Hezbollah ="'Taliban on steroids"

MacKay calls Hezbollah 'Taliban on steroids'White House claims Iran, Syria planning to topple Lebanese governmentMIKE BLANCHFIELD CanWest News Service Thursday, November 02, 2006Calling them the "Taliban on steroids," Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKayyesterday accused Hezbollah, with the backing of Syria and Iran, of plotting tooverthrow the Lebanese government.MacKay's comments echoed an assessment by the White House hours earlier thatsaid there was "mounting evidence" the two countries, which fund and support theLebanese-based militia and political party, were plotting to topple the electedgovernment of Prime Minister Fuad Siniora."That's always a concern. We saw that Hezbollah (is) a terrorist organizationarmed to the teeth. I'm mean they're like the Taliban on steroids," MacKay toldreporters when asked about Washington's assessment. "They're a very dangerousorganization, that we are concerned are still receiving armaments coming intothe country, even with a blockade. The Syrians and the Iranians have been doingso in the past. We're concerned that (it) continues."The White House issued a written statement, without offering any details of itsevidence, that said it was "increasingly concerned" by indications Syria wastrying to topple Siniora to prevent the government from enacting a law toapprove an international tribunal that would send to trial those accused of
\nkilling the popular ex-Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri last year.\n\nSyria is named in a United Nations report of masterminding the death of the\nformer Lebanese leader.\n\nHezbollah has called for a national unity government and threatened public\nprotests to rally support for elections.\n\nWashington and Ottawa have been in virtual lock step in their policy toward the\nIsraeli-Hezbollah conflict since it escalated this summer.\n\nMacKay\'s comments are in keeping with the hard line taken by the Harper\nConservatives against Hezbollah and its unwavering support of Israel since this\nsummer\'s conflict between the two entities.\n\nIsrael attacked Hezbollah positions inside Lebanon after two of its soldiers\nwere kidnapped in July forcing a land, sea and air offensive that lasted more\nthan a month.\n\nA naval blockade remains in place to prevent Hezbollah from rearming.\n\nMacKay\'s comments came after testifying before the Senate foreign affairs\ncommittee about the government\'s efforts to evacuate 15,000 Canadians from\nLebanon during that crisis. MacKay said the government would re-examine the\n29-year-old law governing dual citizenship of Canadians, but made clear that\nmost of that work would be done at the Citizenship and Immigration Department.\n\nHe said nearly 15,000 Canadians were evacuated and disclosed for the first time\nthat 7,000 of those people returned to Lebanon.\n\nOttawa Citizen\n\nC The Gazette (Montreal) 2006\n \n\nCopyright C 2006 CanWest Interactive, a division of CanWest MediaWorks\nPublications, Inc.. All rights reserved.\n \n \n\n\n \n\n \n __._,_.___\n \n \n \n ",1]
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killing the popular ex-Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri last year.Syria is named in a United Nations report of masterminding the death of theformer Lebanese leader.Hezbollah has called for a national unity government and threatened publicprotests to rally support for elections.Washington and Ottawa have been in virtual lock step in their policy toward theIsraeli-Hezbollah conflict since it escalated this summer.MacKay's comments are in keeping with the hard line taken by the HarperConservatives against Hezbollah and its unwavering support of Israel since thissummer's conflict between the two entities.Israel attacked Hezbollah positions inside Lebanon after two of its soldierswere kidnapped in July forcing a land, sea and air offensive that lasted morethan a month.A naval blockade remains in place to prevent Hezbollah from rearming.MacKay's comments came after testifying before the Senate foreign affairscommittee about the government's efforts to evacuate 15,000 Canadians fromLebanon during that crisis. MacKay said the government would re-examine the29-year-old law governing dual citizenship of Canadians, but made clear thatmost of that work would be done at the Citizenship and Immigration Department.He said nearly 15,000 Canadians were evacuated and disclosed for the first timethat 7,000 of those people returned to Lebanon.Ottawa CitizenC The Gazette (Montreal) 2006Copyright C 2006 CanWest Interactive, a division of CanWest MediaWorksPublications, Inc.. All rights reserved.

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