Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

March 17, 2005

Syria Agents Abandon HQ in Lebanon

Filed under: — Different River @ 8:06 pm

This reminds me of the fall of the Berlin Wall:

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) – Syrian intelligence agents ended their 18-year presence in Beirut on Wednesday, and emboldened residents of the capital came forward to celebrate. Some kissed the ground and others wept, wandering the basement cellblock at the headquarters and describing torture there.

Joumana Tabbara, a woman who lives across the street, waved from her balcony as she watched the agents pack up and go.

After they left, she went to the basement jail, holding a picture of slain former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the icon of the anti-Syrian opposition. She leaned against the doorway of a cell and started crying. She refused to say why.

Others were forthright. “It’s a feast and great joy for me today because they’re gone. I consider that Lebanon was born today with its liberation from Syrian forces,” said Imad Seifeddine, a 47-year-old blacksmith.

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