Things are afoot in Lebanon. Rather than spend time debating the level of credit Bush should get or the potential impact of Hezbollah siding with Syria I am going to spend some time on the real issue:
Those Lebanese protesters are hot. Pictures here. Then there's this week's covers of Newsweek, The Weekly Standard and the Economist. Slate's Well-Traveled declares that "Even Flirting Is Political in Beirut." This got me thinking. In this hyper-media age really good-looking protesters are very important. You saw the same thing during the Ukrainian Orange Revolution - 50,000 people in the streets and the really photogenic ones, with a backdrop of flags and protest signs get beamed all over the world. In the language of campaign types it "gets the message out." The whole world loves hot chicks so you get world opinion behind you and that can really matter. Hezbollah better counter with good-looking pro-Syrian protesters and not masked gunmen or they will lose world opinion. Future democratic revolutionaries take note. The key to protest in the 21st century will be the photo. Get your flag, your signs, put your hot women out front and change the world.