Wednesday, November 22

Lebanon: Getting out the dead vote

From The Wall Street Journal:

Former Secretary of State James Baker has been saying that, when it comes to diplomacy, you don't "restrict your conversations to your friends"--shorthand for the view that the U.S. should engage Syria and Iran to find solutions in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. But yesterday's murder of Lebanese Minister Pierre Gemayel might remind even Mr. Baker and his Iraq Study Group what some of those non-friends are all about.

"The hand of Syria is all over" Gemayel's assassination, said Saad Hariri, the leader of the parliamentary bloc that helped evict the Syrian army in the spring of 2005. Mr. Hariri knows whereof he speaks: His father, former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, was blown up with 22 others in February 2005, and the preliminary U.N. investigation offered a trail of evidence pointing to Damascus as the culprit.

Meanwhile, in the Lebanese blogosphere, Beirut Spring charges that, "When it comes to covering Lebanon, Aljazeera is scandalously biased."

More details at The Daily Star.

JerusalemOnline news update: Nov. 22nd (Video - Channel 2 TV)

  • Israeli dies after Kassam rocket hits Sderot
  • Lebanese industry minister assassinated in Beirut
  • Members of Bnei Menashe tribe return home from India
  • The Terror Challenge – click to watch a special analysis


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