When we last left the nation of Lebanon, a cease fire was in place in the month-long war that erupted between Israel and the Hezbollah terrorist army. That cease fire, of course, did nothing to address the fundamental causes of the conflict between Israel and Lebanon’s state-within-a-state and was really nothing more than a pause in Hezbollah’s established, and ongoing, war against Israel.
Now, it appears that Hezbollah is making a bid to become to control Lebanon itself:
BEIRUT, Nov. 19 — In a deepening crisis that has paralyzed Lebanese politics, the leader of Hezbollah urged his well-organized followers to prepare for mass protests aimed at toppling the U.S.-backed government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.
The order by Hassan Nasrallah, issued in a speech Saturday that was broadcast Sunday, was the latest in a test of wills between Hezbollah and a government that Nasrallah dismissed as more representative of the U.S. ambassador than Siniora.
More than a simple political standoff in an always fractious country, many see the escalating struggle as perhaps the most decisive in Lebanon in a generation. It may determine which forces guide the country for years ahead: the coalition around Siniora that draws its strength from the country’s Sunni Muslims, Druze and some Christians and has aligned itself with the United States and Europe, or Hezbollah’s Shiite Muslim constituency, backed by Iran and Syria, and its Christian allies represented by a former general.
In the speech, Nasrallah said the government faced two choices: either resign in favor of what he called a national unity government that would give a far greater voice to Hezbollah and its allies or hold early parliamentary elections. If neither demand is met, he said, the movement would resort to demonstrations until “the illegitimate, unconstitutional government” fell.
Nasrallah stressed that the protests, perhaps lasting days or even weeks, would remain peaceful.
“We will not allow any clash,” he said.
At least not until we’re ready for it.
Remind me again why this cease fire was a good idea ?