A car bomb has exploded in Beirut, narrowly missing Defence Minister Elias Al-Murr. It is the first bomb to target an openly pro-Syrian politician.
Until now, all of the assasinations had been targetted against people who worked against Syrian involvement in Lebanon. But Elias Al-Murr is a staunch ally of Damascus.
The Defence Minister is married to President Emile Lahoud’s daughter, and is one of the country’s leading businessmen.
This attack leads to one of two conclusions: either Lebanon is spiraling towards attack and retaliation, or outside forces are involved, intent on destabalisation at the expense of Lebanon – and Syria. Eyes will surely turn southwards tonight – towards Israel.