White House accuses Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah of plotting to overthrow Lebanese government
Oh, look, a November surprise. The White House is accusing Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah of plotting ot overthrow the government of Lebanon.
The White House said it was "increasingly concerned by mounting evidence that the Syrian and Iranian governments, Hezbollah, and their Lebanese allies are preparing plans to topple Lebanon's democratically-elected government.
"There are indications that one goal of the Syrian plan is to prevent the current Lebanese government from approving the statute for an international tribunal that would try those accused of involvement in former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination," the statement continued." [BBC]
How, exactly is Syria plotting to topple the government of Lebanon? By preventing the formation of an international tribunal from trying suspects accused of assasinating Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.
Hezbollah is holding street demos, urging the Lebanese government to hold elections.
The White House announcement came as the militant group Hezbollah threatened street protests to force early elections in Lebanon. Hezbollah is demanding creation of a "national unity" cabinet that would give the Islamic militants and their allies veto power over key decisions. [CNN]
That's right, if Lebanon doesn't hold early elections, Hezbollah will protest to demand early elections.
Hezbollah, a legal political party that already occupies two cabinet positions in Syria's coalition government, has sworn to legally agitate to change the government. The Hezbollah cabinet ministers might even resign to show how serious they are!
It's unclear exactly how Lebanese parliamentary politics constitutes an Iranian and Syrian plot to overthrow the government of Lebanon.
I think it's just George Bush's way of precluding any chance that Iran or Syria might be willing to help us get out or Iraq. Guess we'll just have to stay the course all by ourselves. Or maybe invade Iran to put a stop to this "plotting" once and for all.