Ultima Thule

In ancient times the northernmost region of the habitable world - hence, any distant, unknown or mysterious land.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Is There Orange in Lebanon's Future?

By Aussiegirl

Check out A Window on the Arab World, and More! for an article on how Lebanon might potentially become the Ukraine of the Middle East. Here's a short excerpt:

Lebanon in Revolution: The Ukraine of the Middle East?

By Kirk Sowell

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri has been assassinated by a suicide bomber. A Shia terrorist group calling itself "Victory and Jihad" has taken credit, and the Lebanese opposition is blaming Syria, of whom Hariri was a critic.

I was just watching a news report on Al-Jazeera covering this, and it is looking like Lebanon, once known as the "Switzerland of the Middle East," may soon become the Ukraine of the Middle East. The crowds gathering in the streets and the political opposition's press conference certainly reminded me of recent events in that country. Syria has long maintained control over Lebanon's political system, and overt opposition - rare in the Arab world - has been growing louder and louder.


At 6:47 PM, Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

Lebanon once had an unique culture and stable and prosperous government. The Lebanese kindly allowed displaced Palestinians into their country,and the refugee proceeded to tear Lebanon apart. Israel invaded to stop terrorist attacks from Lebanon in the early `80`s, and we took over from the Israelis as an act of charity-which was repaid with the bombing of the Marine barracks. Syria seized control of Lebanon after we left.

The U.N. has never cared very much about the illegal occupation of Lebanon by Syria. It is time the Lebanese regained control of their country!

Great post, Aussiegirl!

At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Allan Golz said...

Enjoyed reading your posts.


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