Quenching the fires
The week's news at a glance.
Iran and Saudi Arabia took the lead this week in trying to mediate an end to Lebanons political crisis. Hezbollah, a Shiite militant party funded by Iran and Syria, paralyzed Lebanon last week with a violent strike, demanding more power within the government. Saudi King Abdullah invited Hezbollah leaders to talks, while a Saudi prince flew to Tehran to confer with the Iranians. Yet even if a deal is struck, Hezbollah might not obey Iranian dictates. Hezbollahs leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, said that an agreement between two governments does not bind the Lebanese, because the Lebanese must seek their own interests and not the interests of Saudi Arabia and Iran. Saudi Arabia has close ties with Lebanons governing Sunni elite.