Syria just pulled out of Lebanon — great news for Democracy in the Mideast. Here’s a good post on why Lebanon matters. Couple of good lines:

Most people who live here – but sadly not all – have had enough of hatred and sectarian violence. They desperately want to bury the past. They spent the last 15 years learning to tolerate one another without going on rampages. Now they are moving beyond mere tolerance and are learning to like each other.

…Lebanon’s civil war drew in four foreign powers: Syria, Iran, Israel, and the United States. Those four powers are still simmering in a state of cold war today. Naturally enough, the two that are ruled by dictatorships – Syria and Iran – are also state sponsors of terrorism.

P.S. I always think of Sergeant Maxwell Klinger whenever the subject of Lebanon comes up. I watched way too much TV as a kid.