Lebanon moved closer to the brink over the weekend. Jamil al-Sayyed, the former head of Lebanon's General Security Directorate, and who spent four years in prison without charges in the Hariri assassination investigation, has been attacking Sa‘d Hariri and his Mustaqbal movement for supporting "false witnesses" against him. Until this weekend many had dismissed Sayyed's rhetoric as his own vendetta, representing neither Syria nor Hizbullah, his sometime allies. This weekend, however, he returned to Beirut, throwing down the gauntlet to enemies; amid threats that he might be arrested, Hizbullah met him at the airport with an armed escort in what their opponents called an "invasion" of the airport; he gave a press conference after commandeering the VIP Lounge, and Hizbullah then escorted him to his home. It would appear that Hizbullah, still apprehensive about expected Special Tribunal for Lebanon indictments of some of its members, is prepared to risk open confrontation.
General Sayyed's defiant return has a whiff of Mussolini's March on Rome in it; once one of the most powerful security men in the country, he could be a potent allly for Hizbullah in any new confrontation.
It's a trying time for Lebanon right now, and misjudgments can easily lead to violence.
Qifa Nabki here.