Facing massive demonstrations in the streets, Lebanon’s pro-Syrian Prime Minister Omar Karimi resigned and dissolved his government this week. Meanwhile, a united Sunni, Shiite and Christian opposition is calling on Syria to remove its 14,000 troops from the country, a call backed up by Secretary of State Condi Rice and French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier at a joint London press conference.
Two days later, President Bush told students at a junior college in Maryland: “The world is speaking with one voice when it comes to making sure that democracy has a chance to flourish in Lebanon and throughout the greater Middle East. And when democracies take hold, the world becomes more peaceful; the world becomes a better place for our children and our grandchildren. So I look forward to continuing to work with friends and allies to advance freedom–not America’s freedom, but universal freedom, freedom granted by a Higher Being.”