I'm afraid Syria will cause problems inside Lebanon that will lead to them "justifying" their stay. This was my initial reaction to the fateful day of 14 February. Now I revert back to this initial reaction. How can we prevent this from happening?
I want to feel as though Lebanon is united. But I don't. A Lebanese opinion is somewhat like a snowflake, and I'm afraid the negative forces of Syrian intelligence and government (NOT the Syrian people) shall try to capitalize on this.
I was watching Al Jazeera earlier today. Dr. Asad AbuKhalil was on an interesting panel with men only ( I wonder why men only). There were some interesting views exchanged about whether or not it mattered that Lebanon was under Syrian or American control. The dear professor said that Lebanon has never had independence...and it has always been controlled by one party or another. I wonder if anybody else saw this debate. I think we need more of these debates on both television, in schools, and community centers...though we need them to include as many women as men. Sure, they may end up in screaming matches. But it's most healthy to get the anger out in constructive ways, rather than using violence.
On the subject of 'breaking Lebanon' something comes to mind. Neil MacFarquhar, an excellent reporter for the Times, writes this article. You might want to check it out. Here's a taster:
After a few moments, he leaned forward and described how the Syrian leader had threatened him, curtly ordering him to amend Lebanon's Constitution to give President Émile Lahoud, the man Syria used to block Mr. Hariri's every move, another three years in office.
"Bashar told him, 'Lahoud is me,' " Mr. Jumblatt recalled in an interview. "Bashar told Hariri: 'If you and Chirac want me out of Lebanon, I will break Lebanon.' " He was referring to the French president, Jacques Chirac.