May 21, 2008

WHEN THEY TURN YOUR RULES AGAINST YOU:

Hizbollah's Lebanon veto power boosts Iran's Middle East influence (Tim Butcher, 21/05/2008, Daily Telegraph)

Iran's influence across the Middle East was strengthened today when its close ally, Hizbollah, greatly increased its political power in Lebanon by winning a veto over all government decisions.

The concession to the radical Shia group, agreed after a week of crisis talks hosted by Qatar under the auspices of the Arab League, opens the way to an end to a crisis that has crippled national level decision-making in Lebanon for over a year.

It also lifts the threat of imminent civil war that has hung over the country since Hizbollah gunmen fought pitch battles with rival groups in Beirut earlier this month.


Defend an anti-democratic division of power along confessional lines and you've no coherent basis for complaining about dividing power along confessional lines, which is why the West ought support division and self-determination.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 21, 2008 8:17 AM
Comments

How can division work when south Beirut is hizbollah? It would be one thing if the shia existed solely in a discrete area but they don't

Posted by: mike in europe at May 22, 2008 4:55 PM

They get South Beirut, like Palestine is getting East Jerusalem.

Posted by: oj at May 22, 2008 7:49 PM
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