Today marks the 36 anniversary of Lebanon civil war

The war should stand as a lesson for us to overcome our current disputes. The political leaders should take bold steps to bridge the gap between the Lebanese, ” Lebanon’s PM-designate Nagib Mikati was quoted as saying on the 36th anniversary of the Lebanese civil war.

March 14 General Secretariat said in a statement after its weekly meeting:”The danger of the civil war still stands given the possession of arms outside the state authority.”

This is in reference to the non-state arms of Hezbollah.

Mikati has been trying to form a government in Lebanon but FPM leader Michel Aoun’s unreasonable demands for a disproportionate share and his insistence on having the interior ministry have reportedly prevented the PM designate from forming the cabinet until now.

The The Iranian and Syrian -backed Hezbollah brought down PM Saad Hariri’s government on January 12 over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s (STL) imminent indictment which is widely expected to implicate Hezbollah members in the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri in 2005

Mikati was appointed in January as the PM designate with the backing of the Hezbollah March 8 alliance and MPs Walid Jumblatt and Mohammad Safadi . March 14 leaders have repeatedly said that intimidation from Hezbollah’s weapons helped secure the parliamentary majority for Mikati’s nomination.

Jumblatt and his PSP parliament members reportedly switched allegiance to Hezbollah’s PM candidate, following threats by Hezbollah.

Jumblatt, Mikati and Safadi were all elected on March 14 electoral tickets during the 2009 parliamentary elections.

Update:

Amnesty International issued a statement on Wednesday announcing an upcoming report that will shed the light on the thousands of people who went missing during the 15-year Lebanese Civil War that started in 1975.

“The Lebanese authorities must act to investigate the fate of the thousands of people still missing since its brutal civil war, which began 36 years ago this week,” Amnesty International said in the report, which will be published on Thursday.

“The report entitled Never Forgotten: Lebanon’s Missing People highlights how the disappearances have left affected families in a permanent state of limbo, and those responsible unaccountable,” the statement added.

  • lebster

    What did we learn???? Nothiiiiiiing!!!!!!!! Certain sects want to dominate others as usual. Always was always seems to be unfortunately, just the music and players changed.

  • Anonymous

    What did we learn???? Nothiiiiiiing!!!!!!!! Certain sects want to dominate others as usual. Always was always seems to be unfortunately, just the music and players changed.

  • Anonymous

    What did we learn???? Nothiiiiiiing!!!!!!!! Certain sects want to dominate others as usual. Always was always seems to be unfortunately, just the music and players changed.

  • Anonymous

    What did we learn???? Nothiiiiiiing!!!!!!!! Certain sects want to dominate others as usual. Always was always seems to be unfortunately, just the music and players changed.

  • Hannibal

    I like the “bousta”… It reminds me of Charles Revere’s “The English are coming… The English are coming”

  • I like the “bousta”… It reminds me of Charles Revere’s “The English are coming… The English are coming”

  • Beiruti

    Lets not talk Shia, Sunni or Christian here. Lets just remember and pray for the 250,000 dead.

    • lebnaneh

      my brother praying is good but lets hope thats we learned something after all this years and we have enought expirence of the bad tast of the war and we will never ever let it happen again in our beautifull country there is only one word for war is destroy we need peace we need to rebuild god help our lebanon

  • Anonymous

    Lets not talk Shia, Sunni or Christian here. Lets just remember and pray for the 250,000 dead.

    • Anonymous

      my brother praying is good but lets hope thats we learned something after all this years and we have enought expirence of the bad tast of the war and we will never ever let it happen again in our beautifull country there is only one word for war is destroy we need peace we need to rebuild god help our lebanon

  • Fauzia45

    Man can choose to create a world where all can live and share together or continue to cling to narrow outdated egoistical interests of all kinds ;political ,religious that create fear and hate and lead to man s folly ;war!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Man can choose to create a world where all can live and share together or continue to cling to narrow outdated egoistical interests of all kinds ;political ,religious that create fear and hate and lead to man s folly ;war!!!!

  • antar2011

    btenzeker w maa bten3aad.

    not only we should remember the missing from the war but also those who are emprisoned in syrian jails for many years…perhaps even died there.

  • antar2011

    btenzeker w maa bten3aad.

    not only we should remember the missing from the war but also those who are emprisoned in syrian jails for many years…perhaps even died there.

  • Anonymous

    btenzeker w maa bten3aad.

    not only we should remember the missing from the war but also those who are emprisoned in syrian jails for many years…perhaps even died there.