In Progress: Heavy Gunfire, Prime Minister Office Stormed In Beirut

Tyler Durden's picture

Yesterday we made it very clear why with the Turkey provocation avenue to further Middle East escalation rapidly closing, the one pathway left is Lebanon. Sure enough, today the escalation playbook is firmly in play - from Reuters: "Heavy gunfire erupted in central Beirut on Sunday after protesters tried to storm the offices of Prime Minister Najib Mikati, demanding that he quit over the assasination of a top intelligence official. An official said security forces had fired in the air. Witnesses said at least two protesters had fainted, apparently as a result of tear gas fired by security forces after protesters breached an outer barrier around the prime minister's offices. Hundreds of protesters, waving flags from the anti-Syrian opposition Future Movement - a mainly Sunni Muslim party - and Christian Lebanese Forces as well as black Islamist flags, marched on Mikati's offices after the funeral of Wissam al-Hassan."

When in doubt blame Syria: after all the horribly split US congress needs some flag to rally behind two months ahead of a decision that will force it to come up with a grand compromise which in the absence of a foreign conflict (and a third presidential debate precisely forcusing on US foreing policy), just isn't happening: "They accused Syria of being behind Hassan's killing and called for Mikati to resign."

Supposedly this means Syria took some time off from its busy daily schedule of provoking Turkey and NATO, and lobbing artillery shells into Turkish territory fully aware it (any by it we mean 'flip-flops on the ground' sponsored branches Al Qaeda operating in its territory of course) is playing with a fully blown Western world retaliation.

Finally, as a reminder - this is the regional sectarian powder keg just waiting for a "someone" to drop a lit match...

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nmewn's picture

Wait for it...wait for it...

bigdumbnugly's picture

the Shiite is about to hit the fan?

THX 1178's picture

"Now a day be as dense as a decade."  --Joyce

Popo's picture

Tyler - FYI

Things are heating up in the S.China Sea

Interesting times...



john39's picture

gotta have a war, somewhere... everwhere...  that way we can save the world by killing everyone- NWO.

economics9698's picture

Just wait till someone drops a match on the American regional sectarian powder keg.  When that happens the middle east will look like the Garden of Eden.

Gully Foyle's picture


White people in the US only riot after sporting events.

Even then they tend to be the young and intoxicated.

Show me a bunch of seniors on a looting rampage because their Social Security didn't receive its yearly COLA raise.

Conman's picture

Will they riot after SS is run dry?

To answer that, ask yourself that. since you will be the senior when it does run dry. Then ask yourself would you be any less pissed at 67 than today?

Gully Foyle's picture


It will not run dry for the elderly.

Young people are fucked.

The elderly vote and you need to maintain the illusion that your vote counts.

Both Clinton and Obama fucked with SS. Obama had no increase until this year 2012 and mentions a small increase for 2013.

Bush gave one of the largest increases in quite a while.

Do you think that was out of the kindness of his heart?

jekyll island's picture

Why do you assume it will be the white man rioting?

Gully Foyle's picture


No, you have to have tension everywhere.

If people are in a constant of fear, and fuck we do need to capitalize on the Mayan thing, they are much easier to manipulate.

LongSoupLine's picture

the Shiite is about to hit the fan?



real Sunni.

Gully Foyle's picture

"Witnesses said at least two protesters had fainted"


The rest of the world has been self immolating.

Bring on the fire bitches, bring on the fire!

Popo's picture

Please stop abusing bold face.  

Insideher Trading's picture

omg omg omg

buy sell oil...UST's, no short europe it's closer.

oh this is normal for that region? nvmd.

got it. thanks for letting me work this out in public.

Bush's fault.

roadhazard's picture

You got the last one partially right. Just add every Prez since Ike.

thomasincincy's picture

In those multiple videos that were posted here a few days ago. See the one where Bush slightly pumps his fist where he says everyone in the US should own a home. He knows it's BS and doesn't like it

dick cheneys ghost's picture

They hate us for our Currency

LawsofPhysics's picture

"They hate our currency" - fixed.

Gully Foyle's picture


Is it the AC part they hate or the streamlined appliance plugs?

LawsofPhysics's picture

Please, wake the fuck up, all fiat currency is an illusion, paper promises, nothing more.  Until the issue of rampant fraud, corruption, and a complete lack of real consequences for bad behavior at all levels of society is addressed, nothing will change.

JustObserving's picture

They hate us for our Currency

It makes perfect sense.  If the US dollar were based on gold, we would be bankrupt by the $3.7 trillion spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  There world be no money for new wars in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Syria and Libya. Could we afford 30,000 drones to patrol our own skies and tens of billions for homeland security?  Peace and prosperity and personal liberty would break out.

The Vietnam war, which was much cheaper than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, caused the US to move off the gold standard - and onto the era of permanent expensive wars since there was no limit to the number of wars that can be funded by printing by the Fed.

