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March 14, 2005

Democracy Has Decolletage

Ahem. It can't be coincidence that Instapundit keeps posting these. He would have been a good choice to snap the Ann Margaret USO tour pics in Full Metal Jacket. I'm quite sure we would have had some subtle low-angle stuff.

Not that I mind.

And from NRO: this is what you call a demonstration:

A while ago I bemoaned the fact that we conservatives don't have enough protest anthems of our own. With the world changing so quickly, it's time for an update to Jesus Jones' Right Here, Right Now.

Another Swipe From Instapundit: How did I miss this one?

Thanks to NickS for pointing out my loose shit.

An Actual Article to Go With the Cheesecake Pics: The New York Times is, strangely enough, covering this, and not even grudgingly:

Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese jammed the center of downtown Beirut today, packing its central square and spilling out onto the surrounding roads, in the largest demonstration yet demanding the withdrawal of all Syrian forces from the country.

Nearly every available space around the square was filled with people flying the Lebanese flag, in what was probably the largest demonstration ever seen in Lebanon.

In the main mosque, still under construction, demonstrators crammed the tiny balconies high up on the four minarets, balconies that the muezzin traditionally use to sing out the call to prayer.

A few daredevils inched their way out along the huge construction crane looming over the square to drape a flag at the end.

There have been rallies in the center of the city on every Monday since former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was killed four Mondays ago, on Feb. 14, but organizers were determined to make this one especially large as an answer the pro-Syrian march last Tuesday that also filled the downtown with hundreds of thousands of mostly Shiite demonstrators.

And the AP too:

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators chanted "Freedom, sovereignty, independence," and waved a sea of Lebanese flags in Beirut on Monday, the biggest anti-Syrian protest yet in the opposition's duel of street rallies with supporters of the Damascus-backed government.

Crowds of Druse, Christians and Sunni Muslims flooded Martyrs' Square and spilled over into nearby streets — responding to an opposition call to turn out for the removal of Syrian troops from Lebanon.

"We are coming to liberate our country. We are coming to demand the truth," said Fatma Trad, a veiled Sunni Muslim woman who traveled from the remote region of Dinniyeh in northern Lebanon to take part.

Andrew offers:

To paraphrase Jonah Goldberg: It appears that Lebanon is hell bent on a full tilt boogie for freedom and justice, and will NOT be denied.

You pull a knife, we pull a gun. You put one of our guys in the hospital? We put one of yours in a morgue.

You bring a couple hundred thousand in on buses from Syria? We'll bring in twice that number.

The fire's burning, it's getting hotter. Did you see Bashar's interview in TIME? He must be about ready to pass out right now. Time to get on the right side of history, or be history.

Full-Tilt Boogie? I'm more in the mind of Wang Dang Sweet Pootang.

I've got to say I'm finally becoming more comfortable with having given women the vote.


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