How could anybody in Lebanon make a defense of the Syrian regime anymore? I mean, really. Here is a regime that used to justify its military presence on Lebanon on grounds of military-strategic needs of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and here is a regime which has defense treaties with Lebanon. And look at it. The Asad family can care less about the destruction of Lebanon as long as they remain in power. (Of course, the wonderful Syrian people are a whole different matter. They have ignored the blatant racist anti-Syrian manifestations of Lebanonese demonstrators and politicians and have welcomed with open arms Lebanese refugees).