Claudia Rosett provides a concise summary of events in Lebanon in today’s edition of NRO. Of course, as dire as the situation appears, we can rest easy knowing that Hezbollah is conducting its operations under the watchful eyes of UNIFIL (*snicker*). With its $713 million annual budget, at least UNIFIL is doing its part in supporting the local economy. Here’s the link…

The Iranian Connection – What’s wrong in Lebanon.

For my money, here’s the “nut graph” in Ms Rosett’s story…

“The truth is that there will be no salvation for Lebanon until there is regime change in Iran. One might dicker over whether an end to the regime in Damascus might suffice, especially given the strong ties that inspire Hezbollah to decorate its rallies in Lebanon with posters of Syrian President Bashar Assad. But the epicenter of the problem; the prime boot camp where Hezbollah foot-soldiers go for indoctrination and terrorist training; the oil-rich moneybags and top dog among this transnational pack of thugs, is the regime of Iran. Until it goes, Hezbollah will have the resources, the safe havens, and the incentive to press on with its role as Iran’s proxy force on Israel’s northern border, and sharp stick in the eye of a White House that hailed and tried to support Lebanon’s 2005 Cedar Revolution.”


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