March 2, 2005

BEIRUT CAUSES:

Lebanon 'victory' spurs Syrians to demand a voice (Rhonda Roumani, March 2, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Demonstrations that brought down the government of neighboring Lebanon on Monday inspired Syria's intellectuals and activists to issue new calls yesterday for greater political participation in their own country -- a nation known for its strict limits on dissent.

"What happened [in Lebanon] was a huge victory not only for the Lebanese people, but for the people of this region," said Wael Sawah, a Syrian political analyst and activist. "This is the first time a Cabinet resigns under popular pressure."

Michel Kilo, another prominent Syrian opposition figure, said that the Lebanese protests could have a ripple effect in Syria.

"The people here will want a bigger role and will start demanding their rights more," Mr. Kilo said.


The question that drives the End of History: Why not us?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 2, 2005 8:44 PM
Comments

Um, lessee. The Syrians are asking for what the dems want to take away from us Americans.

It shouldn't be necessary to ask "What's wrong with that picture?" but all the clowns who voted for kerry and who would vote for hillary need to be asked...

Posted by: M. Murcek at March 3, 2005 12:03 AM
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