United in opposition to Syria, but rivals in every other way, there are growing fears Samir Jaja was behind the assassination of Pierre Gemayel.
Jaja became leader of the far-right Lebanese Forces in 1986 after overthrowing Elie Hobeika. Jaja became known as a fearless leader, targeting Christian rivals as much as his other enemies in Lebanon. He was jailed in 1994 for murdering Lebanese Prime Minister Rashid Karameh.
Gemayel’s Phalange party is one of Jaja’s main rivals today (along with Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement). And since the murder of Hariri, Gemayel and Jaja have worked together in the March 14 camp. But it doesn’t hide their rivalry.
Just days ago Jaja warned that he was certain a minister was about to be assassinated. The Syrians would obviously be blamed, but does that offer a blanket cover for anyone else who wants to take out any anti-Syrian politician?
And today, during the funeral, he made a play to gain the support of Phalange party members, now that organisation has been decapitated.
All circumstantial evidence, and yes, I have convicted Jaja by a ‘crime of intentions’. But that’s no different to the March 14th’s explanation for how Syria can be responsible is it?