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March 2, 2005

A Fresh Warm Wind of Change in Lebanon?

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

John at Crossroads Arabia writes that this Arab News editorial is a deft analysis-from a Saudi perspective-about what needs to be done next for Lebanon and, in a larger context, for the region.

According to John, who lives in Saudi Arabia, the US, it acknowledges, gave the impetus for reform and change. It's time now, the editorial claims, for the outsiders to stand back and let those most involved act on their own. I agree with John about it being a good piece, a good read.

Can it also be the beginings of warmer and fresher winds of change in a for once, welcome direction?

People power has come to Lebanon. The resignation of the prime minister, Omar Karami, and his government would not have happened without thousands of Lebanese people laying peaceful siege to Parliament. The events on the streets of Beirut are comparable to the recent "orange" revolution in Ukraine and earlier "velvet" revolutions in Georgia and in Eastern Europe. They are not over yet, but are going to go down in the country's history as a turning point as seminal as the civil war.

Editorial: Wind of Change

 

Posted by Hyscience at March 2, 2005 9:52 AM



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