Unrest continues in Lebanon after last Friday's car-bomb murder in Beirut of a senior Lebanese intelligence officer.
He was responsible for the arrest this past summer of a former minister who was a strong Lebanese supporter of the present Syrian regime.
He also played a prominent role in the investigation of the 2005 murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, which led to the indictment-in-abstentia of four senior Hezbollah members.
Hezbollah appears to be continuing to do the Syrians' dirty work in Lebanon. But not only in Lebanon, but in Syria as well.
They are sending a message of toughness. They are showing that even if things go from bad to worse for the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – it wont hurt them, their influence, or their capabilities.
What doesn't get reported on a lot in the western press is the irony in this Syrian conflict – 'perspective'.
The majority of the Syrian people lived 'modern' lives with an influence of western culture before things deteriorated.
Many are fighting now because they refuse to march backwards to radical Islam.
They don't want their lifestyles choked, minorities don't want to be degraded, and women don't want the severe restrictions of Sharia law.
Their perspective is that they are fighting for their freedom from religious constraints, which Assad promises them.
Alternatively, the rebel's message is about revenge against the regime and Sharia law.
Middle East Correspondent