Pierre Gemayel, November 21, 2006
Huge poster put up Thursday night on the outskirts of Beirut
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I just received a phone call from Lebanon stating that there has been an assassination attempt on Lebanese Minister for Industry, Pierre Gemayel.
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CNN has just reported that Gemayel's wounds were fatal and that his Lebanese Phalange Party is reporting him dead.
Pierre's Gemayel's fatal assassination has been confirmed by all major news organisations. May he Rest in Peace.
Saad Hariri, leader of the Lebanese Future Movement, has publicly accused Syria of being behind the assassination of Pierre Gemayel.
More details of the assassination emerge:
"Witnesses said Gemayel was shot in his car in Jdeideh, a Christian neighborhood, his constituency on the northern edge of Beirut. The witnesses said a car rammed his car from behind and then an assassin stepped out and shot him at point blank range."
Lebanese TV station LBCI has reported that two bystanders were wounded in the assassination of cabinet minister Gemayel.
Pictures emerge of the assassination scene:
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Lvini:
"The negative role of Syria in Lebanon is not something new...clearly they are trying to be involved even now, but it's too early to say something more concrete."
(Official) Syrian News Agency:
"This horrible crime is aimed at destabilizing solidity and civil security in Lebanon...Syria's keenness is on Lebanon's security and the unity of its sons, as well as keeping Lebanon's civil peace."
The FPM political and news website has just reported an attack on the offices of Minister of State Michel Pharaon, said to have taken place at the same time as the assassination of Minister of Industry Gemayel.
The website has also revealed that Gemayel was assassinated as he left a the Mar Antonios al Jadida church, and that the weapons used were equiped with gun-silencers.
Speaking on Lebanese TV outside the hospital where his son was declared dead, former Lebanese President Amin Gemayel has announced that the funeral for his slain son will take place tomorrow, November 22nd. The date of the funeral will coincide with Lebanon's independence day and is likely to draw huge crowds ahead of a pro-Syrian demonstration announced prior to the Minister's assassination.
Naharnet elaborates on attack on State Minister's office today:
"Gunmen opened fire Tuesday on the office of a minister of state, his office announced, just hours after the assassination of anti-Syrian minister Pierre Gemayel."The office of the state minister for parliamentary affairs, Michel Pharaon, in the Ashrafieh neighborhood was the target of gunshots today from gunmen in a white Suzuki car," it said."The security forces cordoned off the area and is carrying out the necessary measures to identify the culprits," who fled the scene, it said.Pharaon is a Greek-Catholic Christian MP from the bloc of anti-Syrian parliamentary majority leader Saad Hariri."
Tayyar website reports the death of one of Pierre Gemayel's bodyguards, Samir Chartouni, as a result of wounds sustained in today's assassination.
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(I have to go to work :S)
In order to be able to explain the survival of this criminal regime throughout numerous epochs of war and change, I had to think and observe their policies over a long period of time. Finally, I was able to 'reconstruct' the will that Hafez Assad might have left for his heir Bashar.
The principles of the Alawite Regime in
PS: If Niccolo Machiavelli was alive and had the chance to study this regime he would have resigned his duties a long time ago and went into exile.