The latest blunders by 14th of March are many as well, not that I am defending the 8th of March, but these seriously deserve some comments.
For starters, 14th of March are behaving exactly like the neo-cons. They got this "I love life" banner campaign which is simply racist. When Bush declared that he was waging a war on the enemies of freedom, he divided the world into two: Civilized and Un-civilized. Now, 14th of March, in the footsteps of the right-wing, are doing the same. They self-proclaimed themselves as lovers of Life, well for starters, what is life, simply belonging to a Neo-Con trend that wants to sell-out Lebanon to the World Trade Organization and be puppies of US imperialism?! Or loving life is to continue (exactly what their rivals are doing) be sectarian and bring Sheikhs to the Governmental Palace?! That means the masses bluffed by their leaders to seek a better life are zombies?
Moreover, the hegemony over the politically assassinated continues. To the 14th of March political logos, these assassinated are considered important martyrs because the majority of them are suspected to be assassinated by the Syrians (while the killer is still unknown, it can be Israel, Syria, or even both). Furthermore, 14th of March have officially extended their monopoly of the "Martyrs" to the War era, where all the political war lords should have been dumped in prison along with Jaajaa.
The list of names are plenty, Bashir Gemayel, Pierre Gemayel Jr., Kamal Junblatt, Hassan Khaled, Rene Mou'awad, Samir Qassir, Bassel Fliehan, George Hawwi, Dany Sham'oun, Jubran Tuieni, and Ramzi Irani. Now, on what criteria the 14th of March decided to put these names? I mean I would understand that they would the names as in terms of Rafiq Harriri and the afterwards assassinated ones as part of their Anti-Syrian propaganda, but the whole lot are not lovers of life, except probably for Rene Mou'awad, Samir Qassir).
So let us begin our investigation:
Bashir Gemayel had a federational plan for Lebanon. He was willing to invite the Israelis to install him as a President and never minded to do so. Oh wait a second, he bloody did (after his Dad co-invited the Syrians over). He is responsible for the deaths of Thousands and surely he is not a lover of life.
Dany Sham'oun: A culprit of the Tal Zaatar massacres, and Bashir Gemayel's rival in terms of international ties. The Ahhrar, headed by the feudal family Sham'ouns, had stronger ties with Israel and the United States administration. The party itself is older than the Phalange which the Gemayel's ruled. Camille Sham'oun smuggled his son outside Lebanon when the Safra massacres, commanded by Bashir occured. Dany Sham'oun was on the target list of "lover of life" Bashir Gemayel
Kamal Junblatt, the head of the Progressive Socialist Party and the Lebanese National Movement, also was a partner of war (keep in mind I highly respect the man and his platform); however, his allegiance to the PLO messed up the whole thing. He died when Bashir Gemayel's dad was in alliance with the Syrians (A year later or so, the Syrians would form the Rejectionist Front and joined the LNM and PLO). I have to keep in mind that Bashir Gemayel and Antoine Najm both were heavy opponents to the unholy alliance between the Syrians and President Sarkis.
George Hawwi, co-founder of the Resistance Front For the Liberation of Lebanon and Chairman of the Lebanese Communist Party, loudly announced that the SSNP (if Habib Shartouni's version holds) beat him by one week as he planned to assassinate Bashir Gemayel.
Hassan Khaled, the Grand Mufti and another excuse of Religious intervention in Politics, was known for modernity, but I seriously doubt he would visit the Governmental Palace to do a propaganda prayers over there. The Mufti was known for his modernity.
These are your lovers of Freedom, and ironically the by-standers who died with them didn't get any Christmas tree, nor the victims of the Israeli aggression. If that is the case, then Hezbollah can claim the martyrs of the Resistance (also can be classified as lovers of freedom whose supporters live their lives in the most difficult economic and military situation) and put around 6000 Christmas tree.
One note on Hajj Hassan's remark, Hezbollah did indeed participate in the war, and they entered three clashes with the AMAL movement. So his claim drops.
I am a lover of life, but not in their marketing political sectarian way.