Problem is his followers. I’ve said it before; the majority are reasonable people, who have no desire for war, conflict or fighting. It’s that itty bitty little group of young guns, who only know about the civil war from stories recounted on hot summer evenings, as in ‘remember when . . . ?”
They’ve already gotten into a cheap fist fight in East-Beirut, those young guns. It was between christians and christians over (do I dare mention it?) the hanging of a poster. Now it is the shia young guns, who are pissed off with the sunni, and the christians and lord knows who else. (Well, I've told my parents (91 and 85) that tomorrow may not be such a good day to wander all over town like they did today. Can you imagine the headlines? 'Dutch eldery couple caught in sectarian fighting in Beirut; Army has to step in to safe the unlucky tourists'. "Okay," replied my Dad, "I guess I will paint your balcony then."
So let’s see which way we are going to go tomorrow. Right or wrong? The newspaper wants 500 words of atmosphere. Guess that is not going to be a problem; the tension is at highest.