Those are the words of a Syrian officer.
Every single Syrian solider and intelligence officer will have left Lebanon by night-fall on Sunday. And that includes the dreaded Anjar base in the Bekaa border region.
Syria Chief of Military Intelligence – the dreaded Major General Rustom Ghazale will also be on his way home today. He’s Syria’s man in Lebanon – the equivalent of Paul Bremer (and now Negroponte) in Iraq.
Last night the largest contingent of army vehicles yet headed towards the Masnaa border crossing and into Syria. 10 positions were vacated and trucks carrying soldiers were seen, along with armoured vehicles.
Only weeks ago Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad spoke to parliament and said that all Syrian troops would withdraw to the border area. Yet commentators questioned whether he meant the Syrian or the Lebanese side of the border.
Un Secretary General Kofi Annan has delayed publishing a report on Syria’s progress towards UN Resolution 1559 until a UN team could go to Lebanon to verify the withdrawl. That delay drew the wrath of President Bush, who – on seeing the speed of the withdrawal – has stepped up his ‘calls’ for Syria to leave Lebanon. Shutting the door after the horse has bolted?
A wave of sighs spread across the Levant today.