacked the
Lebanese army). As usual, the fighting may or may not
have been inspired by — but certainly benefits — a
cynical foreign power (in this case, Syria). As usual,
there are no good solutions, and the best that can be
hoped for at the moment is to quell the Islamist
uprising without a bloodbath.
the United States and several Arab nations rush military
aid to Beirut, however, they should make sure the
festering Palestinian refugee problem in Lebanon doesn't
erupt into a new war. The truth is that the 370,000
Palestinians (about 12% of the population) are despised
by most Lebanese, who blame them for the 1975-90 civil
war and see them as a dangerous Sunni fifth column in
their midst. The Palestinians are denied not only
citizenship but the right to own property and even to
work, a formula for radicalization. Last week brought
ugly scenes of Tripoli residents cheering while the army
fired artillery shells into the refugee camp, where
about 40,000 Palestinians lived. As of Friday, the U.N.
estimated that 15,000 people were still in the camp,
where a fragile truce was holding.
is unacceptable for any government to shell a refugee
camp. But it's equally unacceptable for a refugee camp
to become a terrorist enclave — in this case, one
protected by a 1969 Arab agreement that prevents the
Lebanese army from entering. That agreement may be
something of an excuse for the overstretched army, which
may have its own reasons for not wishing to engage in
house-to-house combat with the heavily armed Palestinian
and jihadist fighters, who reportedly hail from Algeria,
Saudi Arabia, Syria and Tunisia.
1969 agreement made a modicum of sense, as it gave the
Palestinian Liberation Organization authority over camps
it already controlled. Now, with the PLO and the camps
splintered among various factions, the agreement is a
dangerous anachronism. Afghanistan and Pakistan have
shown that terrorist states-within-states pose a threat
beyond their borders. Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad
Siniora should inform the Arab League and the United
Nations that he intends to assert control over the camps
— and the West should back him.
it's vital that our Lebanese ally play by the rules. Now
that Washington is stepping up military aid, it has a
responsibility to ensure that civilians are evacuated
before fighting resumes.
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