So Pierre Gemayel is dead. Gunned down in broad daylight.
The media immediately underlined that he was an “anti-Syrian politician”. OK. So he was “anti-Syrian” (whatever the hell that is supposed to mean…), that means that the culprits are “pro-Syrians”. Of course (brilliant logic I must add). Very convenient. The Syrians (or pro-Syrians – again whatever the hell that means) must be very dumb to only assassinate “anti-Syrian” politicians; they couldn’t have tried to assassinate “pro-Syrian” politicians too, “as appetizer”, to have fingers pointed in all directions rather than only at Syria. But then again, even if that happens, expect that Jumblatt would somehow put the blame for the assassination of “pro-Syrians” on… Syria. Anyway, coupled with the incitement of the “March 14” as of late and the “tekhwin” (accusation of treason) game that they have been playing, and the “lan nansa” (we will not forget) billboards all over the place with pictures of all those who have been victims of assassination attempts, it seemed that another assassination was “in order”, to keep the “lan nansa” mood in the country alive, and to prevent any demonstrations to topple the government. As the saying goes, desperate times call for desperate measures.
Jumblatt, Geagea, Hariri Jr., and Siniora signed Mr. Gemayel’s death warrant. No buts. Period.
Topple this government and put Jumblatt, Geagea, Hariri, Siniora, Fatfat, & co. on trial. NOW. Or else I will have to call 4 million Lebanese IDIOTS. NOW.
Update #1: My dad was at the crime scene seconds after the assassination had taken place. He describes the following. A fuel truck stopped in the middle of the road, and in front of it a car, and then another damaged car (a KIA) that had swerved to the left. The passenger door of the KIA was open, and in it Gemayel in the driver’s seat, his chest riddled with bullets & all red. There were a few bystanders, in particular a young woman who was shocked, and all were looking on in confusion and shock.
Update #2: Apparently the assassins were so comfortable that they did not even feel the need to cover their faces. This substantiates the argument that these were professional hitmen hired from outside. Another thing that might be related to this is the issue of gun silencers being shipped to the American embassy (see Al-Akhbar, Oct. 30, p. 7)