Speaking of "Shish Barak Country", an editorial in Now Lebanon lashed out at the Internal Security Forces in Lebanon (aka police force) and Interior Minister Marwan Charbel for picking on gay men instead of doing something to stop the wave of kidnappings and killings plaguing the country:
In the midst of a wave of kidnappings that the Internal Security Forces have apparently done absolutely nothing to stop (indeed, the clan claiming responsibility for many of them is holding press conferences with impunity), Lebanon’s police force found it appropriate to confront the real danger plaguing the country: homosexuals.
Indeed, the ISF has been raiding movie theatres and cracking down on men engaging in what they deem "indecent" acts. In the meantime, clans like the Muqdads go on TV and flaunt their illegal weapons and admit to kidnapping foreigners with complete impunity.
The ISF's harassment of gays in Lebanon is certainly not new. It seems to come and go, and I can't tell you whether their morality police is being over active or just outshining the rest of their seemingly dormant departments. Against the current backdrop of chaos, it does seem outrageous that the ISF is taking a page from the Iranian authorities and waging a war against homosexuals. And if Charbel has any control over the ISF, perhaps he should instruct them to focus on probing criminal activity, instead of people's private parts.