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Bible Reading of the day
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 5,20-26. I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven. You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, 'You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.' But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, 'Raqa,' will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, 'You fool,' will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.
No Peace for Lebanon without International Deterrent Forces. By: Elias Bejjani-World Forum-June 15/07
Standing Up to Killers-By Hussain Abdul-Hussain-Washington Post-June 15/07
Why rush a national-unity government? By Michael Young- June 15/07
Saudi Shiites and the 'fire inside' of national dialogue-By Fred Wehrey- June June 15/07
Latest News Reports
From Miscellaneous Sources for June 15/06/07
Lebanese Bid Eido Farewell-Naharnet
Day of Mourning in Lebanon After Bombing-ABC News
Lebanon residents pray for healing after slaying-News-Leader.com
Bush hints Syria behind Lebanese MP killing-Jerusalem Post
Syria Tight-lipped on Eido's Assassination-Naharnet
Lebanon MP assassination condemned worldwide, but Syria silent-Ya Libnan
LAS foreign ministers to hold emergency session on PNA, Lebanon-RIA Novosti
Lebanon: Message and Meaning-Middle East Online
350 S. Korean Peacekeepers to Arrive in Lebanon Next Month-Naharnet
World Condemns Eido's Murder, Backs Saniora-Naharnet
Saniora Pleads for Arab Help, Hariri Urges Arab League to Boycott Syria-Naharnet
Israel and Syria flirt with peace-Online Journal
Syria's Serial Meddling; A Word From Machiavelli-Wall Street Journal
Syria Slams UN Over Report of Arms, Militias Crossing into Lebanon-Naharnet
North Lebanon, a fertile ground for Sunni militia-Kuwait Times
Pro-Syrian groups join militants in fight against Lebanon army-Ya Libnan
Wars and Rumors of Wars in the Latter Days-WDC Newswire (press release)
14/ King strongly condemns blasts went off Beirut-Jordan News Agency (Petra) -
UN Council condems assassination of anti-Syrian Lebanese MP-New Zealand Herald
Lebanon: Militants Planned Assassinations?-Stratfor
Bush links Syria to Lebanese MP's assassination-ABC Online
Assassination of Lebanese Parliamentarian Walid Eido-US Department of State (press release),
Bush links Syria to Eido assassination
Lebanon's Hariri points finger at Syria as the terrorist serial killer-Ya Libnan
2007 State Department report on human trafficking in Lebanon-Daily Star - Lebanon
Mediator hopeful despite new heavy clashes at Nahr al-Bared-Daily Star
March 14 MP Walid Eido assassinated in Beirut bombing-Daily Star
Rizk refuses to withdraw slander case against New TV-Daily Star
Damascus denies UN report of arms crossing into Lebanon-Daily Star
Pro-government politicians call for dialogue to break political impasse-Daily Star
Makhzoumi: Leaving army on its own fuels divisions-Daily Star
2007 State Department report on human trafficking in Lebanon-Daily Star
Phillipines prepares mass evacuation-Daily Star
Fighting in North too close for comfort for Minyeh residents-Daily Star
Human Rights Watch flays treatment of Palestinians-Daily Star
Qabbani blasts militants taking cover in mosques-Daily Star
Fatah al-Islam planned to assassinate Siniora, Jumblatt-Daily Star
Standing Up to
Killers:Syria Must Answer for Its Murders in Lebanon
By Hussain Abdul-Hussain
Thursday, June 14, 2007; Page A27
A bomb in Beirut yesterday killed Walid Eido, a member of the Lebanese parliament, and his son, Khaled, one of the smartest, sweetest and most delightful friends I have ever had.
I should wait for the results of an investigation into the explosion to learn who killed Khaled and his dad. But I will not wait. I am tired of the murders in Lebanon. I accuse the Syrian regime, headed by President Bashar al-Assad, of killing Khaled. As a friend of the family, I want to press charges against Assad and his Syrian and Lebanese associates. Enough is enough with the Syrian regime and its Lebanese puppets.
Walid Eido was a member of the anti-Syrian parliamentary majority. Before his untimely death, the majority bloc comprised 69 of the legislature's 128 members. Now, the majority's margin has been narrowed to five, and there is no reason to believe that Syria will not go after these people and kill them, one after another, until it forces the government to collapse.
