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Thursday, April 21, 2005
  Keep the big stick handy, as we will be needing it soon
1 - Number One News Resource of Pakistan - The News - Jang Group: "BEIRUT: President George W Bush directly addressed the Arab world late on Tuesday in a television interview, saying the US will keep up the pressure on Syria to get out of Lebanon, end its influence there and stop helping insurgents in Iraq. Bush also said he was pushing for Lebanon’s elections to be held before a May 31 deadline and for the disarming of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrilla group, a force that remains popular in Lebanon.

'The United States can join with the rest of the world, like we’ve done, and say to Syria, get out, not only get out with your military forces, but get out with your intelligence services, too; get completely out of Lebanon, so Lebanon can be free and the people can be free,' Bush said in an 10-minute interview with the Lebanese Broadcasting Corp. television, a satellite station seen around the region and by Lebanese communities worldwide.

The Syrian withdrawal should include people who 'have been embedded in parts of government' to allow Lebanese, 'not another government, not agents of another government' to decide the country’s fate, he said.

Bush’s news appearance comes as Syria’s 29-year domination of Lebanon is being deeply undermined. Syria was nearing the completion of its troop pullout from Lebanon, launched in March under intense international pressure. A senior Lebanese military official said the remaining 1,000 Syrian soldiers, part of a contingent that once numbered about 40,000 would pull out of Lebanon in seven days.

Lebanon also succeeded in forming a government after weeks "
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