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Lebanon Instigated War with Israel

Lebanon Instigated War with Israel

This year's annual letter ["Israeli Occupation of South Lebanon Unjust," March 17] from the Arab Student Organization was an improvement over previous years, though not by much. The display in Lobby 7 brought up U.N. Resolution 425, and I entered into a long talk with the people there. In the talk, I found an interesting fact: In 1969 the Lebanese government signed an agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organization allowing the PLO to set up guerrilla bases in Lebanon (The Cairo Agreement). The agreement specifically states: "Palestinians resident in Lebanon are to be permitted to participate in the Palestinian revolution through the Armed Struggle and in accordance with the principles of the sovereignty and security of Lebanon."

This year's letter complains that Israel is fighting mostly Lebanese right now. Although that's true, if Lebanon allowed PLO guerrillas on its turf before, why won't it in the future?

Letters to The Tech in previous years described the Israeli invasion of Lebanon as "illegal" and a violation of Lebanese sovereignty. That is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Lebanon committed an act of war when it signed that accord.

Omri Schwarz G