Lessons in how to impose the rule of law sometimes come from the unlikeliest of places.
Marada Movement leader Suleiman Franjieh on Wednesday gave an ultimatum to the Lebanese government on the Bsarma shooting attack in north Lebanon. "I give the government a 15-day to one-month ultimatum to reveal the truth behind the shooting incident in Bsarma," Franjieh told a news conference.
His ultimatum came a few hours after two people were killed and three wounded in clashes between the Lebanese Forces and Marada Movement in the town of Bsarma in the northern province of Koura. Lebanese Forces (LF) supporter Pierre Ishaq and Youssef Franjieh, head of Marada's Bsarma office, were killed in the fight. Three other people were wounded.(Naharnet)
Another lesson comes from another self-made legal expert, Michel Aoun, formerly army commander, currently a fruit:
Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun on Wednesday proposed a defense strategy based on merging the "various militias and the resistance."
Aoun made the proposal in remarks broadcast by Orange TV, mouthpiece of his FPM.
The resistance should "not be restricted to Hizbullah, let them expand it to include all the Lebanese" factions, Aoun said. "Guerrilla warfare is necessary to defend Lebanon," he added. (Naharnet)
With the president himself engaging in anti-constitutional activities under the title “national dialogue”, it’s hard to blame the above clowns for giving free interpretations of the law.
But thank God for Hizbullah, which helped re-align the dialogue’s agenda and set matters straight.
Hizbullah on Wednesday accused the United States, Europe and Israel of trying to list a topic on the agenda of the Conference on National Dialogue. Hizbullah's international relations official Nawaf Moussawi made the charge in an address to a Palestinian delegation from the Beirut refugee camps of Sabra and Chatilla.
"The Lebanese People would not allow the Americans, the European governments and Israel to impose their own agenda on the national dialogue," Moussawi said. "Such an agenda has one item which is disarming the resistance and Hizbullah," he added.
Moussawi pledged: "This item would not be on the dialogue agenda. The National Dialogue Conference would tackle how to build a strong capable state that, along with its people and army, would confront Israeli aggressions."
OK, so will the dialogue propose bills allowing militias to give ultimatums to the state, and creating a favorable environment for militias to merge into mega militias?
A message to the Europeans and the Americans, please butt out of this one. Don't you have better things to do? Like a dictator to appease, and a president to elect?