Michael Totten

Lebanon Heats Up

Lebanese Sunnis are blocking roads and burning tires to protest what they say is a coup d’etat by Hezbollah. Saad Hariri most likely won’t be prime minister for very much longer, not because he lost an election but because Hezbollah is threatening his allies and pressuring them to throw their “support” behind a pro-Syrian replacement.

No community in Lebanon is allowed to select or de-select the leader of a different community, yet an Iranian-backed Shia militia is now poised to do both to the Sunnis. They are not going to tolerate the removal of Hariri as their zaim, especially not at a time when the United Nations is about to indict Hezbollah for car-bombing his father.

I can practically hear Lebanese Sunnis locking and loading from here.