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Friday, August 11, 2006

Gateways, Anyone?

The other day on Larry King Live, our very own Condi Rice said that Lebanon must disarm Hezbollah to insure a lasting ceasefire in the area. I reckon Lebanon could model their efforts upon the tactics that the U.S. employed in Iraq to disarm the Mahdi Army (al-Sadr's group)...oops, sorry, that isn't "mission accomplished" just yet.

It seems a little disingenuous to ask Lebanon to achieve what the U.S. can't with the might of the U.S. military machine bearing down on the Iraqi baddies. But possibly the Lebanese could make up in ingenuity for what they lack in the sheer weight of materiel or conviction of their Western supporter.

I am thinking, offering the Hezbollah something like a weapons buy-back program a la the U.S. police model--that is, if the NRA won't object. A "butter-for-bullets" type of thing. Maybe a fair trade, such as I heard suggested by many well-meaning liberals at the outset of this whole mess. Perhaps a low-end laptop for an AK. Of course, then you'd have to make sure they didn't turn the technology into a weapon to gain new recruits, and where would you get that sort of spyware? Hmmm...I figure the NSA could have a go at it, what with their training in such things in the Homeland.

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