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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Gemayel Death: Political Nose-Counting?

Happier days ... the wedding of Pierre Gemayel to Patricia Daif at St. Catherine's Church in Beiut on Sept. 25, 1999.

Once senses there were few such moments for the Gemayel family. For three generations, they have been political leaders of Lebanese Christians, and for this he was gunned down, presumably at the behest of Syria, or by Syria-funded Hezbollah.

The Lebanon Star reports that the assassination may be linked to attempts to stop the investigation of another suspected Syrian assassination, that of prime minister Rafik Hariri. Under this theory, the assassinations are nothing more than a violent approach to political nose-counting:

The elimination of a member of a Cabinet controlled by the parliamentary majority March 14 Forces had been anticipated by key members of the anti-Syrian coalition such as Samir Geagea, the head of the Lebanese Forces, who said explicitly on Friday that a minister could be assassinated in an attempt by the opposition to "topple" the government.

Hizbullah and the Amal Movement withdrew their five ministers from the Cabinet on November 11. The March 14 Forces accuse the Shiite bloc and its allies of trying to prevent the formation of an international tribunal to try suspects in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

With Gemayel's death and the resignation of Environment Minister Yaacoub Sarraf on November 13, the Cabinet has lost a total of seven ministers in the last two weeks.

The removal of nine ministers would render the 24-member Cabinet incapable of assembling a quorum.

Normally, the assassination would be seen as a political embarassment to Syria, as it is on the eve of meetings with Iran and Iraq that would raise it above "terror state" status in the eyes of many. But with Syria, it's entirely likely the assassination was timed to give Daddy's boy Bashar additional swagger at a pivotal moment.

Syria's US Embassy issued a statement saying just the opposite -- that someone, who knows who?, assassinated Gemayel just to diminish Syria's stature at a critical moment.

Isn't there a psychological condition where you habitually blame others for what you're guilty of? Is it Assad Syndrome?

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