Thursday, May 08, 2008

Images from Day 2 of Hizballah's Assault

A Shi'ite opposition gunman takes position in a street in Beirut May 8, 2008. Iranian-backed Hezbollah tightened its grip on Beirut airport on Thursday, pilling pressure on Lebanon's U.S. -backed government on the second day of a protest campaign that has triggered gun battles in the capital. REUTERS/ Fadi Ghalioum (LEBANON)

A camion empties dirt as Hezbollah supporters close main roads with earth mounds and burnt cars, during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, May 8, 2008. Shiite supporters of Iranian-backed Hezbollah and Sunnis backing Lebanon's U.S.-backed government clashed for a second straight day Thursday as the sectarian confrontations in Beirut spread to other parts of the country.(AP Photo/Mahmoud Tawil)

Hezbollah supporters burn tyres and barricades on the main road leading to Beirut's International airport in Beirut May 8, 2008. REUTERS/Sharif Karim (LEBANON)

Opposition supporters gather as they set earthen barricades, closing the roads during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, May 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

People walk past Shi'ite opposition gunmen on a street in Beirut May 8, 2008. REUTERS/ Fadi Ghalioum (LEBANON)

[images and commentary courtesy of Yahoo!News]


  1. Anonymous6:37 PM

    Gunfights in mixed Sunni-Shiite areas of Beirut persist while Hizballah/Amal have continued to block new roads with dirt, rubble, wrecked cars, sand mounds, and now cement blocks.

    "We did not think that there was a 1% chance that the kidnapping would lead to a war of this scale and magnitude...Now you ask me if this was 11 July and there was a 1% chance that the kidnapping would lead to a war like the one that has taken place, would you go ahead with the kidnapping? I would say no, definitely not

    So the war against Israel wasn't worth it, but the current conflict within Lebanon is.

  2. It seems pretty obvious to me (and to anyone with a bit of common sense) that the war against Israel was bad for Israel and Israeli, quite bad for Hizbollah and extremely bad for Lebanon, Lebanese Shias and the Lebanese people who never asked for it. It is no less obvious that the current attack from Hezbollah and Amal on what they have left of Lebanese institutions is even more disastrous. In the best case scenario (unlikely), Shias militias and thugs will be crushed and the Shia community will pay the price for it (once again). In the worse case, they will throw the government out and draw the Army into implosion. Lebanon will look a bit more like Iraq or Afghanistan and Lebanese will all suffer a lot, for the greater profit of Syria, Iran and Israel (as well as some of the communities' sorry excuses for "leaders", the thugs who rule Lebanese various militias). All intermediate scenarios are possible and none is very unenthusiasming for anyone who likes Lebanon and Lebanese.


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