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Hezbollah Led Protesters Bring Threat Of Sectarian Violence

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posted on Dec, 2 2006 @ 06:38 PM
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Thousands of supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah opposition Paralyzed much of Beirut on what is the second day of protests to topple the government. The protesters are occupying parking lots, squares and streets around government buildings. This also shut down many of the usually busy businesses. The opposition supporters rallied to demand the resignation of the western backed government. Hezbollah backed by Syria and Iran wants to topple what is being called a U.S. government. The Lebanon cabinet is dominated by Anti Syrian politicians. Many fear that this situation could spark sectarian violence.
 



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Scores of tents sprung up overnight as protesters occupied parking lots, squares and streets leading to the government's headquarters bringing Beirut's normally bustling commercial district to a standstill.

Restaurants and cafes, usually packed with people on weekends, were shut. Many banks also stayed closed.

Hundreds of thousands of opposition supporters rallied on Friday to demand the resignation of the Western-backed government, but Prime Minister Fouad Siniora insisted his government would not be toppled through demonstrations.



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I did not think it was to hard to see where this might be leading. You have a country who has an armed political party that is supported by foreign governments. You have an elected government in power who does not support the armed political party in its country. You have had, as I recall, several assassinations of political figures all who were against Hezbollah, which is the armed political party. This is a civil war waiting to happen. But the real kicker to all of this, it is being caused by external factors. This whole mess is being stirred up by Hezbollah which is being supported by Iran and Syria. If this plan works and they get a civil war and in turn gain control of Lebanon's government I wonder what they will do with it? Perhaps Iran and Syria will go to war over who will control Lebanon.

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posted on Dec, 2 2006 @ 09:46 PM
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If this plan works and they get a civil war and in turn gain control of Lebanon's government I wonder what they will do with it?

I suppose they will not let Israeli aircraft rape the civilian infrastructure again without at least trying to defend against it.

You know if an armed resistance group is positioned in the south of the country, and that is where majority of the battle was taking place, what sense did it make to destroy the cities in the North? Not only killing thousands of civilians, but destroying the coastal ecosystem, their tourism industry from that coastal ecosystem, as well as the livlihoods of many of the civilian fisherman?

Does the Lebanese even have any anti-aircraft defense systems? If they did sure was nice of the pro-Western government to keep them idle while civilians had their whole lives brought down around them. Thats a sure way to get people against the resistance group. Except that now it has only fueld their support, and if they come back this time the new government may decide to actually try and defend against an aerial assault.

I just figure that is one of the more crucial reasons why there is currently an insurrection going on for control of the government.

As far as Iran and Syria going to war over control over who controls Lebanon, I don't even consider that an option worth debating. One would have to assume they are just brainless warmongers with an attitude like Kim Jong of North Korea to even conjure up such a scenario IMO. As far as Middle East politics go right now, it would appear Syria and Iran are a united entity at the moment. they do have a mutual defense pact you know.

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posted on Dec, 3 2006 @ 10:58 AM
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Yeah I was just going to post the same thing.

Any government that refuses to offer even token resistance when their country is being bombed by a foreign power can expect to be forced out by popular demand.

Had the Lebanesae Army attempted to defend it's population from the Israelis, even if they had failed totally, the Lebanese .gov wouldn't be in the situation it is now.

Heads in Israel and the US should roll over this summer's campaign - all it accomplished was to undo the Cedar Revolution of 2005 and hand political dominance back to Hezbollah and Syria. But of course it won't happen - admitting error (no matter how obvious) does not square well with the hard-right types' "tough guy" self-image...



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 10:29 AM
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Although this thread has not gotten much traffic this is still a developing story. Hear is some of the latest.


Despite strong diplomatic efforts with all Lebanese political parties, Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa has so far been unable to produce an acceptable solution to Beirut's ongoing political crisis which has divided bitterly the country, a well- informed government source said Thursday.

Most Lebanese leaders were hoping that Mussa on Thursday would "succeed in his mission" which would end two weeks of Hezbollah-led street protests, the source told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

Anti-Syrian Education Minister Khaled Kabbani told dpa, "we are hoping that the Arab initiative will succeed, because if not, that would be a catastrophe for the country."
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I am glad to say that there has not been an all out civil war, yet. But this is hurting Lebanon. So in that manner perhaps the protesters have gotten some of what they want.



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