Let's Hear it For Lantos
US Rep. Tom Lantos said Sunday that he would ask the U.S. Administration to freeze the USD 230 million aid package to Lebanon proposed by President George W. Bush until the Lebanese government takes control of its borders with Syria and prevent arms smuggling to Hizbullah guerrillas.
Lantos, the top Democrat on the House International Relations Committee, spoke after meeting with senior Israeli officials, including
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Lantos, from California, said he told Olmert that the US Aid package to Lebanon was important, "but that this package should be withheld until the Lebanese government displays responsibility," he said. "A porous Syrian-Lebanon border will only invite the repetition of Hizbullah attacks in the future. Hizbullah must not be allowed to rearm again." (AP)
Not that I think a wise policy like this has any ability to be passed in today's environment, but at least it shows that somebody is seeing the situation straight on.