Or, welcome to my low-maintenance heck.
ABU KAIS will have details shortly. I'm tracking the photos as well, and will post them when I can catch up.
UPDATE: Video here
Update: The plot thickens:
The assassination comes 6 days before a scheduled parliament session to elect a president. The pro-Syrian and Hizbullah-led coalition threatened to boycott the session if March 14 used a majority vote to elect a president. Many in March 14 expected political assassinations to precede the election and reduce the parliament's majority. The Assad regime opposes a president from March 14, and insists on a pro-Syrian president to safeguard its interests and the interests of its allies in the country, including Hizbullah. The Assad regime also wants a president to "open a dialogue; on recent UNSC resolutions calling on Syria to respect Lebanese sovereignty and establishing a tribunal to try those responsible for the Hariri assassination and other political crimes in the country.Update:
Antoine Ghanem was reportedly a moderate well liked by MPs from both sides of the divide. With his murder, March 14 lost another vote, and may not feel safe anymore to stay in the country, let alone head to parliament on September 25th to elect a president. Many March 14 MPs are outside the country. As for the Assad regime, it has just reconfirmed to the world, especially to the French, that it does not care about dialogue or open relations with the west.
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: These photographs are somewhat graphic.
The Associated Press is already starting to spin this like the scum that they are:
"Pro-government?" He's a member
of the government, how in the world could he possibly have been "anti-Government?" Note also the immediate
attempt to tar him as a "right-winger."
If the press were as intellectually honest as they think
they are, you'd think that the slightly more accurate "ANTI-SYRIAN" label would fit into play there somewhere. Heck, even REUTERS manages to get this one right—The caption for the photograph of Mr. Ghanem at the top of this article reads:
Anti-Syrian Christian lawmaker Antoine Ghanem is seen in this undated file photo. Ghanem was killed in a car bomb explosion in the eastern part of Beirut on September 19, 2007, security sources said. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/Files (LEBANON)
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