Now US debt stands at $16.2 trillion and unfunded liabilities at $121 trillion (no politician dare touch Medicare and Social Security - so these liabilities are real) and they grow at $8.4 trillion a year.  It is our currency that allows us to be the global cop with military presence in 130 countries (Ron Paul says U.S. has military personnel in 130 nations and 900 overseas bases)

Stop printing by the Fed and you will stop many of the wars on this planet.  But, of course, the mammoth profits of war will be gone (3000 helicopters in Vietnam and $400 gallon a gas in Afghanistan).  But in the land of the free, your decisions are made for you.  The printing and the wars will continue until the system collapses.

flapdoodle's picture

What we need is a nice, cheap war. Let's invade Canada! They've got lots of oil too...

breezer1's picture

Don't need to. You already control our politicians and our oil.

jekyll island's picture

I say let's get Mexico. It has abetter climate and most of their population is in the US already.

LongSoupLine's picture

plus, all our firearms are already there thanks to Holder and BarryO.

jonjon831983's picture

No need, US has plenty of oil.  Invade Alaska.

Gully Foyle's picture


Dude, currency is an illusion.

Anything from bottlecaps to Cowries shells can be used as currency.

The finances of  nations are not related to real world rescources.

It is based on numbers on a server and those can be infinite.

The only time those fictitious numbers ever enter the real world is when a nation demands your assets.

Look to WOW or Diablo 3 as the model, except instead of credit card numbers purchasing flaming swords it is the physical home you live in but never own due to taxation.

JustObserving's picture

currency is an illusion.

Mao said "power comes from the barrel of a gun."  Nowadays, power, or fiat currency strength, comes from the ability to bomb and wage war.

Fiat currency is now an illusion supported by the ability to wage war and murder millions at will.


pavman's picture

Anything from bottlecaps ... can be used as currency.

I've been prepping by replaying the Fallout games so I know what to expect.

q99x2's picture

Banksters did it. When I couldn't find my keys yesterday I knew the banksters took them. And when my student money did not come in I knew they did that too. And when my medicine from my health insurance was no longer covered that was because the banksters want people to die. And if I didn't get it all worked out I would be going to the banksters to find out what's up because they are behind just about everything evil that can be imagined. And to make a long story short by way of reference to symbolism Satan is behind the banksters actions. Actually it is genetically based and manifests during certain, specific, enviromental conditions.

kliguy38's picture

Send Hitlary in to show um we have balls.....just make sure you hide your good lookin' women first.

VonManstein's picture

Silver Vs Golds weekly moving averages. Strong relationship good for perspective. Clearing 100SMA (40/41/42$) looks like moonshot breakout. 300SMA (30$) looks like solid support.

What you guys think?

LeisureSmith's picture

It wasn't me, it was the "other" guys.


h0oS's picture

I think if we haven't already reached a point where the probability of unintended consequences is higher than intended consequences that we've probably just arrived at that point. Thanks for destabilising you can have a destabilised Israel in return. 

Bye bye fiat toilet paper.

buzzsaw99's picture

Bay Root? I thought R. Raygun fixed that already.

The Gooch's picture

"Machine guns blaring and arabs staring"

"It will happen again"

NAKED RAYGUN - "Rat Patrol" -

Col_Sanders's picture

Had to log in so I could Up-Arrow one of my favorite eighties punk bands...

How 'bout this one:

Water Is Wet's picture

Regarding the fiscal cliff, I think there will be a deal, especially if Romney wins.  First, Obama already said defense contractors could ignore the WARN laws, which to me means he is going to compromise and not cut military spending.  Second, if Romney wins, the Republicans will want to raise the debt ceiling as much as possible while Obama is still in office so they can say it is Obama's fault and Romney won't have to face the scrutiny of raising the debt ceiling for a while.

steelrules's picture

Not a shread of evidence the bombing was done by Syria yet all the media says it's Syria, while the the general that was killed Hassan had ferreted out numerous Israeli spys in Lebanon.

Mossad not Assad.

jtg's picture

Pick your favority demon and blame it.

SWIFT 760's picture

Yup. The kikenvermin mossad and al CIA duh working overtime to make israel appear the "stable democracy". This shit is getting so predictable. 

PUD's picture

Once again religion proves to be the substance that poisons everything. Bronze age superstitions and tribal loyalties willing to kill anyone in defense of their barbaric beliefs. On a hopeful note however...his holiness the pope crowns 7 misfits with sainthood in the hopes of winning converts from the dumbed down masses. He even goes so far as to anoint a mohawk lady from the 1600's who proved herself by putting burning coals between her toes and sleeping on a bed of thorns. We are so fucked.

flaunt's picture

Religion and government are both superstitions that will go extinct in unison.  What a day that will be... Far, far in the future.