General Suleiman's investigation into the murder of Shia youths on Sunday is being made to appear as pivotal for his presidential aspirations. Pro-Syrian rags warned that the "opposition" will wait for the results of the investigation before deciding on whether it will support his candidacy.
Meanwhile, the pro-opposition al-Akhbar newspaper said Hizbullah and Amal movement were waiting for the results of the investigation into Sunday's riots before announcing their stance regarding their support for consensus presidential candidate army commander Gen. Michel Suleiman. The paper said Hizbullah and Amal would convey their stand to Arab League chief Amr Moussa, who is expected to return to Beirut soon to resume efforts to implement an Arab plan aimed at ending the prolonged political crisis. (Naharnet)
So Suleiman will be scurrying about, trying to find the snipers who shot the agitated youth under his army's watch. And he'd better do a damn good job, because if he doesn't, he will be held accountable by Allah's watchmen and the friends of the dark lord next door.
What a farce. Suleiman lost the presidency the second March 14 announced its support for him. We have been reading media reports about the Syrian loss of faith in him for weeks now. His "election", what should have been a simple procedure, was turned into a complex equation that kept the French and the Arab League busy for months.
And it's not like this is about his election. As Tony reminded us, it is all about the Hariri tribunal.
The Kuwaiti al-Qabas ran a report today quoting Arab ministerial sources on the "difficult" Arab FM meeting that was held in Cairo on the 27th.
The report carried quite the interesting nugget regarding the gigantic elephant in the room -- the tribunal. Amr Moussa reportedly said, according to the same Arab ministerial sources, that he "found that the Syrian president had a different agenda than that of his allies in Lebanon. For he, i.e. Assad, gave absolute priority to amending the international tribunal, and to its fate, and didn't care about the presidential void or the formation of a Lebanese cabinet."
While we all waste our brain cells trying to absorb the presidential election drama, more Shias are being used as target practice. Hizbullah, which farmed them and brainwashed them into believing the state is pure evil, and that the prime minister is "Allah's enemy", now has good reason to set them against yet another state institution, the army. What's a few Shias killed in the name of the great design to carve a state within a state? Today they look like a sacrifice for the Assad regime, tomorrow they will be the pillars of a new nation.