For the past few months Eido had been the target of a demonizing campaign by Syria's foremost ally, Hezbollah. Similar Hezbollah campaigns against other anti-Syrian lawmakers preceded their assassinations.
Hezbollah has been a supportive partner to Syria, often thanking the Assad regime for what it has "offered" my country. In truth, Hezbollah has sold out Lebanon's national interests to the regional autocrats of Syria and Iran.
Hezbollah might not have started the streak of assassinations of anti-Syrian Lebanese politicians that began with the killing of former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri in February 2005, but the militant group has certainly been complicit with the criminal Syrian regime.
Since Hariri's murder, we in Lebanon have seen the best of our politicians and journalists murdered, one after another.
Before Khaled's death, I had already lost one of my most inspirational friends, journalist Samir Kassir. He was murdered by a car bomb on June 2, 2005.
Gebran Tueni, who had been my boss at the Arabic daily An Nahar, was killed that December, also by a car bomb.
With each murder, we Lebanese have swallowed our anger and fought hard for an international tribunal, which the U.N. Security Council approved last month. We hoped the tribunal would deter the Syrian regime and its Lebanese puppets from further killings. Yet a murderer is a murderer, with or without a tribunal, and the killings don't stop.
As I write these words, I understand that I am risking my personal safety. Speaking out could jeopardize my security during visits home.
But I owe it to Samir, Gebran and now Khaled to write this. I want to tell the Syrian regime and its Lebanese cronies that the Lebanese are willing to fight for their freedom despite the heavy cost.
And while I'm at it, I have some words for our Syrian brethren living under the tyranny of the Damascus regime: Stand up for your rights and say no to dictatorship. Tyrants might kill some Lebanese politicians and throw other Syrian human rights activists in jail, but they cannot kill all of the Lebanese or imprison all Syrians.
We shall prevail. We shall prevail for Kamal Jumblatt, Rene Moawad, Rafiq Hariri, Samir Kassir, George Hawi, Gebran Tueni, Pierre Gemayel and all other Lebanese killed at the hands of the Assad regime. We shall stand up for the Syrian freedom lovers Anwar and Akram al-Bunni, Aref Dalila, Riad Seif, Mamoun Homsi and Kamal Labwani, among others, no matter how ruthless and ugly the Syrian dictatorship can get.
There will come a day when Lebanon is free and Syria democratic.
The writer, a media analyst, is a former reporter for the Daily Star of Lebanon.
Lebanon observed a Day of National Mourning Thursday as angry mourners chanted anti-Syrian cries at the funeral of legislator Walid Eido who was killed in a massive car bomb the day earlier. Before noon Thursday, the bodies of Eido, his son and a bodyguard were taken in ambulances, covered with Lebanese flags, from the American University Hospital in West Beirut to the Verdun neighborhood where the slain politician lived. The funeral procession went through the main thoroughfare of Corniche Mazraa, where pictures of the slain politician were posted on walls and overpasses. The funeral took place at the Shohada Cemetery several kilometers away after a prayer service at the Khashikji mosque. Saad Hariri, leader of the anti-Syrian majority bloc in parliament to which Eido belonged to, Druze leader Walid Jumblat and other prominent anti-Syrian leaders marched behind the ambulances along with hundreds of people, with the crowds swelling as the procession went on. Thousands of mourners gathered on the streets, carrying flags of the Hariri Future movement and shouting the Islamic cry "There is no God but Allah." "With our soul, with our blood we shall redeem you Saad," chanted the mourners, many waving banners of Hariri and Eido's Future Movement.
"Beirut wants revenge on (pro-Syrian Lebanese President Emile) Lahoud and (Syrian President) Bashar (Assad)," cried the mourners marching behind ambulances carrying the coffins of Eido, his son, Khaled, and a bodyguard who were killed with him. Another bodyguard and six other people were also killed in the explosion near the Sporting Club swimming center where Eido and his son were swimming. Eleven other people were wounded in the 5:40 p.m. blast in Beirut's seaside Manara district. Eido and Khaled had just left the facility when the bomb went off, hurling them into the Nejmeh Sporting Club some 20 meters from the explosion site.
