It's no coincidence that the worst rioting is occurring in Syria and Lebanon. The Star is reporting that nothing happens in Syria without the consent of the security apparatus and leadership. That it is happening in Beirut as well just confirms that Syria's reach still extends deep into the country, despite last year's withdrawal of Syrian forces. The consulate burning might just be Syria's way of getting revenge by embarassing Beirut's more independent-minded Western-friendly government and igniting anti-Western sentiment in the country. Why in Syria? So it looks more pan-Arab. With last year's car bombings, counter-rallies and assassinations, the obviousness of Syrian intelligence operations really is astonishing. Unfortunately, it is also effective.