Wednesday, March 09, 2005

So much for a 'Lebanese spring'

Hundreds of thousands of people turned out in Lebanon in protests against the Syrian occupation of that country, an occupation going on for about 20 years now (against multiple UN resolutions, I might add).

Double that number showed up yesterday to SUPPORT the Syrian presence (while at the same time protesting against any foreign interference...).
Nearly 200,000 pro-Syrian protesters waved flags, chanted and whistled in a central Beirut square Tuesday, answering a nationwide call by the militant Shiite Muslim Hezbollah group for a demonstration to counter weeks of massive rallies demanding Syrian forces leave Lebanon.
I can understand Hezbollah being unhappy the Syrians plan to leave. But I cannot imagine half a million people being forced to attend these demonstrations. They really WANT Syria there.
Organised by Hezbollah, a powerful political and military organisation of Shia Muslims, the demonstration dwarfed previous opposition protests urging Syrian troops to leave.
Which is not a surprise. It took months if not years for Iraqi's to admit they don't want Saddam Hussein back, and that life wasn't such a party after all while he was boss. I don't think the Syrians, Egyptians, Jordanians, Saudi's, Lebanese, Yemeni's and all the other Arabs living under the yoke will do any better at admitting they live as slaves, and that it took an American infidel to liberate their Iraqi and Afghan brothers.


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