You know the situation is desperate when the man investigating unsolvable crimes is mysteriously assassinated in broad daylight. Desperate situations call for desperate measures, yet those measures are no where in sight. The killing machine continues unabated, amid useless condemnations and grandiose and meaningless announcements about the future of the country.
Very few of us knew Wissam Eid. He worked in the police’s intelligence unit, reportedly in counterterrorism. Terrorism in Lebanon is the nickname for acts sponsored by Syrian intelligence, and their contractors in the fundamentalist world. Wissam was probably involved in Lebanon’s “war on terror”, which, mind you, was never officially declared.
Lebanon has been under direct attack since 2004. Local and regional players have been redrawing its political map through assassinations and intimidation campaigns. At present, the country has no functioning government, no president, and the cabinet has been made to look like an enemy entity. Even the ISF, whose badge Eid carried, was called a “militia” by the likes of Aoun and his friends in the Iranian-guided fundamentalist militia.
It’s ironic that this assassination comes after a Hizbullah media campaign accusing March 14 of trying to assassinate Hassan Nasrallah. Eid’s assassination validates the opposite: Nasrallah’s opponents are being liquidated. If there is anyone planning murder, it’s Nasrallah and his buddies, who have sanctioned the murder of anyone who dared to oppose the takeover of the country—be that Syria, Iran or their fundamentalist loonies.
If you browse Lebanese news today, you’ll read about March 14’s candidate, Michel Suleiman, once a friend of Syria and now in limbo mode, phoning Bashar Assad and some Syrian army general. I cannot imagine what Suleiman, who insists on publicly clearing Assad of any wrongdoings in Lebanon, must have had to say to his former employer in the Syrio-Lebanese state that existed prior to March 14th, 2005. I also cannot imagine that anyone would regard the call as appropriate. Suleiman claims neutrality, and that he is still fulfilling the role of an army commander. How many army commanders do you know assume the role of the executive authority and call presidents of enemy states?
Speaking of the inappropriate, how many parliament speakers do you know prevent dialogue in the parliament their people entrusted them with, and offer to mediate in a conflict between foreign entities? Nabih Berri, if you missed the news, has offered to mediate between Fatah and Hamas in Gaza. The man who specializes in time-buying for the Assad regime, is branching out to neighboring countries.
Murder has been profitable in our country, and in the region. No one is going after the killers—their harshest punishment to date took the form of “initiatives” and “dialogue”. Lebanon, once again, is where anything goes, a free killing zone sanctioned by its enemies, and by friends who talk too much and do nothing.