The fatalities included two Eido bodyguards, two players from Nejmeh that has become the most fan-supported Football club in Lebanon, and four other passers-by.
Local media said the car was rigged with 80 kilograms of explosives and detonated by remote control. Prime Minister Fouad Saniora, who declared Thursday a Day of National Mourning for Eido, called for an extraordinary meeting of Arab foreign ministers to discuss Eido's murder.Businesses, banks as well as public and private schools and universities across Lebanon were closed Thursday to observe this day of mourning.(Naharnet-AP-AFP) Beirut, 14 Jun 07, 07:13
Tight-lipped on Eido's Assassination
Syria on Thursday made no official comment on the assassination of anti-Damascus legislator Walid Eido despite widespread belief in Lebanon that the Assad regime was behind the attack. State media reported "the assassination of MP Eido," quoting reactions from pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud and Speaker Nabih Berri.
Official newspapers quoted Lahoud as saying "this crime coincides with progress made in finding a solution to Lebanon's political crisis." Eido, was killed along with his son and eight others in Beirut's seaside Manara district on Wednesday, the latest in a string of killings the ruling coalition has blamed on Damascus. However, the Al-Watan daily, which describes itself as independent, "directly accuses the (anti-Syrian) parliamentary majority of having sacrificed MP Eido in order to continue its destructive project in Lebanon." Al-Watan said the killing and "baseless accusations against Syria are aimed at propping up the false report" presented to the U.N. by special envoy Terje Roed-Larsen on Monday that accused Syria of smuggling arms into Lebanon. In response to the report, the U.N. Security Council reiterated "deep concern" at "illegal movements of arms" across the border, amid fears of escalating strife.(AFP-Naharnet) Beirut, 14 Jun 07, 11:51
350 S. Korean
Peacekeepers to Arrive in Lebanon Next Month
South Korea will send 350 peacekeepers to Lebanon in July, the Defense Ministry in Seoul said Thursday, as part of international efforts to oversee a cease-fire between Israel and Hizbullah. The mission of the South Korean troops, who are set to be deployed July 19, include "monitoring and reconnaissance in responsible areas" in the southern port city of Tyre, the ministry said in a report to the legislature. South Korean troops will also help train Lebanese soldiers, the ministry said, adding that Seoul has started shipping vehicles, containers and other equipment to south Lebanon. About 13,000 U.N. troops are positioned along Lebanon's border with Israel under U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 which brought an end to last summer's war between the Jewish State and Hizbullah.(AP-Naharnet) Beirut, 14 Jun 07, 10:43
for Arab Help, Hariri Urges Arab League to Boycott Syria
Prime Minister Fouad Saniora called for an extraordinary meeting of Arab foreign ministers to discuss the assassination of MP Walid Eido as legislator Saad Hariri urged the Arab League to boycott Syria. "We are calling for an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Arab foreign ministers so that the Arab League assumes its responsibilities towards Lebanon," Saniora said after a government meeting late Wednesday. Saniora, who declared Thursday a "Day of National Mourning," also urged the United Nations to provide technical help for the investigation into Eido's murder along with nine others in a Beirut car bombing.
He said Eido's killing should be added to the U.N. enquiry into previous attacks in Lebanon, including the 2005 murder of former Premier Rafik Hariri which has been widely blamed on neighboring Syria. Damascus, which has denied links with the attacks, was forced to end 29 years of military domination in Lebanon after the Hariri assassination. "We will not surrender... despite the dozens of assassinations and hundreds of bombings" against anti-Syrian targets in Lebanon since October 2004, Saniora said. "They want to drown Lebanon in destruction ... they don't want a free and independent Lebanon," he said, vowing not to "surrender to terrorism."
Saniora said Eido's murder was part of a plan to destabilize Lebanon, including security breaches by "a gang sent from across the border" which has been locked in fierce fighting with the Lebanese army in north Lebanon since May 20.
