Saturday, March 26, 2005

Lebanon: Kick in the Township Rebellion

The Cedar Revolution is Going to be Blogged. Bruce is sounding the alarm at his site:
The pressure has to be maintained for change.
....and for good reason. We gotta tell Lebanon to Kick in the Township Rebellion:
Rebel, rebel and yell
'Cause our people still dwell in hell
Locked in a cell
Yes, the structure's a cell
Mad is the story I tell
How long can we wait?
Come on, seein' what's at stake
Action for reaction
If your mind's in a somewhat complacent state
Get a check up
This is a stick up
Our freedom or your life
Lord, I wish I could be peacful
But there can be no sequel
Now freedom must be fundamental
In Johannesburg or South Central
On the mic, 'cause someone should tell 'em

To kick in the township rebellion

Yeah, what about that, sucker?
Reasons? We have plenty. Syria is now engaging the Christian minority in a proxy war, which is typical of tyrants - Dictatorships are like Rock Stars: They flame out, they don't fade away (except for Neil Young and Keith Richards).

Meanwhile, the UN actually earned its keep for once and embarrassed a dictatorship with its new report on the Hariri killing:
The report embarrassed the Lebanese government and its backers, saying Syria's president personally threatened Hariri with harm for his opposition to Damascus' domination and criticizing Lebanon for a halfhearted investigation into who killed him in a Feb. 14 bombing.
But that is nothing. If an inquiry is called, things could get interesting:
But, under stepped-up pressure, the government may have a hard time avoiding an aggressive inquiry. Told by U.N. chief Kofi Annan about the report's contents, Lebanese President Emile Lahoud late Thursday agreed to a U.N. investigation, which his government had repeatedly rejected.
Discussing a U.N. inquiry, Chibli Mallat, an international law professor at St. Joseph's University in Beirut, told LBC television that "under international law, immunity no longer applies to anyone, including the presidents of Lebanon or Syria, if they are asked to testify or in case they were indicted."
Chances are we won't see any golf balls being distributed at this one. I just really doubt the UN has the ability can really change things for the better.

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