Anti-Syrian Forces in Lebanon Win!

Wow, it's like a neo-cons wet dream come true. AP:

With shouts of "Syria out!," more than 25,000 flag-waving protesters massed outside Parliament today in a dramatic display of defiance that swept out Lebanon's pro-Syrian government two weeks after the assassination of a former prime minister.

Cheering broke out among the demonstrators in Martyrs' Square when they heard Prime Minister Omar Karami's announcement on loudspeakers that the government was stepping down. Throughout the day, protesters handed out red roses to soldiers and police.

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Posted by: Rusty at 12:20 PM


1 question

why was it so easy, why did syria ok a suicide bombing now in israel while at the same time secretly meeting for peace talks with the israelis in jordan?

is the problem really bad mismanagement of the syrian dictatorship?

Posted by: rumcrook at February 28, 2005 12:29 PM

2 Or is the problem that saying "Syria did it", i.e. implying the leadership unanimously backed that suicide bombing, is a massive over-simplification given that there would have been intractable divergences of opinions within both the Government and the terrorist structures.

Remember that it only takes one idiot to give a whole bunch of people a bad reputation

Posted by: Martin at February 28, 2005 12:32 PM

3 BTW isn't it a little early for celebration? We know the pro-Syrian Government is stepping down; we don't know whose gonna take their place.

Posted by: Martin at February 28, 2005 12:35 PM

4 True enough.

Posted by: Rusty Shackleford at February 28, 2005 12:54 PM

5 I'm still not completely convinvced Syria killed Hariri. It could have been a faction within their govt or an large terrorist group they had previously supplied. (I'm sure on Kos etc. they are blaming Isreal, the neocons and an evil gang of ex-military male prostitutes).

The Syrians have caved on the wiithdrawal, "their" Lebanese govt and Sadddam's half brother with amazing speed. Seems like they are panicked.

That said it would be a happy irony for them to pay the price.

Posted by: Dennis at February 28, 2005 01:32 PM

6 Sorry, was not clear. I meant I'm not convinced it was decided/approved at the presidential level, i.e. by Assad.

Posted by: Dennis at February 28, 2005 01:35 PM

7 Maybe the Syrian and Lebanese governments are smarter than many liberal moonbats. Namely, they see the writing on the wall and are acting accordingly to save their asses. Better to step down than to be dragged down.

Posted by: greyrooster at March 01, 2005 05:10 AM

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