So the first numbers are strating to come in, they range from 800 000 to 1 000 000. Since people are still pouring in it seems obvious that the demonstrations will soon reach the historical proportions of the famous march 14 and maybe more.
We are witnessing the same popular will today to topple the government than to push Syrian troops out of the country in 2005. If we believe international press (see Le Monde who used to be a good news paper in France but is mutating into one of the worst Mid-East propagandist, or Haaretz who talks about “Hezbollah and its
pro-Syrian allies”) it is a pro-syrian demonstration. Equally the so-called “majority” uses the same rhetoric: Hariri who seems to be playing the same tape he bought in some ranch in Texas over and over again declares “We will not accept to be part of an axis of Syria and Iran”. Of course thay do not address the other main points of the opposition’s requisitory such as corruption, breaches to the constitution, biaised electoral laws or the absence of any counter power to the current governement that goes against all principles of democracy.
So if we believe all these rethorical discourses and propagandist press articles we have today as many people demonstrating for Syria as we had people demonstrating against it in 2005. Are Lebanese people so schyzophrenic? Allow me to doubt that. If there is a pro-syrian constituent in the rally (the numbers must approach 200 000 based on the march 8 demonstration minus all those who actually turned out to be Syrians on that date, so we are left with 6 to 800 000 who share other beliefs), it is sureley not enough to call the whole thing “pro-syrian”. Or else I need some kind of explanation as to how Syria was able to attract more people now that it’s grip on Lebanon has softened then when it’s army was still around.