The Lebanese Army. The one neutral institution in Lebanon. Yes, they deserve a lot of criticism, but taking sides is not one of them.
So no wonder the Hariri gang is upset that they didn’t come running when they lost their mini-civil war.
There’s no doubt that Michel Sleiman is not partisan. He has the backing of the Opposition, March 14, the US and even – possibly – Israel. But the fact that the army didn’t act as Hariri’s private armed forces upset him. Quite a lot.
Future TV has launched scathing attacks – accusing the army of working for Hizbollah, by walking in to Future News with Amal gunmen to cut the cables.
But most dangerously, they claimed yesterday that around 40 Sunni Commanders resigned over the way the conflict was handled. (It was quoted elsewhere, but the quotes originate from Lebanese Forces newspaper An-Nahar).
Sleiman has now totally denied this black propaganda.
Creating a perception that the army is pro-Opposition is the one thing that CAN split the army – and the country.
Future TV fans were crying over the loss of their ‘free speech’ – and this is what they are doing with it. Shame on them.