Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Antoine Ghanem Assassinated

Update: final results are 9 killed, more than 60 wounded...

Someone needs to remind Aoun and his followers the art of politics...
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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

MFL

14 comments:

Jester said...

Aoun's chances have diminished dramatically as being nominated President of the Republic. I wonder who would probably do this in order to achieve such a result.

The question can be turned around many ways, no?

Lalebanessa said...

MFL,
I seriously doubt that whatever is left of Fatah al Isalm have reformed so quickly and to such a high degree of efficiency. I mean the man was until a couple of days ago outside the country, and was using a car with the MP license plates removed. So a very high degree of organisation and insider knowledge was needed for this. I doubt people who have been living off tuna cans for the past two months are behind this.

MarxistFromLebanon said...

Exactly my thought..
Junblatt said it, if only the bombing ended with Fatah Islam

Anonymous said...

I never thought that Marxists shed tears over dead fascists.
Oops! You are a Marxist "from Lebanon". That explains it.
الموت للبنان

Angry Anarchist said...

I anticipate that Aoun will lose more of his followers after this event.

and

Someone needs to remind Aoun and his followers the art of politics...

So what would you have Aoun do? I don't get it. What are you trying to say? That Aoun might have a hand in this? If so, that contradicts your argument that Aoun will lose more followers after this event. If we take this to its logical conclusion, then the culprit would have to be Geagea and/or Jumblatt.

Angry Anarchist said...

Btw, I am not against these assassinations. Let them all be killed, one by one, just not in this manner and not with this sort of collateral damage! Which makes one wonder, if these guys were dead accurate as they proved to be in numerous cases, then why can't they just do it in some other way (like the assassination of Pierre Gemayel) that would not have any collateral damage? Or is the purpose more than just getting rid of the figure, but rather, shifting public opinion? Which makes one wonder who can be behind this if the purpose is shifting public opinion? Surely the constant assassinations of "anti-Syrian" figures would not benefit Aoun & co.?

Angry Anarchist said...

One more thing, anyone with half a brain would have laughed at the suggestion that Fateh al Islam has been behind ANY of the assassinations and bombings.... The series of assassinations, including that of Hariri, is most certainly the work of professionals, and by that I mean intelligence agencies (of whichever country it is). For all we know, different agencies could be responsible for different bombings/assassinations. It doesn't have to be one side doing it all. As for Pierre Gemayel's assassination, I think that was the work of a known militia.

MarxistFromLebanon said...

One, it was suspected that they will tag the whole bullshit on Fatah Islam when it was over, as they tried to do regarding Eido and Gemayel Jr.

Two, Aoun is losing more followers to the extreme side, yes, he is an idiot, I didnt say he is a culprit, so please spare me your idiotic conclusions... it is partly to his blunders... need I remind you of an ex-supporter for Aoun?! Or you quickly have forgotten?!

three, you are reading too much Angry Arab and his conspiracy theories... you accuse me with one thing, and you do the same aiming fingers... only difference, I am not pointing anywhere... as I said, anyone can be ... unlike you... some academic...

MFL

Angry Anarchist said...

lol...
All you have written so far is just random blabber. Again, you lash out at Aoun, but I see no particular reason, IN THIS CASE, for anyone to do so. What could Aoun have done? You are talking as if what Aoun has done has caused this murder. And if Aoun's popularity is decreasing, so what, why are you throwing a hissy fit for it??

Btw where did you see my point fingers at anyone? Who did I point the finger at?? I have not made one statement - not one - as to which side is actually behind the assassination... Sadly that's not something I can say about your reactionary post and subsequent replies.

MarxistFromLebanon said...

Hush
need I remind you of your lousy post: "March 14th FingerPrints All Over..." when Pierre Gemayel was assassinated?

Unlike you, I consider everyone as suspects... you dont... you think the Opposition is fighting US Imperialism (totally funny in this one) o, I forgot, it is Sayyed Hassan....

And yes, if Aoun runs a candidate on Ghanem's seat, he is justifying those political assassinations... face it...

And in case I lash out at anyone of the Opposition, you accuse me March 14th... totally funny if you ask me, at least be coherrant in your Anarchism...

and if it was blabble, you wouldnt bother to reply to my comments ;)

cheers
MFL

Angry Anarchist said...

No, no need to remind me of my posts. I already did repeat my suspicions about the assassination of Pierre Gemayel.

you think the Opposition is fighting US Imperialism
Uhuh... nice rabbit-out-of-the-hat trick you pulled once more. Now remind me where/when I said that?

No, if Aoun runs a candidate on Ghanem's seat, it means he is not following the Lebanese mentality of "that's a Kata'eb seat". Either that, or (pay attention here), he is just after his own gains. I don't see how that justifies the assassination of more MPs.

And for the record, I did not accuse you of being March 14 in this post, I already stated a dozen times that unlike you, I do not believe in the March 14/March 8 terminology and urged you to get over it yourself. Too bad your horizons are limited by March 8 and March 14. Btw, I have no problem with you lashing out at anyone, including the 'opposition'. My problem is with the incoherent, random statements that you came up with after this assassination, as you do every time there is such an assassination. I guess it goes to show that whoever is behind these bombings is actually quite effective. If he manages to mess up the mind of a (so-called) Marxist, then what about the rest of the masses that do not even follow an ideology but a person? Oh but I forget, your so-called Marxism is actually merely idol-worshiping, maybe that's why your responses to such events are quite illogically and incoherently reactionary.

"Cheers"

MarxistFromLebanon said...

yeah.. wasnt Aoun who said he was opposition and not th of March couple of days?

Face it they are there
14th of March
Opposition = 8th of March + Aounieh (since no longer there is FPM)

moreover, reread your comments on the Sabra Section, and see how you blasted on me for saying we dont have sufficient date, and you lashed blindly... my so called Anarchist who sticks to traditions...

Angry Anarchist said...

Responding to the points I made would boost your credibility more than evading my arguments.

Man, I told you, get over those dates. This is not about dates. I thought that was clear. This is about who will rule the country. Did you forget how those who served Syria for decades turned 180 degrees?? Or how Hezbullah allied with those people during the elections? And you are still drowning in the ruse called "March 14" and "March 8"?

And as for the post on Sabra & Shatila, what?? What are you talking about? Where did I lash out at you in that post regarding any dates?? Are you drunk? Because all I see is you making irrelevant/incoherent arguments and accusations, and the topping on the cake are the never-ending personal attacks against me (idiot, stupid, etc.). I guess you have proved your Stalinist credentials. You cannot stand it when someone corrects you or critiques your writings. But then again, you are awed by the polemical abilities of Walid Jumblatt. What more can I say !! (note, before you attack me on this and put words into my mouth, this does not mean I am accusing you of supporting WJ).

Goodbye!

MarxistFromLebanon said...

I already mentioned those, and tackled those points ...