December 15, 2005


Anti-Syria Rage Rises in Beirut: Emotions spill over as Lebanese turn out to bury Gibran Tueni, a publisher and legislator known for outspoken criticism of Damascus. (Megan K. Stack, December 15, 2005, LA Times)

Weeping, and cursing Syria, tens of thousands of Lebanese spilled into the streets of Beirut on Wednesday as a funeral march for publisher and politician Gibran Tueni turned into a livid political protest.

Tueni, 48, was assassinated Monday morning in a bombing as he was being driven to work. In his columns, the newspaper magnate and lawmaker served up scathing criticisms of Syrian involvement in Lebanese affairs back in the days when many here tiptoed around the taboo of speaking out against Damascus. Tueni is the fourth major anti-Syria figure to be killed this year.

"I call on this occasion not for revenge or hatred but for us to bury with Gibran all our hatreds," Ghassan Tueni, the slain man's father and also a journalist, told reporters at the Greek Orthodox church where his son was buried. "To call on all Lebanese, Muslims and Christians, to unite in the service of the great Lebanon."

Tueni's death provoked a fresh wave of revulsion and despair in Lebanon, along with a growing sense of helplessness against the killings and bombings.

Easy enough to help them feel powerful again--do Assad.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 15, 2005 8:37 AM

Little Bashir has thumbed his nose at the world for the last time, I think. Kill him tonight. And just imagine the effect on Ahmadinejad.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 15, 2005 9:42 AM

I think Syria is the evil state in the Mideast and its rgime should be punished for its attrocities in Lebanon and elswhere, including acts of humiliation in its own country.

Posted by: Ahmad at December 15, 2005 9:59 AM

Jim. Any volunteers?

Posted by: erp at December 15, 2005 12:50 PM

The EU, the UN, academe, and the glitterati whould have fits if we did that, Jim.
How soon can you start?

Posted by: Mikey at December 15, 2005 1:07 PM

We need someone like that cute little marine sergeant in "E-Ring" to setup a covert ops.

Posted by: erp at December 15, 2005 2:22 PM

Baby wants a MQ-1.

Posted by: Luciferous at December 15, 2005 2:35 PM

Does the guy go to any opthamologist conventions?

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 15, 2005 6:13 PM

You mean this MQ-1?

Posted by: Mike Morley at December 15, 2005 10:31 PM