The New Yorker
The Amal Movement has been making great strides in trying to accommodate the demands of certain religions regarding equal representation in Lebanon, the government, the military, and its variety of religious sects. As the war continues, they have faced many ongoing problems; individuals being killed and kidnapped simply based on their practicing religion, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) taking over hotels based in Beirut, and the impending pressure being put on the United Nations to take action regarding this issue.
As a result of this, the Amal Movement has been working very hard at creating a militia in order to create alliances with the PLO and cease the fighting going on within the city center of Beirut. Many Shia Muslims living in the countryside with a very poor standard of living have been persuaded by the PLO to join their militia in order to receive the basic necessities of living, such as food, water, and shelter. Many have turned against the Lebanese, and have been killing Maronite Christians, Palestinians, or those who have converted from Islam in order to fight with the PLO. The UN has been working very hard at trying to equalize the minorities in the region, and stop the murders and kidnappings. To do so, they have begun the process of appointing leaders, recruiting soldiers, and training them for battle to create a militia.
The Amal Movement has made strides in organizing and appointing leaders to help lead this militia. This is considered by many delegates a priority, and it is needed in case of any more attacks in Beirut. As well, it can help remove Palestinian refugees stuck in Lebanon. Fortunately, the UN has received great support from the Israeli government, who are willing to supply them with weapons, and help train them in Lebanon, with no conditions in place. As well, the UN has asked Syria to give them arms so they can continue to grow the army. The army also has ideas in attacking the PLO, which many worry might derail their negotiations they had planned originally. It simply would not make sense to fight fire with fire, and one would have to question their ideas regarding a relationship with the PLO.
"We have finally created a militia with funding from Israel," said Musa Al-Sadr, co-founder of the Amal Movement. "We are definitely showing other sects that we are a force to be reckoned with." Many other delegates have shown great support for the militia. As well, delegates have encouraged the militia to infiltrate the Phoenicia hotel, where PLO members are currently stationed. As well, the committee plans to create official propaganda to spread awareness about this new militia, and create popular support amongst the population. They also plan to appeal to the Islamic State of Israel. They are also focusing on dispatching their soldiers across mainly Shia areas, and focusing on the people who are already fighting, not on preventing future conflicts from occurring. The militia as well decided to ask radical Shias where they got their weapons from, in order to supply their army, and as well ask the Shias where the Palestinians might be residing in Beirut so they can go help them.
This militia plans to form a somewhat friendly alliance with the PLO, and invite them to negotiate deals. If they agree, conflicts will try to be resolved. If not, the Amal Movement plans to invite them to a Question and Answer period on neutral grounds. As a last resort, if the PLO continues to refuse their offers, the Amal Movement will sign a non-aggression pact with them. As a condition, the PLO-Amal Alliance would agree to release Palestinian prisoners.
Naim Quesem and Faithi Yakan have both been confirmed as the leaders of the militia. They have both expressed heartfelt passion in order to bring the city together once again as equals. Israel has agreed to train their army, and so far 750 soldiers have been recruited and trained for open combat only. They have agreed to keep training the soldiers for urban warfare as well. So far, this army has made little progress in actually taking action to help the city of Beirut improve as a whole, but as more conflict develops around the region the militia will make great efforts in order to keep everything under control.