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Friday, May 16, 2008

Prosecution anyone?

In the aftermath of the madness, I noticed that one thing whose appearance would have been so natural in the discourse of any civil(ized) society, is absent. In the rush to calculate political gains and losses and to analyze the political results of the attempted coup, to fly to Qatar to negotiate a settlement, everybody seems to have forgotten that what happened, remains at the very least a collection of crimes against the law. Guns were wielded and used, people killed, injured, terrorised and kidnapped, institutions burnt and looted, roads blocked.

Will anybody be prosecuted? Pictures and TV reports abound with gunmen's faces plainly visible in many of them. Will there be investigations ? arrests ?

Probably not. In the end, in Lebanon, artists guilty of blasphemy get prosecuted, but gun wielding militias roam free...


Alphast said...

For that to happen, you will need a state of law. And that hasn't existed in Lebanon for the past 35 years or so.

ghassan karam said...

Thanks for the comment and thanks for listening..

Nora said...

Very good point. The trouble is how would Hezbollah react if the "police" began arresting its members? This, of course is no justification--just the reality