U.S. intelligence officials agreed it was too soon to start releasing manufactured evidence that attempted to implicate the Syrians. "You don't want to throw your pre-fab shit out there too soon. Its a world in flux. Who knows tomorrow it might be more beneficial to lie and say we have evidence the Libyans or the Iranians did it," offered CIA operative and long time pastry chef at the Chez C-4, Max Purgy.
The lesson in all of this is that as important as the demonstrations may be, those not demonstrating and their views must be factored by policy makers into the complex equation of how to move Lebanon forward. While it has become clear that the Syrian military presence in Lebanon has run its course, a Syrian withdrawal by itself doesn’t solve the Lebanon puzzle. Intense U.S. pressure to implement the other half of 1559 may provoke counter-demonstrations that fragile Lebanon may not be able to easily digest.
A cautionary note: before we begin celebrating falling dominos and claiming credit for them, it is important to know where they might fall and what might come after they land.
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