Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Another Lebanese Assassination

Anti-Syrian Lebanese Cabinet Minister Pierre Gemayel joins Prime Minister Rafik Hariri as the latest Lebanese politician to be assassinated. According to WaPo, this will increase tensions with Hezbollah, which has been pushing for more power after their recent electoral victory dampened hopes another secular-democracy might spring up in the Middle East.
The shooting will certainly heighten the political tension in Lebanon, where the leading Muslim Shiite party Hezbollah has threatened to topple the government if it does not get a bigger say in Cabinet decision-making...Gemayel, the minister of industry and son of former President Amin Gemayel, was a supporter of the anti-Syrian parliamentary majority, which is locked in a power struggle with pro-Syrian factions led by Hezbollah.