Lebanon Lays to Rest Another Anti-Syrian Politician
A car bomb killed Anti-Syrian Christian leader Antoine Ghanem on Wednesday.
It wasn’t the first assassination in Lebanon since the country declared freedom from Syria in 2005.
There were several other brave Lebanese anti-Syrian politicians who were murdered before Antoine Ghanem:
Rafik Hariri -February 14, 2005
Samir Kassir -June 2, 2005
George Hawi -June 21, 2005
May Chidiac (attempted assassination) -September 25, 2005
Gebran Ghassan Tueni -December 12, 2005
Pierre Amin Gemayel -November 21, 2006
Walid Eido -June 13, 2007
Antoine Ghanem– September 19, 2007
Antoine Ghanem was just the latest anti-Syrian victim.
Relatives of a bodyguard of anti-Syrian Christian legislator Antoine Ghanem, from the Christian Phalange Party, mourn during a funeral in eastern Beirut September 21, 2007. The bodyguard was killed with Ghanem and three others on Wednesday. Crowds gathered in Beirut on Friday for the funeral of Ghanem whose assassination has fuelled tensions ahead of Lebanon’s bitterly contested presidential election. (REUTERS/Jamal Saidi)
Lebanese mourners carry the coffins of assassinated lawmaker Antoine Ghamen and his bodyguards during their funeral procession in Beirut. Lebanese politicians and thousands of mourners turned out for the funeral of Ghanem, whose assassination has raised tensions in the runup to a key presidential vote.(AFP/Joseph Barrak)
Many of the anti-Syrian members of the government are in hiding.
The truly brave:
Lebanon’s Parliament Majority leader Saad al-Hariri (R), Druze leader Walid Jumblatt (L) and Christian leader of the Lebanese forces party Samir Geagea attend the funeral of assassinated anti-Syrian legislator Antoine Ghanem in eastern Beirut September 21, 2007. Crowds gathered in Beirut on Friday for the funeral of Ghanem whose assassination has fuelled tensions ahead of Lebanon’s bitterly contested presidential election. (REUTERS/Wadih Shlink)
Saad Hariri, who lost his father in an assassination, said the “cowardly” Assad regime chose to respond to the Israeli raid by killing Lebanese –Beirut to the Beltway.
Publius Pundit blogger Manuela Paraipan reports on the situation from Lebanon.
Caroline Glick has more on Antoine Ghanem today in her column in the Jerusalem Post.