Lebanon once again is becoming the battleground for others. Again, Lebanon a hostage of events and strategic calculations larger than it, we're caught in between.
Since two years ago, the Bush administration has been after the Syrian government demanding more cooperation on the Iraqi border and hassling them on their military presence in Lebanon. The Syrians of course cooperated on what they're able to concede in terms of information sharing and what not.
I believe that the relative "success" of the Iraqi and Palestinian elections have emboldened the Bush admiminstration to increase the heat on Syria. Add on to it the extension of Lahoud's term and Hariri's assassination.
It seems that the timing is against those who are calling for an end to the Syrian military/intelligence presence in Lebanon, who genuinely are calling for the sovereignty of only the Lebanese over Lebanon. The US has its own aims to fulfill in our region, and if it's democratization, then that is not much of an evil mission; however, most of the Lebanese are calling for something independent of Bush's claims and bully-style schemes. And if Syria is threatened by an evil scheme, then giving us the right to exercise our sovereignty will only benefit it.
Lebanon cannot be crushed because of strategic calculations, because of a US-Syrian/Iranian confrontation; that will backfire on the Syrian regime as it creates more disgruntled Lebanese. A Lebanon that is able to exercise free will is Syria's best bet in confronting any evil scheme, because then our government's claims will not be branded as scripted by Syria or our politicians branded as puppets; in short, we'd be more ligitimate in our eyes and in the eyes of the international community.
"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."