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And the [in]significance of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
 
11/26/2020
 

A Second ‘Cedar Revolution’ in Lebanon?

And the [in]significance of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

BY BRENT NAGTEGAAL

JERUSALEM
This week saw the continuation of anti-government protests in Lebanon. These are the largest protests in the past 15 years. Back then, those protests led to the Cedar Revolution, which successfully removed Syrian influence from Lebanon. However, as fate would have it, the time since that revolution has seen Syria be replaced by Iran. Iran became the dominant outside factor in Lebanon, through the use of its proxy Hezbollah.

These current protests, which are more generally against selfish government policy, poor living quality, and proposed tax hikes, also have Hezbollah worried that its grip on power might be weakening. The protesters are calling for the whole political system to be overthrown, and that includes Hezbollah.

It’s possible we are on the verge of a second Cedar Revolution in Lebanon, one that would remove Iran’s grip on the nation.

 
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