BY YOUSSEF IBRAHIM
November 24, 2006
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How many more deaths in Lebanon will it take before President Bush decides to put his diplomatic muscle where his mouth is?
On Tuesday, another Lebanese opponent of Syria, Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel, was shot to death in his car, joining a long list of anti-Syrian patriots assassinated, crippled, or severely wounded by hit men in the past three years alone.
Every time it has happened, the American president has come out to repeat a mantra: America stands "squarely" behind the pro-Western Cabinet of Prime Minister Siniora, who is the target of Syrian skullduggery.
But we are way past solidarity here. The Syrians are pretty much in the process of picking off Cabinet ministers of the Siniora government one by one. Their project is to reduce the Cabinet size by one third so as to bring it beneath the legal limit it needs to govern.
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