While I don't necessarily disagree with the decision to close the last thread, I do think there is a need for a thread for those who wish to follow the developments in Lebanon in the aftermath of the war that is larger in scope than the use of cluster bombs. In that regard, I'm opening this thread. It is not meant to be a generalized discussion of Middle East issues, but rather a focus on what is happening now in Lebanon. Today saw the announcement that Syria has pledge to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to end the shipment of arms to Hizbullah. While many in Israel and elsewhere are understandably skeptical of this pledge, it is nonetheless notable that Syria sees it in its interest to make the statement. This is a critical time period over the next 10 days for Lebanon while the IDF withdraws its troops across the blue line. It is also a time in which Lebanese political forces are maneuvering for power. For those who wish to comment on these developments I encourage on-topic contributions and meaningful debate.