Lebanon is burning.


By mattpryor
January 25, 2011
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While the middle east punditry's attention has been focused on "Pali-leaks", scant coverage has been given to the tumultuous events occurring in neighbouring Lebanon.

Now the country is burning once again. Opponents of Hezbollah (The Army of Allah) and Sunni supporters of former PM Hariri (who was deposed in an effective coup by Hezbollah while visiting President Obama) are rioting in the streets in Beirut. Now, more than ever, the moderate pro-democracy forces in Lebanon need the West's support.

But where is Hillary Clinton? Where is President Obama? Were is Baroness Ashton of Upholland? The silence is deafening.

A brutal and sad reminder of the events in Iran following the elections, where people looked to the US for support and found none. It seems that the West and the US in particular has already given up on the battle for a secure and prosperous world in the 21st century. And meanwhile the powers that be continue to insist that the one functioning democracy in the Middle East is carved up to pander to Islamist demands.

News here:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4018736,00.html

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article2887474.ece

http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=233948

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=2&article_...

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Yvetta

Tue, 01/25/2011 - 19:04

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Good post, Matt.


amber

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 00:15

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Thanks Matt - and why is this story being ignored by the media?

Iran now has a crescent of influence, from Tehran to Baghdad to Damascus and now Beirut - not to mentionits proxies in Hamas. The Arab world, seeing that the US will do nothing, has thrown in the towel and successive Arab leaders have told Ahmadinejad they won't stand in his way now - the latest to collapse was Jordan.

The whole shape of the Middle East is changing - very rapidly - and all the media and antisemites on these blogs obsess with is Israel.


jose (not verified)

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 07:39

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Now Mubarak is in the same kind of trouble as his former colleague Ben Ali in Tunisia. Jordan could be next. Lebanon is on the verge of a new civil war that risks being avoided by 'distraction' (attacking Israel).

Indeed, the Middle East is changing. Not for better, unfortunately. And the lack of any credibility of the Western powers is a great opportunity for islamists.


mattpryor

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 14:07

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The developments in the PA territories are also worrying me. Although Fatah are bad, Hamas are worse and I don't think a Hamas takeover of the Palestinian Authority will be good for Israel or for Britain.

And what's the betting that Tehran has a hand in these "spontaneous" uprisings?

Did the West fail the Arab world by failing to push through the Bush Doctrine? Is this the consequence of losing our nerve?

The Arab world, seeing that the US will do nothing, has thrown in the towel and successive Arab leaders have told Ahmadinejad they won't stand in his way now - the latest to collapse was Jordan.

Amber do you have any more information about Jordan? This is the first I'd heard of it.


mattpryor

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 14:09

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It's also interesting that while Hague and Clinton have encouraged the rioters in Egypt, they've kept silent about the anti-Hezbollah riots in Lebanon. Any ideas why?


mattpryor

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 14:15

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And a very informative piece here by Barry Rubin:

Lebanon Burns: America Snores

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