Like Father, Like Son

Lebanon seems to have perfected the art of averting crisis. Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati formed a caretaker government last week, and gave assurances that parliamentary elections will be held by the May 31 constitutional deadline. At least for now that seems enough to head off another round of mass demonstrations planned by opposition leaders, who had accused the Syrian government of seeking to delay balloting that its Lebanese allies are almost certain to lose.

In a further sign of Syria's diminishing influence, Jamil al-Sayyed, Lebanon's feared pro-Syrian intelligence chief, and Ali Hajj, head of the country's internal security...