He was referring to militants of Fatah al-Islam, which is involved in a continuing standoff in the northern refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared and which Saniora has previously said was linked to Syrian intelligence services. A government official said Saniora made the appeal after calls to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit, Arab League chief Amr Moussa, Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani, Saudi Foreign Minister Saoud al-Faisal and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed. MP Saad Hariri blamed Syria for Eido's murder and called on the Arab League to "boycott the terrorist regime" targeting the country. "It is the same fingers which killed Rafik Hariri," said Hariri who has publicly accused Damascus of murdering his father, a five-time prime minister of Lebanon. The ruling coalition in Beirut has accused Syria of seeking to eliminate members of the parliamentary majority, which now has only a six-seat majority in the 128-member house after a string of assassinations.(Naharnet-AFP) Beirut, 14 Jun 07, 07:56
Council Slams Eido's Assassination
The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday joined the chorus of condemnation of the bombing which killed legislator Walid Eido, his son and eight others without pointing the finger at any country. "The Security Council unequivocally condemns the terrorist attack which killed at least nine persons, including MP Walid Eido and injured several others," it said. It said council members "condemn any attempt to destabilize Lebanon, including through political assassination or other terrorist attacks."
Earlier Wednesday, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon also blasted what he called the "terrorist attack" and appealed to all Lebanese to unite in the face of "acts of intimidation."
On Monday, Ban vowed to help Lebanon set up "in a timely manner" the international court to try ex-Premier Rafik Hariri's suspected assassins.
A U.N.-Lebanon agreement on the tribunal came into force Sunday in line with Resolution 1757 adopted by the Security Council on May 30.
Syria's U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said the bombing appeared aimed at influencing an upcoming U.N. report on security along the Lebanon-Syria border. The study was authorized following reports of weapons smuggling from Syria. "This is why we think that these criminal hands have one objective, which is to target the Lebanese-Syrian relationship," he told The Associated Press.(AFP-AP-Naharnet) Beirut, 14 Jun 07, 07:45
Finger over Eido Killing
U.S. President George Bush on Wednesday condemned MP Walid Eido's assassination in a Beirut bomb blast and noted that the victims of the spate of attacks have always been those who sought an end to Syrian meddling in Lebanon's affairs. U.S. officials said the attack was aimed at undermining democracy in Lebanon.
"There has been a clear pattern of assassinations and attempted assassinations in Lebanon since October 2004," Bush said in a statement. "Those working for a sovereign and democratic Lebanon have always been the ones targeted. The victims have always been those who sought an end to Syrian President (Bashar) Assad's interference in Lebanon's internal affairs.""I strongly condemn today's assassination," Bush said.
He added: "The United States will continue to stand up for Lebanon, its people, and its legitimate government as they face these attacks."
The assault "on Lebanese state institutions by terrorists and armed extremists, cross-border arms trafficking, and efforts by the regimes in Damascus and Tehran to foment instability in Lebanon must stop now," he said. In a statement, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice condemned the bombing and described it as "yet another vicious and cowardly act against a courageous member of Lebanon's democratically-elected Parliament." "The aim of this attack can only be the silencing of yet another Lebanese political leader working for a sovereign and democratic Lebanon," Rice said. Asked if Washington saw Syria's hand in the attack, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said it was too soon to tell. "That's the first question that people ask: 'Is Syria behind it?' I can't tell you at this point," he told reporters.
"But very clearly this is the work of those who intend or want to undermine Lebanese democracy."French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Eido's murder an "atrocious assassination.""I would like to address my most sincere condolences to the victims' families. I express the wish that the light will be shone on the circumstances surrounding this abominable assassination and that the authors of this heinous act will be brought to justice," he said.(AFP-Naharnet) Beirut, 14 Jun 07, 07:34
Assassination of Lebanese Parliamentarian Walid Eido
Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Office of the Spokesman
June 13, 2007
The United States condemns today's brutal assassination of Lebanese Parliamentarian Walid Eido and at least eight others.
This bombing is yet another vicious and cowardly act against a courageous member of Lebanon's democratically-elected Parliament. The aim of this attack can only be the silencing of yet another Lebanese political leader working for a sovereign and democratic Lebanon. Adding to the already too long list of Lebanon's unsolved bombings, this attack has taken the lives of Lebanese who aspire to live in peace and security and with optimism for the future for themselves and their families.
