Hezbollah Calls for Government Resignation in Lebanon

December 1, 2006

Hezbollah today organized a massive protest in Beirut overnight and has called for the resignation of the government.

This is an action which was postponed two weeks ago with the murder of Christian Minister of Industry Pierre Gemayel; quite conveniently, the murder took place the day before the planned protest. At the time, fingers were pointed at Syria, Iran and Hezbollah. Hezbollah showed diplomatic resolve and did not stage the planned protest.

While we may never know who killed Gemayel or why, it is clear that pointing the finger at Syria and Hezbollah is just irresponsible and lazy. After all, there has been no proof presented and the assassination is politically to the disadvantage of both Syria and Hezbollah. Hezbollah does not need to assassinate anyone in the government to marginalize the opposition, because Hezbollah has significant support from the Lebanese population, particularly following the failure of the Lebanese government to take a stand in the Israeli bombings of southern Lebanon this summer.

The proof is in the pudding today — Nayla Razzouk, a reporter from The Australian, writes that “a SEA of protesters” have gathered in Beirut to demand the resignation of the current government.

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