Saturday, July 16, 2005

Sticky Issues: Why Is Majdal Anjar Pegged to Geagea's Release?

Monday is the date when Berri as promised a million times will incur the bill to release Geagea and the prisoners of Majdal Anjar and Dinnieh. As we all await Monday, it might just not come and let me explain why...

There has been this vagueness about this issue from Berri's side, a vagueness to set a time and date, a vagueness in their statements. The last I've heard was Amal's MP Khalil saying that the bill will be tabled in the Parliament once a government is formed and blessed (not by Lahoud only, but by the Parliament). This ambiguity is dangerous.

But there's more...

On Kalam Innass two days ago, Charles Ayoub, the editor-in-chief of Addiyar, voiced his concern that pegging the issue of Majdal Anjar to Geagea's release, and in the light of Elias Murr's assassination attempt, was intentionally done as a stalling tactic.

We've read the news and learned that Muslim extremists might just be behind the assassination attempt as they hold a grudge against Murr who rounded up a cell in Majdal Anjar during his stint as Interior Minister.

With this sticky issue on the surface now, how will the Geagea issue be passed? It's clear that Geagea is imprisoned for charges that he has been proven innocent from. And aren't Geagea's release and Majdal Anjar two different, separate issues?

I remember once Elias Murr during a press conference from Aoun's house said clearly that he believes the two issues are separate...So it's clear that they are separate. Why then were they lumped together? And who lumped them? I would like to get your insights.

Finally, it's in the press today: there are rumors that the Monday session might just be postponed to accomodate the new government, if Lahoud blesses the lineup over the weekend.

"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."

10 comments:

Hassan said...

Do you mean the Seir-dinnyeh group or another group? Because I also heard talk about amnesty for (sunni) extremists in return for Geagea's release. I also heard some (shiite) Bekaai's asking for amnesty from drug crimes. Got a speeding ticket you want to clear, anyone?

Raja said...

LOL! Hassan, I once heard that sarcasim is the ultimate form of humor....

You're pretty good!

JoseyWales said...

I wish someone would explain to me the connection between Geagea-Denniye-Majdal-Anjar?

I hope it is not "let a Maronite go, got to let a moslem go" idiocy.

Futhermore, I always thought the old war amnesty was a bad idea. Keeping extending the amnesty to the 1980s, then 1990s, then to yesterday is a worse idea.

It means (SURPRISE) here is no LAW in Lebanon. We should stop wondering why theft goes on, and people get blown up in the streets.

Likelihood of getting caught is nil, and if caught your sectarian group will demand your amnesty. for one-time only, really, until the next crime. PUKE.

JoseyWales said...

Forgot to add,

To get your amnesty, Make sure your crime messes up STATE SECURITY and affects the nation as a whole.

Cuz if you are a petty "mankouche" thief, NO AMESTY FOR YOU (Soup-Nazi voice off).

Anton Efendi said...

In a possible reference to imprisoned Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, he added some wanted "Israel's agents to gain their freedom from the new Lebanon despite having served as soldiers of the Hebrew State in occupying their land and killing their citizens."

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=2&article_id=16817

hussein said...

It was Mufti Kabbani who kept lobbying for their release. I rememeber some of you guys were once praising him as being a moderate cleric and that Karami was being unfair in his criticism.

This is what you get when you let people with beards claiming to know-it-all-through-divine-providence interfere in politics. In turn, the crowds follow them like mindless sheep, thinking that this makes them good Muslims/Christians.

Anton Efendi said...

This goes beyond clerics to a culture among some Shiites propagated by Hizbullah's discourse over the last 20 years. When you're bombarding people with propaganda you can get away with making statements like this. At first it was during the war and whatever, but then it was given blessing and acceptance under the Syrians when scapegoating the LF and the Christians in general became acceptable practice and part of the cultural discourse, esp. when it comes to Israel. So this to me makes perfect sense. However it only adds to the sense that the Shiites, under the control of Amal and HA, are set in opposition to the rest of the country.

Anonymous said...

Tony,
Perhaps you are right about Hizbullah being the biggest (and most able) enemy to a secular state, which I believe is a prerequisite to any truly representative democracy.

But I can't get the point you are trying to make. What is it that makes perfect sense to you?

Anonymous said...

aaah..who cares...the guy will be out sooner or later..and when he gets out he should be shot.

along with all the other ex-warlords of course....the funny donkey, and the ugly vulture etc..
personally i think funny donkey is a good one once you figure out who it is...
ugly vulture is a given..the guy is not really known for being handsome

Leb 4ever said...

Are looks what u counton? that was a very ignorant statement from you especially given that the law was not praticed fairly and it still is not served right otherwise there would be a whole bunch of other, who are sadly part of the government, doing time.