The Lebanese people deserve to know the truth behind this attack and others like it. The expeditious establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is an important step in bringing to justice those behind similar crimes and for putting an end to political violence in Lebanon. The Lebanese people deserve to live in an independent and secure country without fear of violence and intimidation from those who would seek to undermine Lebanese democracy. The U.S. extends its condolences to the families of all victims and to the Lebanese people for their tragic and regrettable loss.2007/480
FACTBOX: Five facts about slain Lebanese MP Walid Eido
Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:13PM EDT
(Reuters) - Lebanese anti-Syrian member of parliament Walid Eido was killed on Wednesday after a bomb targeted his car near Beirut's popular seafront in the Sunni Muslim western part of the city.
One of Eido's sons was also killed in the blast in which eight other people were killed and 11 were wounded.
Here are five facts about Eido:
* Born in 1942 in Beirut, he graduated in 1966 and became a magistrate a year later. In the late 1990s he was north Lebanon's public prosecutor. Eido won a seat in parliamentary elections in 2000 and 2005 and was a member of several parliamentary committees.
* Eido was a Sunni Muslim and a member of the majority anti-Syrian parliamentary bloc of Saad al-Hariri, which controls Lebanon's Western-backed government.
* He was a vocal opponent of Syrian influence in Lebanon and an ally of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri before his assassination by a massive car bomb in February 2005.
* Eido used to be a member of the Sunni Murabetoun militia during Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war.
* He was an avid swimmer and the bomb exploded outside his favorite Beirut beach resort, Sporting Club.
Bush links Syria to Eido assassination
WASHINGTON, June 13, 2007 (AFP) - US President George W. Bush on Wednesday indirectly accused Syria of involvement in the Beirut blast that killed a Lebanese anti-Syrian MP and nine others, which US officials said was aimed at undermining democracy in Lebanon.
"There has been a clear pattern of assassinations and attempted assassinations in Lebanon since October 2004," Bush said in a statement.
"Those working for a sovereign and democratic Lebanon have always been the ones targeted. The victims have always been those who sought an end to Syrian President Assad's interference in Lebanon's internal affairs."
Lebanese MP Walid Eido, 65, his eldest son Khaled and eight others were killed on Wednesday in a bomb blast near his Beirut beach club that the ruling majority in parliament blamed on Damascus.
"I strongly condemn today's assassination," Bush said.
He added: "The United States will continue to stand up for Lebanon, its people, and its legitimate government as they face these attacks."
The assault "on Lebanese state institutions by terrorists and armed extremists, cross-border arms trafficking, and efforts by the regimes in Damascus and Tehran to foment instability in Lebanon must stop now," he said.
Damascus continues to wield considerable clout in Lebanon, where a standoff between the Syrian-backed opposition and the Western-backed government has paralyzed politics for seven months.
Eido, the Sunni chairman of parliament's defense committee, was a member of the Future Movement of MP Saad Hariri, whose father and former premier Rafiq Hariri was assassinated in a similar seafront blast more than two years ago.
Eido is the third member of the parliamentary majority to be killed in a car bombing in the past two years.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said that US officials "condemn this act of terrorism."
"This act of violence is clearly meant to undermine and subvert the resolve of the Lebanese people and the Lebanese democratic process to try to build a more prosperous, stable, free Lebanon that is free from outside influence," he said. Asked if Washington believed Syria was behind the attack, McCormack said it was too soon to tell. "That's the first question that people ask: 'Is Syria behind it?' I can't tell you at this point. But very clearly this is the work of those who intend or want to undermine Lebanese democracy."But he added that history had shown "this act of terror is only going to serve to strengthen the resolve of those people who are on the front lines of Lebanese democracy."The blast came after a recent spate of deadly bomb and grenade attacks in and around the capital which members of the ruling coalition have blamed on neighboring Syria.
Anti-Syrian lawmaker Eido killed in Beirut blast
NewsAgencies 13/ 06/ 2007
BEIRUT: Anti-Syrian lawmaker Walid Eido, his elder son, two bodyguards and two passersby were killed in a powerful explosion that rocked northwest Beirut Wednesday. The total number of fatalities is not yet clear. The explosion which went off by the seafront, near a swimming pool and a military club, also injured about 10 people. The blast went off when explosives rigged to a car were detonated. It is not clear whether a suicide bomber was inside the vehicle, or whether the explosives were set off by remote control.
