Lebanon's Chatah buried to anti-Hezbollah chants

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Beirut – Mourners chanting anti-Hezbollah slogans laid to rest former Lebanese minister Mohamad Chatah on Sunday after he was killed by a car bomb his allies blame on the powerful Shi’ite group.

Friday’s attack on Chatah, a Sunni who was a vocal critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Lebanese ally Hezbollah, has once again stoked sectarian enmities exacerbated by the spillover of Syria’s conflict.

“There is no God but God and Hezbollah is the enemy of God,” mourners chanted as Chatah’s coffin – draped in green and gold cloth – was carried to a central Beirut mosque.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing which killed Chatah and six others. It was the latest in a series of attacks on both sides of the divide in Lebanon, where the government is paralysed by a standoff along sectarian lines.

Chatah’s Future movement and other Sunni groups support the largely Sunni Muslim rebel movement fighting to topple Assad. Iranian-backed Hezbollah has sent its fighters to help Assad, who is from the Alawite offshoot of Shi’ite Islam.

The burial of Chatah reflected Lebanon’s tensions.

Chatah funeral 12He was laid to rest alongside Sunni statesman Rafik Hariri, killed in a 2005 bombing just a few hundred metres (yards) from the site of the Chatah attack.

Addressing the cheering crowd, former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora made what mourners took to be a reference to a coming political showdown with Hezbollah, pledging peaceful action to “liberate the nation from occupation through weapons.”

Hezbollah is the only group that kept its weapons after Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war, saying they were needed for defence against Israel, but it has also become one of Lebanon’s most powerful political forces.

“MARTYR OF MODERATION”

Chatah’s killing, condemned by Hezbollah as a crime, would probably not trigger Sunni-Shi’ite violence, political observers said.

Unlike Future’s leaders such as Siniora and Hariri’s son Saad, whose own government was brought down by Hezbollah in 2011, Chatah was an academic and economist with no power base of his own. He had served as finance minister and as ambassador to the United States.

Posters hanging over the square where he was buried – where a towering Christmas tree stood next to Beirut’s largest mosque – showed Chatah’s face beside a red and white Lebanese flag with the words “Martyr of Moderation”.

Michael Young, opinion editor of the local Daily Star newspaper, described the killing as a low-risk strike at Sunni groups blamed for recent car bombs that targeted the Iranian embassy and Shi’ite districts run by Hezbollah.

“They chose a target whose death wouldn’t provoke violence,” he said.

The killing also carried particular symbolism three weeks before a Western-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon, based in The Hague, begins the trial in absentia of five Hezbollah suspects accused of killing Rafik al-Hariri. Both Hezbollah and Syria denied accusations made in a U.N. investigation that they were behind the assassination.

The site of the bombing in which Chatah died, a part of the city rebuilt by Hariri after Lebanon’s war, was itself meant to send a message, analyst Rami Khouri said.

“People will see this as a sign this violence can now happen in the heart of Hariri land just like it was happening in the heart of Hezbollah land before,” he said. “Any target is now permissible in any part of the country.”

Lebanon has been under a caretaker government since March and sectarian-fuelled political squabbles have made it impossible to form a new one.
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Hezbollah officials fear Future and its political bloc, known as March 14, are getting support from President Michel Suleiman, a Christian, to form a government which would exclude the Shi’ite group.

“This would be a confrontational government that would bear no resemblance to the national unity government that we have been calling for,” one Hezbollah official said.

Reuters

  • 5thDrawer

    Some notes on the statements quoted here …..
    One a statement of simple fact:
    “an academic and economist with no power base of his own” … among many, a ‘neutral’ wishing for equality of citizenship and law in a country he loved, and a government which reflected that.
    VS, a ‘confrontation statement’ not revering the man at all:
    “This would be a confrontational government that would bear no resemblance to the national unity government that we have been calling for,”…. and this a ‘unity’ of one, mind you … a veto over equality, or a controllable 9-9-6 division, or years of no real government at all … while all of every stripe struggle to make a living, while not losing a head to a bullet or bomb.

    “They chose a target whose death wouldn’t provoke violence,”

    I think, as this travesty to a Man of Lebanon soaks into the brains, the violence should not be needed.
    But it IS time for the confrontation.
    Only the firm resolution to finally make a constitution and a government which will reflect the desires of ALL those without a ‘power-base’ should be welcomed, and not be opposed.
    Can Lebanon step up to the plate and give Nastyrallah the ‘UNITY’ he supposedly seeks?
    Will the Lebanese show him that??
    Or is this the funeral of it all?

    • Hind Abyad

      I’m very sad, the best of men, the most funny, gracious Geo, is gone, he was harrassed by hezzies he tried to be human with him, but..

      • cook

        lol

      • Peaceforleb

        Hind my dear, its very hard to be Human with a non human. Geo is a tough boy. He will be back. Only this time, I’m sure he will be more careful with who he exchanges comments with.

        • Hind Abyad

          I’m sad he didn’t deserve that, it’s YaLibnan responsability to stop such gratuitious personal attacks, hezz wrote to me in Arabic i have never seen that..i can’t repeat only that it ends with sharmouta.

          • Peaceforleb

            Hind seriously, would you expect anything else from such a person. A scum bag at its best. And don’t worry Hind, IT can’t help himself, IT will continue with the insults which will result with yalibnan kicking its ass out of here. At the very least they should for Geo’s sake. :)))

          • 5thDrawer

            (begins with Kiss Imak …. 😉

          • Hind Abyad

            Exctreemely worst and uncommun ..not an everyday stuff

          • Hind Abyad

            You want to know? Here it is, no where you can see this on a public blog.
            (lezee teeze ya bint Sharmouta) great community, with big IQ.

