A seldom-noted arena of the global jihad is the gradual Islamization and the ongoing Syrian occupation of Lebanon. From AP, with thanks to Kemaste:
BEIRUT, Lebanon – Thousands of Lebanese students and activists defied government warnings Friday and demonstrated against Syria’s domination of their country.
Large numbers of security forces watched, but did not intervene, as about 3,000 students from several universities and right-wing Christian activists converged on downtown Beirut shouting “Syrians out!”
Right-wing? It seems as if anyone, anyone at all, who stands up to the jihad in any way, shape, or form, must be branded by the media as “right-wing” — including even the late politician and open homosexual Pim Fortuyn, and the latest high-profile Dutch victim of jihad, the iconoclastic, all-purpose gadfly Theo van Gogh.
One demonstrator appealed to the U.S. president, holding a placard that read: “Bush help us save Lebanon.”
Another dressed up as Osama bin Laden but with the words “Syrian Terror” on his chest. He held a toy gun to the head of a protester who was wrapped in the Lebanese flag….
The protests were called by opposition leader Gen. Michel Aoun to mark the anniversary of Lebanon’s independence on Tuesday. A former commander of the army, Aoun has been in exile in France since losing a military campaign against the Syrian forces in Lebanon in the early 1990s.
Prominent members of the opposition had warned the government against using force to stop the protests, saying the world is watching. Previous protests against Syria have ended in violent clashes in the streets.
Protesters have been buoyed by U.N. and U.S. pressure against Syria in recent months. In September, the United States and France steered Resolution 1559 through the U.N. Security Council. It effectively demanded that Syria withdraw its forces from Lebanon and allow Lebanese presidential elections to take place as scheduled….
Resolution 1559 also calls on the Lebanese government to dismantle the Hezbollah guerrilla group, which is on a U.S. list of terrorist organizations.…
Hezbollah slammed the ambassador for his “insolent and blatant” interference in Lebanese affairs.
“If the Americans think that the qualities of terrorism apply to Hezbollah, then this is an honor badge from the Great Satan (U.S.) that we are proud of,” Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said Friday.