Remember when a bomb went off in Broummana? How everyone was speculating that it was a message from Syria to Lahoud that he should not give in to the needs of the Opposition?
Well...how clear was today's message when the President's son-in-law and former Minister Elias Murr became a born-again martyr after a failed assassination attempt. (And my heart goes out to those who cruelly perished in this attack and those who are injured I wish all that they recover soon.)
It's a message that Lahoud should not give in to the government being formed under the auspices of Seniora. Couple that with the trade blockade on the border...it becomes clear that this was made to get us back to where we were before the elections.
Seniora yesterday was saying that the government will be formed in the next 24 hours. And we were speculating on this blog how Lahoud of course will insist that his representative Murr be included in the Ministerial line-up.
This is all gone now. I know. I can see that there is pressure to get back Mikati to power, whom Syria likes, to form a government of non-politicians (and non-parliamentarians) that will not make any drastic policy changes for the next couple of years while Lahoud stays in power.
Back to square one, as if we did not have elections. And heck why did we have elections? To have a majority that is not represented in the government?
This is a clear message to divide our ranks. And of course many will fall for it and start pointing fingers here and there.
Just look at the timing, targeting someone close to Lahoud right during our first Independence Government is being formed. And as if Seniora had to pay the price for uttering yesterday that this new government will be Made in Lebanon.
Please, I should just retire from writing and watching and following the news. I just see black smoke and pessimism.
Update: Yalla, Nasser Qandil is back on TV talking. Yalla, resuscitating the old faces. I'm disgusted! MP Gebran Tueni claims that no one has an interest in Lebanon's independence and reminded the likes of Qandil who accused Israel, that Syria also has an interest in us not moving forward.
Update 2: Listen to this, now the Baath Party and SSNP have whispered in Lahoud's ear that they want to be represented in the "National Unity" government. Bring it on! Now Franjieh, Karami and Arslan have to be also represented. "Walaw"!
Update 3: Jumblatt speculates that this is a clear message to the UN investigative team that there is a party stronger than them that will help stop them from reaching the truth.
I agree with Jumblatt that if we were given a chance at governing, then we will be held accountable; we either succeed or lose (we being the Opposition.) And it's true that through concessions, the essence of the Opposition drive is becoming diluted and has become almost missing.
Jumblatt also sees that more assassinations will be forthcoming unless we all "politically" decide to dismantle the existing intelligence apparatus, and he believes that dismantling this apparatus is indeed a long process.
"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."