If we're talking about Lebanon then Syria has played a more negative role in Lebanon than the US, and was actively suffocating Lebanon's democracy even though the Lebanese people have clearly chosen this as their preferred form of government. Imposing democracy on Iraq led to chaos and slaughter, but that is no excuse for "guaranteeing" stability in Lebanon by imposing corrosive dictatorial rule. What Assad is doing now is called extortion. "You know, if that tribunal indicts the wrong people, Lebanon could become a real dangerous place, know what I mean?" Not to mention that Syria has a varying degree of influence over the myriad armed extra-governmental groups in the region. So does the US over the region's myriad brutal dictators, but if we're talking regional stability, I think that despite recent American excesses, Syria alone and in alliance with Iran cause if not larger then more intentional destabilization. The two believe a cycle of armed conflict with Israel will bring about a rearrangement of power in the ME, one that ushers in their dominance. For this conflict they've chosen Lebanon as the battlefield and are now pouring weapons into parts of that country, behind the back of that country's government, whom they keep paralyzed with fear. The Syrians have conspired and then left others to pay for it, just like they did to the Palestinians they are doing to the Lebanese now.
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