Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Lebanese Support the Troops

From the Globe and Mail, and another front in the War on Terror:

Poorly equipped and too small to face all of the challenges it
suddenly must confront, the Lebanese army has nonetheless become a rallying
point in this fractious country, seemingly the one thing that the country's
myriad political factions unabashedly support. Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, two men who agree on little else, have been
tripping over each other to more fulsomely praise the troops, though they differ
strongly on how they should be deployed...Now, with the army standing as one of
the few unifying forces in the country - separating pro- and anti-government
forces while battling the Islamic militants on two fronts - the U.S. and
Lebanon's Arab allies are rushing it planeloads of ammunition and other

That's good news, but isn't it interesting that modern day armies seem to be the only institutions these days ( as opposed to legislatures, judges, the Media, religion) not falling apart and enjoying the support of the populace? Doesn't bode well for the future of democracy.