May 24, 2008


THE FALL OF LEBANON (Barry Rubin, 5//24/08, GLORIA)

May 21, 2008, is a date—like December 7 (1941) and September 11 (2001)—that should now live in infamy. Yet who will notice, mourn, or act the wiser for it?

On that day, the Beirut spring was buried under the reign of Hizballah. [..]

On every point, Hizballah, Iran, and Syria, got all they wanted from Lebanon’s government: its surrender of sovereignty. They have veto power over the government; one-third of the cabinet; election changes to ensure victory in the next balloting; and they will have their candidate installed as president.

The majority side is not giving up but is trying to comfort itself on small mercies. The best arguments it can come up with are that now everyone knows Hizballah is not patriotic, treats other Lebanese as enemies, and cannot seize areas held by Christian and Druze militias. It isn’t much to cheer about.

To the contrary, it is the beginning of wisdom to recognize that the Shi'ites have no love for the artificial Western construct that is The Lebanon.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 24, 2008 11:52 AM
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