Tuesday, March 01, 2005

I Love This Picture...

This is a Lebanese girl in Beirut declaring victory over the Syrian-controlled government.
Most of the opposition protesters are Maronite Christians, who have long opposed Syria's role in Lebanon, Druze and some Sunni Muslims. Shi'ite Muslims, Lebanon's largest community, have mainly stayed away from the anti-Syrian rallies.
I think this is much more significant than it's being reported even so far. Christians and Muslims, working together to protest totalitarian and fundamentalist rule. Interesting the Sunni and Shi'ite seem to be on the opposite sides that they are in Iraq - maybe that lends credence to the fact that the whole split between the Muslim factions has nothing to do with religious custom and mostly to do with regionalism.

But more than that, it tells us that Christians and Muslims can work together toward a common good. That they can live, work and exist together without inevitable friction. Let's hope this is a sign of things to come...

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