March 27, 2013

Syrian War Spilling Over into Lebanon

As much as I love the Lebanese people (and food!) if I've said it once I've said it a million times: when you allow a terrorist group to openly operate in your country it's kind of hard for me to feel sorry when the place goes to sh*t:

The Syrian civil war is spilling into the city of Tripoli, the second largest in Lebanon. Sunni Muslims in the poor neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh are at war with an Alawite militia in the adjacent hilltop neighborhood of Jebel Mohsen that supports Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Last week there was even a shootout at a hospital, of all places.

So far this is hardly original. What makes this conflict absurdly unusual is that segments of the Lebanese army are protecting both militias, and they’re doing so on behalf of a foreign government—Syria’s.

Michael Totten has a more thorough report here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:02 AM | Comments |