Good for Lebanon. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Beirut on Sunday to protest their country’s sectarian political system.
Copping a sentiment ubiquitous now throughout the Middle East, protesters chanted, “the people want to bring down the regime!”
According to Reuters:
“Lebanon is governed by a delicate power-sharing system to maintain the balance between the country’s many sects. It is unlike many other Arab countries where protests have been against rulers who have governed for decades.”
Actually, you’d have to say Lebanon’s government is still a work in progress. Backed by Iranian proxy, the Shia group, Hezbollah, Najib Migati has taken his place at the helm of the Cedar Republic â€“ so we know who really wears the pants in that family.
The country suffered a 15-year civil war ending in 1990 and killing 150,000 people. Then in 2008, after Israel crushed the Lebanese infrastructure as a reaction to Hezbollah terror on the Jewish State, sectarian violence broke out anew.
The organizers of the recent protest handed out a leaflet explaining their demand “secular, civil, democratic, socially just and equal state” and calling for an increase in the minimum wage, as well for price slashes on basic goods.
As protests continue throughout the Middle East, such uprisings have unseated the leaders of Egypt and Tunisia â€“ with Libya teetering on Civil War if Muammar el-Qhadaffi does not step down.
A few months ago, a WikiLeaks cable divulged that Lebanon defense minister gave advice to Israel back in 2008 on how it will be possible to defeat Hezbollah.
The memo quoted Elias Murr telling US officials that areas under Hezbollah control would not be defended by Lebanese forces:
“If Israel has to bomb all of these places in the Shia areas as a matter of operational concern, that is Hezbollah’s problemâ€¦”
The minister also warned that an Israeli drone on Lebanon should avoid hitting Christian areas:
“Murr told us that Israel would do well to avoid two things when it comes for Hezbollahâ€¦One, it must not touch the Blue Line or the UNSCR 1701 areas as this will keep Hezbollah out of these areas…Two, Israel cannot bomb bridges and infrastructure in the Christian areasâ€¦”