It's Raining Bullets And Explosions In Beirut
Dissatisfied with the actions of the Lebanon’s government, Hezbollah has “declared war.” As a result, a bloody power struggle has erupted between Hezbollah and other factions through the streets of Beirut. It is one bloody fight where the combatants are fighting with small arms and explosives. Luckily, the intense fighting is only limited to the Shiite and Sunni Arab Muslim neighborhoods of Beirut. However, the violence could escalate outside those neighborhoods.
The declaration of war was triggered when the government banned Hezbollah’s telecommunication’s system. Due to what is happening now in Beirut, it gives the indication that Hezbollah is not satisfied. To them, banning their telecommunications system is an act of war. However, Hezbollah placed the blame on the government saying that the war was its fault.
The government deemed the system to be illegal because it was unmonitored.
According to Cal Perry of CNN, he and his crew were pinned down in the gunfire. He explains that the Lebanese military will not intervene in the midst of the violence and rain of gunfire.
Since the United States backs Lebanon’s current government, it is highly likely that this will end up becoming a topic for this year’s presidential elections. Since Iraq and national security have been the main platforms to presumed GOP nominee Senator John McCain’s campaign, this could possibly give him a much needed edge over the eventual Democratic nominee.
Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are still fighting it out for the Democratic nomination.
But, this may give an opportunity for McCain to tie this into his platforms of Iraq and national security.
Also, this could further add to the strains between US/Syria relations.
Tags: Lebanon , United States , Syria , Beirut , Hezbollah , Mccain
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