It has begun. Moments after Bashar al-Assad's semi-convincing speech, Syrian allies in Lebanon (I still shiver with disgust when I picture such a thing) rallied in Beirut, armed, and moving around the town in threatening fashion. Syrian Baath Lebanese branch (oxymoronic, isn't it), Amal party, and Syrian Nationalistic party joined hand in hand with Syrian workers and Intelligence agents, armed to the teeth, carrying pictures of al-Assad and staged small marches.
In Sassine square, Ashrafieh, a vehicle containing people from this group opened fire, shooting in the air, into shop windows and at the feet of unarmed, civilian protesters.
The Syrian dictator warned that a Syrian withdrawal might lead to civil war once again, now, it seems he's working hard to make sure his warning materializes.
I will be updating this to my blog as I learn of new developments.