Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Cedar Revolution Update: So who was really at that rally?

I take everything I read in World Net Daily with about a teaspoon of salt (that's more than a grain, mind you). But these accusations, if they pan out, are interesting:
The giant Hezbollah rally that drew nearly half a million purported supporters of Syria's occupation of Lebanon included non-Lebanese citizens, Syrian workers, students and municipal employees coerced into joining the protest, former Lebanese Prime Minister Michel Aoun told WorldNetDaily in an exclusive interview this morning.

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"This was not a Lebanese showing, and many of those who actually were Lebanese were not there because they support Syria. We know that at least three Palestinian camps were present. And there are 700,000 Syrian workers inside Lebanon, many of whom are not even supposed to be there. They were urged by Syria to attend so it looks like many Lebanese are protesting. Plus Syria bused in their own citizens from Syria through the border into Lebanon to join the rally," [Aoun said].

Hizb'Allah is a coercive thug force in Lebanon, not wholly dissimilar from the IRA, Fatah, Hamas and other pseudo-political terrorist organizations in their respective host areas, so the notion that Hizb'Allah could scare people into attending its "demonstration" is certainly not farfetched. Similarly, I have heard this Syrian-busing accusation from more than one source.

C'mon Cedarites, rise and be free.

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