November 22, 2006

THERE IS NO LEBANON:

Civil war in Lebanon (Robert Fisk, 22 November 2006, Independent)

When Hizbollah captured two Israeli soldiers and killed three on 12 July, Israel bombed Lebanon for 34 days, slaughtered more than a thousand civilians and caused billions of dollars of damage. It blamed Siniora's government and Mr Bolton and his fellow American diplomats did nothing to help the hapless prime minister. President George Bush wanted Israel to destroy Hizbollah - which they totally failed to do - as a warning to his latest Middle East target, which just happens to be Hizbollah's principal supporter, Iran. So much for Lebanese democracy. Even Mr Blair, so anxious about Lebanon yesterday, saw no reason for an immediate ceasefire.

In the aftermath of the war and the failure of all Israel's war aims, Sayed Nasrallah began to boast that he had won a "divine victory" and that Siniora's government had failed. Hizbollah, of course, is also Syria's friend and no one was surprised that the anti-Syrian government came under the lash of the Shia prelate whose giant billboard posters across Lebanon suggest he is suffering the cult of personality.

Twelve days ago, all six Shia ministers left the cabinet, leaving the largest religious sect in Lebanon unrepresented in government.


Religious sect? It leaves the majority unrepresented, rather than just underepresented.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 22, 2006 8:53 AM
Comments

There he goes again: Robert Fisk on Lebanon, Cult Shock and the Joy of Sects....

Posted by: Barry Meislin at November 22, 2006 9:19 AM

Then it's time for Sinora to pass measures that don't benefit the Shia, don't want to play, lose privileges.

Posted by: Sandy P at November 22, 2006 10:10 AM

He's only in power because the regime is rigged to preclude Shi'a power. The notion they should wait for crumbs from him is ludicrous.

Posted by: oj at November 22, 2006 10:20 AM
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