"The export of instability from Syria threatens the security of Lebanon now more than ever," — State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland as the Obama administration threw its support behind efforts by Lebanon's president to form a new government in the aftermath of last week's deadly car bombing in Beirut that many blame on Syria or its ally, Hezbollah.
"Those whose laboratory practices caused this outbreak should never practice pharmacy or manufacture in Massachusetts again." — Gov. Deval Patrick after state officials investigating a pharmacy linked to a deadly outbreak of meningitis they found shoddy sterilization practices and unclean conditions there, including debris-covered floor mats and standing water from a leaking boiler.
"I said from the beginning, 'Who killed General Wissam al-Hassan and was behind the terrorist attack?' They are the Syrian and Iranian regimes through the hands of Hezbollah." — Parliament member Khaled Daher in a statement as Syria's powerful ally Hezbollah was accused by Lebanese political opponents of playing a role in the assassination of a top intelligence officer who used his post to fight Syrian meddling in Lebanon.