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Saturday, June 04, 2005

Reflections on Assassination of Kassir

Like many, this crime and its motives have been on my mind over the past two days. So many questions, so few answers.

In hindsight, Samir Kassir was the Dean of the Opposition because he started to speak out so early into the process of Syrian hegemony over Lebanon. He had the courage to say it, while most of us were afraid to utter a word. Many of us are still writing anonymously because we know that we could be within harms way.

But perhaps, if there were more voices like Kassir's, perhaps if there were more bloggers and writers out there 10 years ago, perhaps if we were all as courageous as he was, perhaps the Syrians might have left earlier? We can't change the past, but we can learn from it.

This means that we should be get intimidated but rather continue to speak out the truth under the assumptions of freedom of speech. It is Syria's government that is the anomaly, not the freedom loving Lebanese people.

Two days prior to his death, Samir Kassir said on a French TV that "some Syrian intelligence still existed in Lebanon, but their abilities to harm have been curtailed".

Could his death be a cowardly response to such comments?


Anonymous nada b. said...

There are those who wait for the "right moment" to make their move, and those, like Samir Kassir, who make the "right moment" happen.

-nada b.

8:15 PM  

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