May 8, 2008
THERE IS NO....:
Sunnis and Shiites clash for a second day in Lebanon (The Associated Press, 5/08/08)
The political crisis exploded into violence Wednesday when supporters of the Hezbollah-led opposition blocked roads in the capital to enforce a strike called by labor unions protesting the government's economic policies and demanding pay raises.
The strike quickly escalated into street confrontations between supporters of the rival camps. About a dozen people were injured, mostly by stones, but no deaths were reported.
On Thursday, the violence spread outside the capital. Sunnis and Shiites exchanged gunfire in the village of Saadnayel in the eastern Bekaa Valley. Four people were injured, said security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with military regulations.
The area is on a major crossroads linking the Shiite areas of Baalbek, a Hezbollah stronghold, with central Lebanon and Beirut.
Also, supporters of the militant Shiite Hezbollah kept the road to the country's only airport blocked, effectively closing the airport for a second straight day.
Lebanon's national carrier, Middle East Airlines, said it was canceling flights until noon Thursday because of the road closures and will reassess the situation later.
The clashes have taken on a sectarian tone, bringing back bad memories of the devastating 1975-1990 civil war that has left lasting scars on Lebanon.
It's not a scar, it's a fracture. It won't be healed, so just divide it permanently.
Hezbollah Piles Pressure on Lebanese Government (Reuters, 08/05/2008)
An opposition source, declining to be identified, said protests would go on until the government rescinded decisions affecting Hezbollah, including action against a telecommunications network operated by the group. Government sources ruled that out.Posted by Orrin Judd at May 8, 2008 7:38 AM
"It's double jeopardy: the cabinet can't retreat or it is practically finished and can't go through with it to the end because of the balance of power on the ground," columnist Rafik Khouri wrote in the newspaper al-Anwar.
"And Hezbollah can't step back from its position because it would be agreeing to getting its wings clipped and can't go all the way because of the dangers sectarian strife poses for everyone."