According to the terms of the deal, Hezbollah will be given 11 seats in a 30-member cabinet — enough to exercise an effective veto over government policies, as the group had demanded. Army leader Gen. Michael Suleiman will be installed as president, a step the parties had agreed to months ago but which had been delayed by the dispute over cabinet seats and other issues…When Michael Totten wrote just a few days ago Lebanon will not become the next Gaza, he was comparing against Hamas' military victory over Fatah last year. As it turned out, Hezbollah won a political victory comparable to Hamas' coming to power back in 2006.
“We’ve won. We have got what we wanted,” said Ali Badran, a 47-year-old Hezbollah supporter who had joined a tent city erected in protest more than a year ago near the Lebanese parliament as the political crisis deepened. Though the protest encampment had dwindled to a symbolic few, it stood as a sign of Hezbollah’s support in the country’s large Shiite community.
“We were victorious over the American and Zionist project.”
And the threat of another Israel-Hezbollah war looms larger.