Masses of people have descended on Beirut and set up camp with the explicit aim of forcing the government out of office. They are angry at a government which let them down during the savage Israeli punitive strikes this autumn and fear that it will not protect them against future Israeli expansionist ambitions. They accuse Siniora, helped into office 18 months ago during popular protests promoted by Western nations, of being pro-Western and anti-Syrian. Since Israel was defeated in the Lebanon the public mood has swung in favour of Hizbollah.
For those whose attention span is longer than the day's CNN headlines, the "orange revolution" in the Ukraine a year ago immediately comes to mind. Popular protests of people camping in the capital Kiev vowed to force the just elected government out of office, stating that the elections were rigged. The US, Britain and other European nations hailed this as an expression of popular democracy, and when the demonstrations, supported and financed by the West, finally succeeded they opened the doors for Western banks and businesses to enter this former Soviet controlled country in what "The Banker" described as a gold rush.
One should therefore think that the US and EU would also welcome the voice of the people in the Lebanon as a milestone on the road of Middle Eastern democracy. Instead, the demonstrations were denounced as "threats of intimidation and violence" by the US, and its UN ambassador John Bolton called it "part of the Iran-Syria inspired coup". As with the Palestinian elections in favour of Hamas, the people of the Middle East have once more misunderstood the concept of Western democracy and voted for the wrong side. In Western democracy you are free to vote for the right parties only, those safeguarding the interests of the West.
UK foreign secretary Margaret Becket, helped to power by her strongly Muslim constituency, is even planning to pay Mr Siniora a visit in order to provide moral support for this beleaguered premier against his own people. It probably isn't too difficult for her to sympathise with him, seeing that her own government is just about as unpopular as it can get.
Comparing the two recent events in world history provides an interesting study in the relationship between propaganda and power politics in the modern era. The myth of freedom and democracy has been dealt another blow whilst the old "one rule for one, another rule for another" has been injected with new life.