“We have no more dignity or honor,” Assir said during a prayer meeting last week, banging a fist on a lectern. “They keep violating our pride, but we will make them pay. We will make them walk around like crazy people talking to themselves.”
The audience erupted into wild cheers and clapping.
Lebanon has long been the battleground for regional rivalries. Many Lebanese accuse Syria in the assassination of former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri, a Sunni Muslim, in 2005, even though a U.N. investigation concluded that Hezbollah operatives carried out the attack.
As a result, the political scene has