Hezbollah went into Beirut
and came out again once the government had backed off on its plans to dismantle
its communications network. Although powerful, the Hezbollah leaders are only
interested in maintaining their share of power. They are not interested, and
are incapable of, solving the real problems facing the masses.
Last year's war in Lebanon ended in defeat for Israel, but it also shook up Lebanese society. The general strike that took place shortly afterwards is testimony to this fact. Luke Wilson interviewed a student activist in Beirut on how he sees the situation now.
The killing taking place in a Palestinian refugee camp in
northern Lebanon is now being added to the long list of barbaric acts the
masses have had to suffer in that country. But what is behind all this? Why for
instance is the US
government preparing to send millions of dollars to the Lebanese army to crush
a tiny group of Islamic militants?
On Sunday up to two million people came out onto the streets
in the largest demonstration in the history of this small country. The protest
was aimed against the Siniora government, which now stands exposed as a
government with no support among the population. The people of Lebanon want
genuine change, but who is going to offer it to them?
There is much myth-making about what is
happening in Lebanon. But what is the truth, what really lies behind the
periodic breakdown into internecine civil war? Lebanon faces the real danger
today of renewed civil war. The source of this conflict, however, lies mainly
beyond its borders.
Another assassination in Lebanon, and yet again
the question is posed of who was behind it. We cannot say with certainty who
was responsible, but we can say who benefits from it: the Bush administration.