American diplomacy – Beirut

I’m not sure how we could have screwed this up any more.  The uneasy peace was lasting between Lebanon and Israel.  Then we told them that kicking some tail in Lebanon would be a cake walk (It is Lebanon not Iran.  Nothing.)  Well, it was anything but a cakewalk.  The violence has only stopped long enough in the last year or so to bury the dead and re-load the rocket launchers. 

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From NYT:

A powerful bomb exploded at a popular seaside club here on Wednesday, killing a prominent lawmaker and nine other people. It was the deadliest in a string of recent explosions that have rattled this city and shaken its fragile sense of stability.

The bomb, which security authorities say they believe was hidden inside a parked car, exploded as Walid Eido, a Sunni member of Parliament and an outspoken critic of Syria, drove by. He was killed instantly, along with his son and two bodyguards, and six passers-by.

The blast occurred near a crowded amusement park along the Mediterranean; it destroyed an adjacent building and shattered windows nearby at a time when sunbathers and swimmers were returning home from a day at the beach. (more…)