The Nudnik File

Nudnik - n. U.S. colloq. Esp. in Jewish usage: a pestering, nagging, or irritating person

Friday, February 18, 2005

              Uprising in Lebanon?
According to Debkafile,
Syrian forces have begun distributing first 10,000 side-arms to 1.4 million Syrian workers in Lebanon and local pro-Damascus factions.

They acted after Lebanese opposition declared “uprising for independence,” demanding pro-Damascus government resign
If this is true (much of Debkafile needs to be taken with a grain of salt), we could be seeing the direct results of President Bush's inaugural address. How the US responds to such an uprising against Syria, will tell a lot about Bush's commitment to democracy. The US needs to commit itself to helping the Lebanese. If we don't, and instead do what we did with the Iraq uprising after Gulf War I, we will lose all credibility with Arab dissidents. This would make achieving democracy in Iran through a similar uprising virtually impossible. Conversely, standing up with a Lebanese rebellion could embolden the Iranian people to overthrow the mullahocracy.
|| Nudnik 2:57 PM
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