February 10, 2006
Lebanon Shaken by Cartoon Furor
BY Kate Seelye
A young woman in the Christian area of Achrafieh returns to her car, which was smashed along with hundreds of others during Muslim rioting.
It's not every day that bands of angry men waving green Islamic flags jog up my quiet Beirut street shouting "God is great." But the morning of Sunday, February 5, fifty or so men and a few women ran beneath my balcony, in this predominantly Christian neighborhood, past my local bar, and up to the main street, where I catch my taxis.
I had just woken up and was struggling to make sense of what I'd seen. Lebanon is a highly sectarian country and while Muslims and Christians mix, they certainly don't go running through each other's neighborhoods unless they are trying to provoke.