The Lebanese people won’t accept, after today, the continuation of the government of assassination
In a half-civilised country, if a cat was killed in the same way as Wissam Al-Hassan was killed, a government or at least a minister would resign. So no question what should happen when a security chief gets bombed.
But let’s be honest here, Lebanon is an abnormal farm that makes such a move a high-risk venture with unknown consequences. At its best, we could be looking at political vacuum. At its worst, we are taking about sectarian civil war here. And this message was clearly passed on by the US and EU that they don’t mind this Hezbollah-controlled government to keep going.
March 14, as an opposition, has the full right to demand this government’s resignation – which is their default position. But to call it ‘government of assassination’ might be a bit misleading and factually wrong, especially when the description is made by the same owner of the facts.
During Fouad Siniora’s office term, Lebanon had 16 political explosions including seven assassinations. His government lasted for 18 months without Shia ministers with a sit-in at its door step for the same period, without any course of action. Does March14 really want to govern now?
Such a miserable state we are in…at a stage where we count who manages to keep the number of assassinations down, and probably ensures the assassin’s demands are met…
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