Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Binocular Snapshot for 9/14/2010

LastDayWatchers you will continue to see the Coagulation of the Horns to congeal and solidify just as the May 15th Prophecy has written it down

Lebanese prime minister confirms Syria's renewed influence

"The Lebanese prime minister, Saad al-Hariri, created a stir with a forthright interview published on 6 September by Asharq Al-Awsat, the London-based Saudi daily. "At a certain point we made a mistake in accusing Syria of assassinating the martyred prime minister [his father, Rafiq al-Hariri]," he said. "This was a political accusation, and that political accusation has now come to an end."

A wave of anti-Syrian hostility swept through Lebanon after Rafiq was killed by a suicide truck bomber in Beirut in 2005. It threatened to end the influence of Damascus, a legacy of the 1975-90 civil war in Lebanon. At the time, Saad, who took over the leadership of his father's political party, blamed Syria for the killing, a stance endorsed by the US and France.

Five years later, the balance of power has shifted in Lebanon. These days the greatest cause of concern is the military might of the Shia movement Hezbollah, which is trained and controlled by Tehran."

A sweeping victory for Mr Erdogan

"Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Islamic-oriented Justice and Development Party, AKP, achieved a great victory over their secular opponents when they won Sunday’s referendum on constitutional amendments"

"The approved amendments would put an end to military control over most aspects of government in Turkey and lift the state of immunity off those who designed and perpetrated the 1980 military coup"

Turkey: A Referendum for Democracy or a Strongman?

"Turkish voters this weekend voted overwhelmingly in favor of several reforms to the constitution that include allowing officers of that era to be tried. And, on Monday, the day after the referendum, several rights groups filed petitions calling for Evren to be prosecuted"

"Whether or not the nonagenarian general is actually brought before a court (his age makes it unlikely), it is the symbolism that counts. The constitutional reforms won a 58% approval vote, a victory for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's"

"To extend civilian control over the military, a powerful behind-the-scenes force in Turkey that has staged four coups in as many decades in the name of stability and secularism"

"Nobody can stand in the way of Erdogan now," columnist Mehmet Yilmaz wrote Monday in the mainstream Hurriyet newspaper. "What Turkey will see now is a series of steps that will turn him into Putin."

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