Ward politics is universal
Hizbollah and its allies have been accused of favoring their supporters in the distribution of aid in southern Lebanon. "Some people are getting $2,000, others $8,000," said an unnamed villager in Taibe. "They determine what you need and that's what you get." Most of the emergency aid in Taibe, a battle-scarred village about two miles from the Israeli border, comes from local and international groups and is handed to the council, which then distributes it. Locals have complained that aid is being doled out on the basis of political favouritism, with Amal and Communist party supporters getting preference. The UN is aware of complaints throughout the south, the group's spokesman in Lebanon said, but it is working through the local councils because they were "free and fairly elected".
President Bush's idea of bringing democracy to the Middle East doesn't seem like such an unpopular idea after all. BTW, what happened to the Lebanese government?