Thursday, March 10, 2005

Hezbollah Enters the Mainstream? 

Holy shit.

I don't even know where to go with this.

David Brooks crept out of retardation long enough to make this decent point in an e-mail to Andrew Sullivan:
Two great things have happened in Beirut recently. First the opposition came out on the streets for a series of peaceful rallies. Then on Tuesday Hizbollah came out with peaceful rallies. Many people are treating the latter as setbacks for democracy. But in reality, they are democracy. It's not only the people who we agree with who get to vote and mobilize. It's everybody. In the Arab world there are going to be plenty of anti-American parties. If these parties' first instinct is to try to rally public opinion and not unleash armies, that's great. This is in a country where people used to kill each other, over such things, remember. Now they are rallying. This is part of what Wolfowitz was working for.
I think Brooks has a point here - and I never thought I would say that.

As to the size of the two protests, Jeff and I were talking today about how much easier it would be to protest in favor of the guys standing next to you with guns (i.e., Hezbollah and Syria) than against them, which might account to some extent for the larger turnout at the pro-Syria rally. But it doesn't account for it completely, so I guess we have to accept that the Hezzy is a political force, and perhaps dealing with it on those terms will prevent the need to blow shit up and shoot people.

But damn. Talk about negotiating with terrorists...


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