February 15, 2005


Blast Stirs Dark Memories, Solidarity (Rania Abouzeid, February 15, 2005, LA Times)

"What did he do? Why did they kill him?" asked one woman in her 20s who had been shopping nearby when she heard the news. "I'm scared of what has happened. How can they kill a man like Hariri?" she added as mascara-stained tears streamed down her face.

"We know who killed you, dear Rafik," said Mahmoud Rais, a bearded middle-aged man who stood on a garden planter outside the hospital to address the crowd. "Lebanon was uniting. The different groups were closing ranks against the Syrians. The truth cannot be covered up anymore," he said to cheers and chants of "Allahu akbar" (God is great).

"They want to keep us at each other's throats," the construction worker added, "but we will unite behind Hariri's vision and make sure this ugly crime backfires on them."

Walid Freki, a 42-year-old florist waiting outside the hospital, said he feared Hariri's death might destabilize the country ahead of parliamentary elections in May.

"This was designed to delay the elections," the bespectacled man said. "But the violence and the threat of violence will not work. It didn't work in Iraq and it won't work here."

That quote more than vindicates the President's policy in the Middle East, eh?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 15, 2005 8:37 AM

In the past, "They want to keep us at each other's throats..." would have implied a Zionist/US conspiracy behind any violence. But now it is followed by, "It didn't work in Iraq and it won't work here..."

But by confronting Zarqawi et al, we are helping the Arab Street unearth the root causes of Arab misery. Kennedy et al can not re-bury them fast enough.

Posted by: at February 15, 2005 9:40 AM

Bashir, we hardly knew ye.

Posted by: ratbert at February 15, 2005 11:04 AM

It takes a man to inspire other men. People know the difference between "Follow-me!" and "You first."

Posted by: Luciferous at February 15, 2005 2:37 PM