Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Interesting, I think, the parallels between the uprisings in Lebanon and Ukraine. Ukraine went down this road a few months ago, and it would be good if Lebanon would follow.

Both cases feature a smaller, weaker country dominated by Big Brother (Russia, Syria). In both cases, Big Brother feels entitled to interfere in the internal politics of the Little Brother. In both cases, Big Brother tried something stupid, but didn't get away with it (poisening their unfavored presidential candidate, assassinating their unfavored ex-Prime Minister). In both countries, there have been big popular uprisings that were nominally illegal. Just today I read that the Lebanese security forces aren't doing much to stop the demonstraters, just like what happened in the Ukraine.

One can only hope that the resolution in Lebanon is as peaceful as it was in Kiev.....

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