Archive for the ‘Lebanon’ Category
Hezbollah, the Iranian and Syrian backed Shi’a group in Lebanon is purportedly engaged in the fighting in Syria. The Lebanese paper, the Daily Star quotes defector and rebel commander Riad al-Asaad on this issue.
Meanwhile, commentator Moshe Arens at Haaretz (ambiguously) calls for hitting Bashar al-Assad “where it hurts” – Hezbollah – who he sees as the “soft spot” of the regime.
The interview with Riad al-Asaad also touches on foreign support, the possibility of a buffer zone, and his vision for Syria.
This cartoon is running in today’s Al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper. The caption at top right reads: “Lebanon and foreign acts of interference.” Lebanon has a long history serving as a proxy battleground for contending foreign powers supporting contending local interests. These outside powers include Syria, Israel, the Palestinians, Iran, and the United States.
There are signs that the troubles in neighboring Syria are beginning to spill over into Lebanon.
With Iran’s Syrian ally, the Assad regime, in danger of falling, Iran is spending liberally in Lebanon in an effort to shore up its regional influence.
Thanks to former NMH Faculty member El Johnson, herself living in Beirut, for calling our attention to this piece:
Yesterday, shots were fired across two borders shared with Syria: those of Lebanon and Turkey.
“With the populations in neighboring countries divided between those who support the opposition in Syria and those who hope that embattled President Bashar al-Assad will remain in power, some fear that the conflict could expand across the region and widen political, ethnic and religious fault lines.”
UPDATE — May 13, 2012 — Sunni vs. Alawite clashes in Tripoli point toward increasing spillover effect from the turmoil in Syria. Story at BBC
As I was reading in preparation for class this week, I came across this really cool timeline of the Arab Spring. For people who have a few extra minutes and want more information on the revolutions and aftermath in the Middle East, this is a really helpful website. What I like is that it gives both quick snippets about the events, but also provides a link to an article on what happened. Its put out by the Guardian, so all the links are to its own content, but it’s still helpful.