"Walid Jumblatt, the Druse politician whose votes proved crucial in electing Mr. Miqati, said Mr. Hariri had failed 'to see the realities on the ground'." - NYTimes// The fall of Lebanon into the hands of Hizballah was not foreordained at all. Saad Hariri is the chief Sunni politician in Lebanon, in a country where chiefs are followed by the masses of their sect. So how did he lose the prime-ministership, and how did the US lose while the Syria-Iran axis won? As Walid Jumblatt is saying, there is a reality on the ground. That reality is that Hizballah is a strong militia, being pushed to the corner by the UN investigation of Papa Hariri's assassination and determined to prevent a trial where it might be found guilty. One option for Hizballah was to try and take over Lebanon by force, which would have sparked a new civil war. The Druze had nothing to gain from such a civil war. They opted to prevent it. Indeed, Saad Hariri himself understood the situation and at some point agreed to pull Lebanon out of the international court (which might have put an end to it). And then came the US on a white horse, bearing the gift of "justice for all". Obama and Hillary pressured Hariri to stick with "justice". (In fact, they astonishingly continued with that line even AFTER the Hariri government fell.) Hariri complied, so the Druze had to bring him down in order to prevent the catastrophe that the US was engineeing. The rest is history. Basic lesson for all doctors and diplomats: If the cure has side effects that are worse than the disease, don't use it. So trivial for doctors, so hard for lawyers who specialize in justice. The truly sad thing is that the consequences were so obvious from the start.
Egypt to hold parliamentary election in 2 phases starting Oct 18-19 (Reuters)
from the article: Report: Five Hezbollah members to be indicted in Hariri assassination