Update: final results are 9 killed, more than 60 wounded...
Someone needs to remind Aoun and his followers the art of politics...
Another political assassination, and again it is a 14th of March figurehead. The MP assassinated is the Phalange’s MP, Antoine Ghanem. He made it to the Parliament in the fierce battle of Baabda-Alley region, with Walid Junblatt and 14th of March coalition.
The assassinated so far are: Attempted Murder of Marwan Hmaidi (MP then), Rafiq el Harriri, Basil Fleihan, Samir Qassir, George Hawwi, Joubran Tueini, attempt on Elias el Murr, attempt on May Shidiac, Pierre Gemayel, Walid Eido, and now Antoine Ghanem.
You will notice that except for May Shidiac, the assassinations have been targeting Ministers or Members of the Parliament. Now, things will escalate again, and I expect trouble between the Free Patriotic Movement and the 14th of March Coalition. Actually, Aoun would probably make a clown out of himself and nominate someone on the spot (like he did when Jubran Tuieni was assassinated) instead of Ghanem since he had a good chance for his coalition to penetrate then.
The assassination is a clear brutal message of assassinating 14th of March figureheads. I doubt the authorities will tag this one on Fatah Islam (although they still can lamely since Shaker el Absi is still alive) like they did with the assassinated young minister Pierre Gemayel. The message would probably be regarding the Presidential Elections which 14th of March would insist to elect part of the coalition and the Opposition. Another message would be, specially for selecting a Christian MP, is to convey a message for 14th of March to withdraw.
Nevertheless, from Joubran Tuieni to Antoine Ghanem, all the killed were MPs/Ministers. Certain faction of the coalition ran against 14th of March when it came to the elections overdue, and I sure hope Aoun wont be a lunatic to do the same now. Ever since the Matn elections, the Christian Camp has been more and more divided. I anticipate that Aoun will lose more of his followers after this event.
Those who are celebrating the death of Antoine Ghanem, they are signing the country’s future to a bloody civil war.
So far six are killed in the explosion, and I wonder how long all the people living in Lebanon can stand the situation.
May the souls of the innocent rest in peace