January 25, 2007


Lebanon strike vanishes: An uneasy calm follows the deadly protests a day earlier. The change underscores who has a say on the nation's fate (Megan K. Stack, January 25, 2007, LA Times)

By the time morning commuters headed off to work Wednesday, the fires had been snuffed out. The roadblocks had melted away. The rampaging youths who had been burning cars and choking off the nation's roads seemed to have evaporated.

As quickly as they had mobilized a vast network of demonstrators to lay siege to much of the country, the Islamic militant group Hezbollah and its anti-government allies pulled Lebanon back from a fiery day of sectarian tensions and street fights by calling off a general strike.

The sudden peace Wednesday was nearly as disconcerting as the explosion of violence the day before, which left three people dead and more than 100 injured, including nearly 50 who suffered gunshot wounds. Like the massive strike led by Hezbollah, the calm was a reminder that the country's fate is under the control of a few political leaders, especially the Shiite Muslim movement's leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2007 12:00 AM
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