A massive car-bomb has just hit Ashrafiyeh – the trendy East Beirut area. It killed far-right columnist Samir Qasir outside his home.
He has written angry articles about the Lebanese puppet regime, but in recent times he has made more enemies than friends.
He made no secret of his support for far-right Solange Gemayal, the wife of the man installed as puppet President of Lebanon by Israel. She won her seat with almost no competition after rival candidates mysteriously withdrew.
Prominent opposition leader Walid Jumblatt has already blamed puppet President Emile Lahoud. Jumblatt is after Lahoud, and this will hasten calls for the President to step down. Jumblatt earlier called for Lahoud to stay, so that the election could take place as scheduled, but with the election now in process, those shakles are off.
Welcome to Lebanese democracy.