Two Lebanons: Throngs mourn 'fallen leader' while Pro-West factions remember Hariri

Hariri poster

A poster of assassinated former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri (L) and his son Saad hangs from a building in Beirut. (AFP/Ramzi Haidar)

It’s almost like a scene from West Side Story, only there’s no intermission. On one side, we see the Shi’ites wailing for the loss of their leader (a terrorist by Western standards). On the other, we see the anti-Syria, pro-West majority, who hope the Hariri remembrance will force Syria’s hand. Meanwhile, we have Israeli forces mustered to the border with Lebanon (and ‘elsewhere’) just in case. And, if that weren’t enough, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki arrived in Beirut at noon Thursday. Shakespeare couldn’t write it better. Sadly, these dramatic components may well play out in a bloody tale — keep both eyes on Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. — PID

Feb 14, 2008 (JERUSALEM POST) — Throngs of Lebanese were turning out Thursday for two opposing Beirut gatherings – Shi’ite Muslims supporters of Hizbullah to bid farewell to its slain top commander Imad Mughniyeh, and their pro-Western opponents at a downtown square to mark former prime minister Rafik Hariri’s 2005 assassination. Full Report