Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Has it (re)Started (Updated)?

Here an interesting thing to watch; "they" apparently kidnapped 2 reported members of the PSP, and the car was found in the Christian sector of Beirut. This comes on the heels of some "interesting" initiatives an counter-initiatives to appease the tension... Bashir mentions the odd fact that the two kidnapped are Moslem Sunni members of the PSP; "Sunni" members of a "Druze" party, one of whom is 12 years old (another odd fact; precocious, eh?)...

Dude!

Enough to create a confusion as to whodunnit...

In my mind, there is still be no doubt this is the handy work of the Syrians and their Quislings; assassinating someone from one community and make it look like another community did it. When Bashar's father, Hafez, assassinated the Druze leader Kamal joumblat, they tried to make it look like Christians did it.

Now, Assad's boy has less control over events, but enough to try and create some confusion in our increasingly sectarian Lebanon.

Proxies...

To make sure it had the desired effect, they created a Druze outfit called the “Fakhreddine Army” or something, which committed massacres of Christians…

The Druze Joumblat and the Christian Geagea are allies this time around; in Syrian minds, this could be used to drive a wedge between them. Indeed, the two victims’ car was reportedly found in the Christian area of Beirut.

The Syrians always used proxies in those things; the Damour massacre was carried out by the Saika and the Palestine Liberation Army, both Syrian outfits.

No doubt they are trying to repeat the same thing. It may work this time, but not exactly as planned; people have experience with this sort of thing.

Who's Taking the Blame this Time?

Interestingly, the media is linking it the event to “the killing of Adnan Shamas a pro-Hezbollah” activist.

And the Lebanese MSM is making much hay of Jumblatt’s unprecedented call to Berri; his call to “to help secure the release of the kidnapped persons ‘to avoid unrest’" is nothing but a clear message to Berri and Hezb, and beyond them…

Once a warlord, always a warlord; only the (potential) victims change…

Banadoura or Bandora (Updated Apr. 26th, 2007)?

Abu Kais has been tracking the story, and it seems that "The chances of finding Ziad Qabalan (25) and Ziad Ghandour (12) alive seem to be slim". The choice of Ain El-Remmeneh for their kidnapping may have been the determining factor; auspiciouscly, this is where the war started...

it is a reasonable assumption to assume their dead, vicitms of manipulated "tribal justice". It is also reasonable that said members of the same tribe, but more likely other "perceived" members of that "tribe" and its affiliated will be targeted now for retaliation killings.

The trouble is, we all look alike, and we do not have religion on our ID card (thankfully). However, we should fear Lebanese ingenuity and our own peculiar accents and names; the days of the Tomatem / Banadoura / Bandora are upon us. And thanks to Hezb's actions, there is much goodwill on all sides now...

We'll soon see a few updates worthy of the the 21st Century;

علملاّ يا أباّري... قول للشبيبه الطّيبه يحضرو حولون ...

What is Really Scary (Updated Apr. 26th, 2007)?

It is vapid statements like that that are doubly scary;

The statement, [by the Shamas clan] which condemned the act and called for the youths' release, brought relief to a nation bombarded by rumors about the alleged death of Gandour and Qabalan

First, this helping of crapola is reminiscent of the warspeak that we had to endure back during the heyday of the last Jamboree. Second, it is odd that some editor felt the need to "edit in" and recycle this useless jawjaw, in order to "appease" us or some tribe he never much cared about before this day...

!...و قرد

9 comments:

Bashir said...

The kidnapped [Ziad Mounir Ghandour, 12, and Ziad Hussein Qabalan, 25] are actually Moslem Sunnis (sect-speaking) who are supposed to be members of PSP.

Mind you, one of them is a kid only 12 years old (member of PSP?).

Rumors, surrounding this despicable kidnap, have already started spreading in Beirut. This is what we should watch out for, and beware.

Jeha said...

Bashir,

Thanks for the corrections; I have updated the post to reflect That.

This story is getting weirder by the day; it is as we're lab rats in some sinister social experiment.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jeha,
Is Syria also responsible for global warming?
Anything that happens, yalla just blame it on Syria: you have this typical (unfortunetly) arab way of always blaming others for your problems!

Roman Kalik said...

Anonymous... Syria has, so far, occupied Lebanon, manipulated the politics of Lebanon, arguably raped Lebanon for several decades, killed any politician it didn't like in Lebanon, and has continued meddling in Lebanese politics even after being forced to leave.

This is from an Israeli Jew, by the way.

The the glove fits...


This is a very bad situation by the way. Could be the spark, and I really hope it isn't.

Charlie said...

We all knew something like this was bound to take place. The Syrian regime is fighting for its life and they will attempt every trick they can to burn Lebanon in the process. I hope the Lebanese are wiser this time and don't fall in the same old traps..may God protect Lebanon and all true Lebanese...

ghassan karam said...

Charlie,
I think that it was in Candide that Voltaire asked: "Do you think that the Sultan ( read God) cares whether the mice (read humans) are comfortable on the ship (read earth). The Lebanese have to protect themselves:-)

Anonymous said...

"From Beirut to the Beltway" comments on the kidnapping:

http://www.beirutbeltway.com/beirutbeltway

-Zvi

Charlie said...

Ghassan,

" The Lebanese have to protect themselves:-)"

True statement and I will add from themselves!!

Anonymous said...

Suni ? Druz ? this party or that
Two people, one 12 years old kid tortured to death. And we, that is I, me, mayself, , least you accused me of blaming others, are talking about the politics of the USA. Some body should drop an A bomb on the cursed ME. I am saying ME, not Lebanon only.