Though Lebanon may be shielded from some of the harshest Islamic State attacks by government-controlled territories along its border with Syria, there’s one thing it can’t protect itself against: the creeping number of war refugees who are flooding into this more-stable neighbor. Some estimates put as many as 2 million Syrian refugees (about half registered, half not) in the small country, meaning that a fifth of the country’s residents now are Syrian citizens — and Lebanon has just about had enough. New border-crossers will need a time-limited visa and will be asked to state a specific purpose for their visit, though it’s not clear how (or whether) asylum claims will work under the new rules.
Facebook didn’t tiptoe to avoid poking the bear on the left. They went right up to the bear and stabbed it repeatedly. And then goaded the right’s bear to join in the stabbing.
The power of leftist outrage mobs has been well-discussed. The power of conservative outrage mobs to affect corporate and political policy, even from left-leaning organizations, is arguably less acknowledged.
In no small part to placate the right, the liberal company Facebook misled the nation again and again about the nature of Russian interference in the election. They repeatedly fed right wing conspiracies while waving away criticism from the left. It’s hard to see how an ardently Trumpist company could do much better.