Lebanon MP Walid Eido was the target of today's explosion, Bio
Wednesday, 13 June, 2007
Beirut- The explosion today that took the life of MP Walid Eido , his eldest son Khaled and 2 of his body guards in addition to 6 others has many similarities to that that took the life of former PM Rafik Hariri and 22 others on Feb 14 2005
Like in the case of Hariri's assassination Eido was targeted in today's explosion by a booby trapped car.
Like in the case of Hariri's assassination the a booby trapped car was a Mitsubishi, but this time it is a 4 wheel Pajero
Like in the case of Hariri's assassination all fingers are pointed at Syria for being this murder too, since Walid Eido was an outspoken critic of Syria
Eido is the third Member of the parliament to be assassinated, since Rafik Hariri and Bassil Fleihan were killed. The other 2 were Gibran Tueini , son of al Nahar General manager MP Ghassan Tueini and and Pierre Gemayel, son of former president Amin Gemayel
Eido 65, was born in 1942 in Lebanon's capital Beirut
Married with 3 children Khaled, Zaher and Mazen
Khaled was killed today along with his father
Mazen according to the latest reports was injured in the explosion and taken to the American University Hospital in Beirut
Eido is of the Moslem Sunni faith
Graduated with a law degree from the Lebanese University in 1966
Became a judge in 1967 and resigned from the judiciary in 2000 to run for elections as an MP
Was first elected as an MP in 2000 and reelected in 2005
He is a member of al Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc which is headed by MP Saad Hariri, son of slain PM Rafik Hariri.
With the death of Eido the anti- Syrian parliament majority has been reduced from 71 to 70
In Lebanon Speaker Nabih Berri announced the death of Eido and strongly condemned his assassination.
Prominent critic of pro-Syrian opposition
MP Eido was very critical of Hezbollah , the summer war with Israel and the pro-Syrian opposition protest in down town Beirut
On February 12 the Pro-Hariri MP Eido has claimed the opposition protesters in Beirut have brought "arms, clubs and chains" into their camps "probably to foment trouble."
On April 6, 2007 MP Walid Eido asked Lebanon’s prime minister Fouad Siniora to end the current standoff and replace the resigned Ministers .
Eido said "it is time to end this resignation mockery by replacing the resigned ministers in accordance with the constitution so that the government can go back to work."
On April 9 MP Eido sounded very disappointed in Hezbollah leader speech, when Nasrallah attacked the Hariri tribunal and asked “ is this how you show your loyalty to our former leader Prime minister Rafik Hariri ? Is this how you show your loyalty to the person who protected the resistance ( meaning Hezbollah ) and gave it legitimacy? Is this how you stab your friend in the back ? Is this how you show your loyalty to Lebanon, by crippling its economy and destabilizing it ?
Eido was also very critical of the timing of Hezbollah leader speech …Easter Sunday and added : Is this how you show respect and loyalty to our Christian brothers and sisters on this holy day ? On May 4, 2007, MP Walid Eido commented about Hezbollah leader praise for the Israeli war report “ It is a country that respects itself and we respect our enemy when Prime Minister Olmert establishes such a commission to criticize him”
Eido urged Lebanon’s Prime Minister to set up a similar commission to investigate the summer war. Eido said this is the civilized way and should be welcomed by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah who praised the Israeli report . The Lebanese want to know the truth about the war and its implications on the country .
Anti-Syrian MP killed in Beirut blast
By United Press International
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Walid Eido, an anti-Syrian member of the Lebanese parliament, his son and two bodyguards died Wednesday in a car bombing in Beirut.
At least six others were killed in the blast outside a military sports club in the Manara neighborhood on the edge of the Mediterranean. Eleven people were reported injured by an explosion that shattered windows. Eido was an ally of Saad Hariri, son of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was killed in a similar attack two years ago, CNN reported. Walid Jumblatt, another critic of Syrian involvement in Lebanon, told CNN he believes the Damascus government wants to get rid of legislators who oppose it. "With this bunch of assassins in Damascus, they don't care about international justice," he said.
A U.N. investigation determined that Syrian officials might be behind the Hariri assassination. Eido, like Saad Hariri, advocated a U.N. tribunal, which the Syrian government opposed.