Hariri accuses Assad of sowing strife in Lebanon

The leader of Lebanon's anti-Syrian parliamentary majority lashed out at Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday, accusing him of trying to sow strife in the neighboring country where it kept an occupation force for 29 years. Saad Hariri, son of the slain former premier Rafik Hariri, was responding to a speech Tuesday by the Syrian leader in which he accused Lebanon's anti-Syrian groups of allying themselves with Israel, which bombarded Lebanon for 34 days. "The speech was an incitement for sedition in Lebanon. The Syrian president has hurt his position, Syria's and Lebanon's," he said in a speech to supporters. He also slammed Israel for its "black history" in Lebanon and said "Israeli attacks can destroy Lebanon but will not touch Lebanese unity.