Across the Bay

Thursday, June 02, 2005

In the End, they Killed Him

As you may have heard, prominent Lebanese journalist Samir Qassir was murdered earlier today in a car bomb.

Qassir had been a relentless critic of the Syrian regime and its puppet ruling security system in Lebanon. He was frequently threatened and intimidated by the security services, and they finally decided to liquidate him. Some people have pointed the finger directly at President Lahoud. Earlier, Mustapha Hamdan, the head of Lahoud's Military Guard -- one of the six whom the opposition wanted removed -- was forced out of office. So Lahoud is holding his ground, as evident from his interview with the French Le Figaro.

I would write more, but I'm frankly beside myself with grief and disgust. Perhaps later. There is a planned candle-light vigil in Beirut, in memoriam.