Saturday, February 16, 2008

After Nasrallah`s speech, where does this leave us?

On 14 February 2008, it was not only another commemoration of Rafic Hariri's assassination 3 years ago, when tens of thousands of people gather in Central Beirut District, Martyr's square to pay tribute and respect to this man, and of course to show once again that they are against the Syrian regime, and most importantly show a big number to the opposition.

Workers at a printing shop print pictures of slain Hezbollah top commander Imad Mughniyeh and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, as they prepare for Mughniyeh's funeral.(Mohammed Zaatari/Associated Press)

On the other hand, that day also was dedicated to the burial and funeral of Imad Moughnieh, an important member of the Hezbollah organization. "Mugniyah has been implicated in the 1983 bombings of the U.S. Embassy, and U.S. Marine and French peacekeeping barracks, which killed over 350, as well as the 1992 bombings of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires" [1]. He was assassinated only 2 days before (12 February 2008) in Damascus, in a car-bomb explosion.

Sheik Hassan Nasrallah offered his condolences, but also Hezbollah's preparation for retaliation and revenge for losing Moughnieh, sending a clear and assertive message to Israel, that this time there will not be just one Moughnieh, but hundreds. By "this time" he meant, the next war. He told Israel that if they wanted another war, then let it be.
He also criticized 14 March's speeches in Hariri's commemoration that same day, angrily declaring that they should stop with the low and disrespectful way of talking.

One of the many similar responses that came yesterday to Nasrallah's speech was Samir Geagea's, in which he acclaimed that Nasrallah does not have the right to include all of Lebanon in his war on Israel, such an action can only be decided by the government itself.

Moughnieh is regarded as a master terrorist in the whole world. The US and Israel welcomed his assassination, also leaving Israel on high-alert. Iran and Syria condemned it. Lebanon, on the other hand is divided in two opinions:
1 - The first cannot really say that they welcome it (because that would be a very very bad move), nevertheless imply that they do not agree at all with Hezbollah's actions (dragging them into an unwanted war)
2 - And the second clan are deeply saddened for Moughnieh's loss, considering him as a hero, moreover angered and ready for war and revenge.

Where does this leave Lebanon? Presidentless, open for war, and open for more assassinations and explosions, drowning in debt, high prices in almost everything. This is where Lebanon is.



  1. I will never return or visit Lebanon as long as there is lunatics like Hassan Nasrallah in liberty... Lebanon does not deserve that crap, aren't they fed up from war? 1200 casualties in 2006 were not enough?!!!! The whole world is moving forward, WWII lasted only 6 years, the Lebanese wars have to last 1000 years? I wonder what is Nasrallah vision of the future? Death, destruction, poverty, slums, backwardness? No thanks!

  2. Maybe I shouldn't have read this now that I'm about to land in Beirut for good :-S

  3. :/ sorry coco. Dont worry, when you're in Leb and you're not watching the news, you wouldn't feel there is anything wrong in the country, same goes to you kheireddine! so fi hope hehe

  4. I'm not convinced that using terrorist bombings to fight terrorism is an effective tactic. Isreal made a huge mistake.

  5. No matter what Moughnieh did or might have done, he started in 1976 as a sniper for the PLO killing INNOCENT Lebanese along the green line. So at least for that reason I can say out loud, May he rot in hell, Khara bil Nakess!