BEIRUT: The center of Beirut was packed Sunday with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators, pressing their call for the government to resign in a jubilant mass of protest and carnival.
And inside the prime minister's office, on a hill overlooking that joyful, pulsing crowd, officials acted as though all were normal, though they were having trouble understanding what was happening on the street outside.
"I don't understand what is this great cause that is making them create this tense political mess and stage open- ended demonstrations," Prime Minister Fouad Sinoria said.
Could it be that Pallywood was filming a new propaganda project? I think it's a valid question. We have seen their techniques before. But, what if it's not?
The opposition, led by the militant Islamic group Hezbollah, is continuing to press hard, staging demonstrations that have already proved its ability to mobilize and motivate large crowds, with the sheer numbers alone calling into question the legitimacy of the U.S.- backed government.
They have shown they can take out pretty much whoever they want in Lebanon, by killing them. Very few people are safe. That, in itself, is an intimidating factor. But now they can call mass rallies/street parties to demonstrate for supposedly no good reason?
I guess the world is ready for more bloodshed, because we have all of the signs that the Saudi king was right. We see them, yet we become resigned to the fact that there is nothing that can be done to stop the growth of violent organizations.
Somewhere, somehow, if there is ever to be peace in the Middle East, these people are going to have to choose the path of peace. They are going to have to recognize the state of Israel, then they are going to have to put down their arms and talk, with them.
There is no way this can be solved, in any other way. If this doesn't happen, you can talk about the possible deals and scenarios all day long. This will never get to any true resolution, if it doesn't happen. It must get to this point, before anything else will ever work.