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Today, the local Lebanese news channels had Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Boucher as special guests on various weekly political programs (like Late Edition and Meet the Press in the US).
We never had these guys give Live interviews to our local networks. Even Bush stressed on the Lebanese-Syrian situation in all his European speeches. Why this sudden US interest in Lebanon after Hariri’s assassination? I would like to get some insights from US members.
They are riding on the spark for change. Maybe this event will help Lebanon to be a self rule democracy.
Before the 1975 war, Lebanon was a full democracy (The first Arab democracy since 1943).
From the 90s and on, we had a semi-democracy, if I can call it. We have freedom of speech and expression. Most media (journalism and TV) are in opposition. But Syria always interferes so that it can guarantee more than 50% pro-Syrian deputies in the parliament. The current government was given a 59% approval, one of the lowest in our history. It’s analyzed that a major role of Hariri in the opposition would make Syria loose the majority. That’s why they eliminated him.

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Well, since everything is hunky dory, carry on.

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Well, since everything is hunky dory, carry on.
hunky dory ??? What does it mean?

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Silver Arrow, did you go to the demonstration that was supposedly illegal?

How does it feel to be on the cutting edge of a movement for freedom and democracy? I hope you write it down for your grandchildren to read.
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Silver Arrow, did you go to the demonstration that was supposedly illegal?

How does it feel to be on the cutting edge of a movement for freedom and democracy? I hope you write it down for your grandchildren to read.
I myself didn’t go, I watched it Live on TV. But a lot of people did. It was supposed to be on Monday, and the government banned all demonstrations. So many people went to Martyr’s Square on Sunday night and demonstrated all night and continued to do so all Monday morning.
Don’t worry about writing it all down. I’m recording all the events.

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The pro-Syrian Lebanese government just resigned among huge public pressure and demonstrations. Everybody is heading to Martyr’s Square to celebrate and chant, including myself. So I will provide with details later on.

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This is wonderful, Silver Arrow. It is the equivalent of the fall of the Berlin Wall--not from armies, but from the will and power of the people. Congratulations and best wishes! I hope this lust for freedom and self-determination infects the rest of the Arab world.

The hard part begins tomorrow. You have your freedom, what will you do with it?
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Unbelieveable!

I watched video of the protests.

There was a great poster - in English- that said,

"Do you think we are stupid?!"

Classic.

The free world is watching and stands with you as you

chant , "Syria Out!" and "Freedom, sovereignty, independence!"

Syria has more to worry about right now than Lebanon.

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Today was a great and historic day in Lebanon. It’s the first time in Lebanon and the Arab world that a government resigns amid strong popular opposition.

This long day started on Sunday night where demonstration gathered in Martyr Squares and spent the night in special tents provided by the opposition. They did so fearing road blocks which will prevent them from attending next day’s demonstration, because the government announced a ban on demonstrations executed on Monday.

On Monday, thousands of protestors from all Lebanon headed to Beirut. They were blocked by the Army and police who eventually ceased to the huge number of protestors. Tens of thousands eventually attended the demonstration.

In the meantime and as a result of Hariri’s assassination, the government was facing a questioning hearing from the members of parliament in the house of parliament, while giant screens in Martyr’s Square transmitted the hearing live to the crowd. The government was subjected to harsh criticism all noon. Then the hearing took a three and half hour break at 3PM local.

At 6:30PM local, the Prime Minister made a speech and surprisingly announced his resignation. Although most analysts said the government would have received a confidence vote because Syria controls more than 50% of the parliament votes. But this government would have received a no-confidence vote from the people. At the moment of the announcement, the crowds in Martyr’s Square just exploded in joy, shouting and celebration. It felt like we were watching a final world cup football game, and our team had just scored the winning goal.

After that, thousands of people descended to the streets carrying the Lebanese flag. They went into huge parades in their car. You could see lines of thousands of car with their signalers and horns on. People literary standing and sitting on the moving cars’ roofs just celebrating. It was amazing.

The aftermath: A new government must be formed soon. According to the opposition this new government, that could include them, must be neutral in order to organize free elections in the spring. These elections will form a new government that must negotiate a Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon.

For more on this story, you can check the CNN dedicated page:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/...sts/index.html


What happened today in Lebanon was compared to what happened a few months ago in Ukraine, where protests forced the pro-Russian government to resign.

It’s so ironic. When I first started this topic two weeks ago exactly, I wasn’t expecting that developments will unravel that quickly. Sometimes one event could spark many more in the near future.
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