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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Friday, March 18, 2005

A blast from the past

It has begun! With Lebanese politicians deadlocked over the formation of a new government as Syria withdraws its forces after 29 years, a car bomb rocked a largely Christian neighborhood in north Beirut early Saturday, injuring seven people and causing extensive damage. The target of the attack wasn't immediately clear but it added to the political turmoil after the Feb. 14 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and the subsequent withdrawal of Syrian troops to east Lebanon and Syria. Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese have been participating in demonstrations for and against Syria since Hariri was killed. Anti-Syrian opposition demonstrations have included large numbers of Maronite Christians. The explosion played to concerns among some Lebanese that pro-Syrian elements might resort to violence to show, in their view, the need for continued presence by Damascus forces. Bashar, Syria, honestly, Shame on you.


At 3/19/2005 12:02:00 PM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

Maybe, maybe it was the local terrorist (excuse me, political) group who wants to spread a little terror and uncertainty.

Papa Ray

At 3/19/2005 03:30:00 PM, Blogger Tina said...

It's the Syrian intelligence attempting to restart the civil war. Let's see if the Lebanese have the courage to resist the urge for revenge as the noble Shiia did in Iraq.

They must stand together as a country, each of the groups must meld into one nation, standing for each other.

At 3/23/2005 09:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was no investigation done to suggest it is pro-syrian. Where are you getting your facts from?!


At 3/24/2005 02:38:00 AM, Anonymous Damascene said...

Good point Jalal, we know how much the Lebanese can be sectarian


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