Update on Lebanon, Hearing Before the Committee on the Middle East and South Asia of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, March 24, 2009 [open pdf - 759KB]
From the opening statement of Gary L. Ackerman: "America's interests in Lebanon can easily be summed up: Sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity. We want Lebanon to be ruled by the Lebanese, for the Lebanese. A pluralistic democracy in landscape mostly occupied by strongmen and tyrants, Lebanon is, sadly, a canary in the Middle East coal mine. If Lebanon can be free; if Lebanon can find space for all the different voices and religions and convictions within it; if Lebanon can continue to exist with one foot in the West and the other in the Arab world; if Lebanon can simply be a normal country and not a battleground for outside powers; then our interests, and I think those of most Lebanese, will be fully satisfied." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Gary L. Ackerman, Jeffrey D. Feltman, Jeffrey D. Feltman, Dan Burton, and Gene Green.
Serial No. 111-22
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