Saturday, December 02, 2006

The Cedar Revolution

This one hasn't been branded yet, but the ongoing red-green revolt in Beirut deserves to be called something. Protesters camped out and will be continuing their mutiny over what looks to be a long period of days and nights until Siniora is toppled. The protesters blocked roads and prevented access to government buildings, a blockade which was apparently only stopped after Siniora's officials got on the phone to Hezbollah and Amal leaders. I don't know what Siniora threatened, but the far right Lebanese Forces have recently been very active. The US continues to supply the unrepresentative government of Siniora with patronage, although as Angry Arab points out, this is referred to in polite discourse as an alliance, since only America's enemies have patrons.

In sadder news, Walid Jumblatt, the hero of the 'March 14th movement', is distressed.