He was a member of an intelligence and political team that is waging a violent battle against the regime in Syria, and against that regime’s allies – in Syria itself and in Lebanon, Iraq and the Gulf, extending to Iran and Russia.
It is stupid, indeed immoral, to portray the assassination of Wissam al-Hassan as a political/security operation aimed at serving local purposes. And as justice is based on laws, evidence, verdicts and prosecutions, it’s no good riling against the perpetrator now. Until a judicial body that is not controlled by the US passes judgement, all such talk qualifies as merely part of the domestic political game.
Did these juveniles stop to think what if Mikati had been in the Saray, the protestors had been able to storm and torch it, and people had been killed? Were they planning for Mikati to be physically killed? At least that’s what we heard in their rantings from the podiums.
So why does it now want to take us back in time seven years, marked by folly, fickleness and attempted empowerment through foreign intervention as happened in June 2006?
Everyone who knew him or worked with him or near him knew he was in danger, and that he was aware of what he was doing and used to defend his choices. He knew his life could come to an end at any moment. Those who want to continue his journey can do so in the manner they want, but without making the rest of the Lebanese pay the price for mistaken choices.Ibrahim al-Amine is editor-in-chief of Al-Akhbar.This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.