LEBANON UPDATE….So how are things going to turn out in Lebanon? Our first data point arrived today, and it looks like Hezbollah is still able to turn out a crowd:
Hundreds of thousands pro-Syrian protesters waved flags and chanted anti-American slogans in a central Beirut square Tuesday, answering a nationwide call by the militant Shiite Muslim Hezbollah group for a demonstration to counter weeks of massive rallies demanding Syrian forces leave Lebanon.
….There were no independent estimates of Tuesday’s crowd, but at least 500,000 people crowded Riad Solh Square and nearby streets. The Lebanese army blocked the road between the two squares with an armored carrier.
That’s a far bigger protest than any of the anti-Syrian rallies so far, which indicates that Lebanon is hardly of one mind about how to respond to the Hariri assassination.
Lebanon is surely a country that deserves some peace, and I hope for the best. But it ain’t over yet.