Yesterday, Antoine Ghanem was murdered with a car bomb two days after he returned to Lebanon to participate in the upcoming presidential elections from a stay in the UAE. He was an MP belonging to the March 14 camp. Just a few days before the presidential elections on September 25, this leaves the pro-government with one less vote. They now have a 3 person margin to retain 51% majority.
Upon hearing the news, you automatically turn on the television. Michel Aoun’s station OTV was the first on the scene. Sure, people joked that they had inside knowledge, but surely it must be that their offices are just close by. For quite a while, other stations were borrowing their images.
Kuddos to OTV for doing a good job of bringing the news. What was also worth noting, was that they kept on covering the event, long after other opposition stations returned to their regular programming.
Since a few days, we have the
When the reporter pointed out that Antoine Ghanem was an anti-Syrian politician and thus unlikely to have been killed by America, Franklin Lamb simply saw this as an even greater indication that America was behind all of this: to damage the image of Syria!
A few moments later, Robert Fisk came on the air. I have stopped reading his articles long time ago because a. you have to pay for them and b. they always feel like a sermon. He would be an excellent priest for that matter. Anyway, Fisk was live on the scene, but that didn’t really give him an edge. All he could mumble was that this was a professional hit done in a professional way and surely the result of professional preparation by a professional organization. And so he rambled on.
As to who could be behind the attack, he dismissed the accusation towards
And finally, just for a sad smile, The Daily Star can’t seem to make up its mind about the number of dead people:
BEIRUT: A car bomb killed a pro-government MP and at least seven others in Beirut on Wednesday, just days before the Lebanese Parliament is due to elect a new president for the country, with many fingering Syria as the culprit.
Alongside one of the busiest roads in
UPDATE: According to a commenter on Beirut Beltway, March 14 has now effectively lost its majority since three pro government MPs will only vote for a president based on the two-third majority principle.