Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Monday, December 11, 2006
Have You Seen This?
I haven't seen this much in the teevee news media:
Everybody notes the crowds keep on increasing at the protests by Hezbollah and its allies in Beirut, as yesterday hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered to demand an end to Lebanon's current government. The leaders of the protests noted time is running out before further steps are taken. Although no rumors have been confirmed, there are indications a campaign of civil disobedience will now follow. Meanwhile, the NYT emphasizes the country's prime minister, Fouad Siniora, told reporters he doesn't understand "what is this great cause that is making them create this tense political mess and stage open-ended demonstrations."
He doesn't understand the great cause? He sounds like one of our administration folks in his in-depth and quite sound study of the politics in the situation.

Iran is clearly the winner in the Middle East. Our mistake in Iraq has removed a counter-balance to a growth of Shiite fundamentalism in the region. Now it will be up to the Sunni regional players, of which there are many, to counter the trend. A regional civil cold war seems to be in the cards at a minimum, and perhaps a hot war at worst.