Hariri and Hezbollah Face Off
Former Lebanese PM calls for protests on symbolic March 14
Yesterday, on the sixth anniversary of his father’s assassination, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who up until a month ago had governed with Hezbollah, announced that he would not join the unity cabinet put together by the new PM, the
Hezbollah stooge Hezbollah-backed Najib Mikati, but instead would join the official opposition. He furthermore called on Lebanon to respect the results of the U.N. tribunal investigating the death of his father, Rafik—a body believed to be preparing indictments not only against Syrian actors, as was originally assumed, but against Hezbollah officials who are themselves Lebanese—a much bigger P.R. problem for the Iran-backed indigenous Shiite group, which the Sunni Hariri accused of “lies, betrayal and lack of loyalty.”
Hariri called for mass protests in a month—on March 14, the day that 2005’s Cedar Revolution, which was prompted by outrage at the assassination, began, and the day that lent its name to Hariri’s movement. Expect a storm.