          • GrapeLeaves

            Real men do not denigrate women.

        • Reasonableman

          Hey did they put a new sign up at dolls point yet after aymen ksebe drowned??

          Make sure you sign the petition let me know if you want the link.

          • Peaceforleb

            Not sure. Its never good to hear of such news that devastates an entire family and community. I have 3 kids bro with one being the same age as poor little Aymen Allah yirhamou. That story touched myself as well as my family. Please send me the link. That would be very much appreciated.

          • Reasonableman

            yeah its a sad thinking your going to the beach with the family to cool off but instead losing your son yalateef, but sub7anallah it was his time. Inshaa allah you never endure such a thing.

            change dot org/en-AU/petitions/rockdale-city-council-clear-warnings-could-have-saved-this-little-boys-life-it-s-time-to-fix-dangerous-doll-s-point-before-another-child-is-lost

          • Peaceforleb

            God we have some brainless people in this world. Although i don’t usually give a flying F@%k whether I get voted up or down, why would the above post I made attract a vote down. I’m talking about a poor child who lost his life in Sydney last week yet some piece of shit (which BTW i know who it is) votes me down. Animals will always be animals.

      • Prophettttt

        Hind,So many wonderful people like geo have left this site. So many talented members who contributed,and added valuable input to this forum have left this site. All have done so for the same reasons geo has;disrespect by few people who come in running their mouths and throwing insults at everyone who disagree with them.
        I hate to see geo leave. geo is a wonderful and sensible person who respects everyone and has always earned everyone’s respect. To see him leave because the site did not handle this incident (AND MANY OTHERS BEFORE)properly by banning that person and removing his insulting comments is not excusable.An occasional general warning does not do the job.
        It all started when I put out a comment wishing people “merry and happiness” ,yet that same creature responded by insulting me. I didn’t think He was worth responding to since I hardly ever comment anymore.Few good people felt the need to say something about it,but that same person continued with his insults . Nothing was done about it . No warning,and no banning.
        Sadly,geo has left,and as far as I know,He closed his account totally.It is a shame that geo leaves and some creature who is full of hatred and nastiness is allowed to stay.
        The way this creature treated you was very offensive,and geo felt,rightly so, that this person should never be allowed on this forum. Unfortunately, He is running around and running his mouth all over the forum. With this type of behavior, there is no room for good people like geo. Unfortunately, the site is welcoming all kind of traffic without any serious policy that forces people to respect the forum and its members.
        I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture.
        One more thing, this site should open up a synagogue for all the Hebrew people following you. lol

        • Hind Abyad

          Prophettttt, it’s still more a sad story.. geo closed his account i tougth he would come back. What is this, YaLibnan left the insults to Hannibal’s mother on the site and mine (in Arabic) they were not removed, whats the use, i’ve never seen that, Al Jazeera let pass many things but it will mark “This comment was removed by moderator” it takes it out without banning, the offender is carefull with his next comment. They have to refine it here, there are limits for obscenities and porn. YaLibnan let go brilliant minds and friendly people and keep stupids.
          I feel your sadness too your letter expresse it very strongly, thank you for comming to talk to me.

          YaLibnan may react more if the Hebrews were attacked, they warned me when
          i wrote “idiot” to a pro Israeli “the real Lebanese” ..no Lebanese, who say Palestine is invented.. ex Heraclitus wrote “Urging to stop spamer Discus_ numbers and letters../ from my private disqus setting.

        • 5thDrawer

          Yes, we all get a warning on occasion … I am lucky perhaps that I didn’t need to add a string of ‘r’s. I suppose. 😉
          It can be very tricky sometimes, especially when we let the blood boil a little, to maintain the ‘nice’ concept; while stating an opinion and allowing freedom of speech – and when also trying to maintain ‘civility’. I’m quite sure the various ‘mods’ have different levels of ‘allowability’ ingrained in their consciences … too.
          YaLibnan lays out a ‘policy’ of engagement … and I for one have found the site a great preference over other places (such as U-Tube) where kindergarden types throw out the most disgusting comments testing the new words they discovered in the playground … usually unrelated to the subject at all.
          As they say, ‘it takes all kinds’.
          I think too, Prophet, that after some of us sincerely trying to discuss a ‘future’ concept of what we would rather see happen in Lebanon than what it seems to be becoming again, leads to real frustration – especially when reading all the unrelated garbage history (interesting in itself sometimes) trying to be applied to a modern solution – and as with Geo we just let the words fly. And justifiably too. Then it’s up to the discretion of ‘one’ mod in who to send into the ether again.
          Hind is right about sites such as Al Jazeera … but I’m sure their funding allows for more adjudication too. YaLibnan is probably as poor as Lebanon.
          Hind is also one lady brave enough to stand against our horde of boorish males.
          🙂
          The only hope in ‘plugging away’ here is that some minds can begin to change.

          Sometimes, like Geo, for the sake of the blood pressure, I think walking away with a ‘parting shot’ is not a bad idea.
          As for the hebrews … 😉 … there can be as much accuracy in their contributions too … I suppose. But I see ALL the ‘religiousness’ dampening the whole concept of trying for some ‘peace’ – whether here or in the countries.
          Happy New Year to ALL … even the fatheads. 🙂
          They should be so lucky.

  • 5thDrawer

    Some notes on the statements quoted here …..
    One a statement of simple fact:
    “an academic and economist with no power base of his own” … among many, a ‘neutral’ wishing for equality of citizenship and law in a country he loved, and a government which reflected that.
    VS, a ‘confrontation statement’ not revering the man at all:
    “This would be a confrontational government that would bear no resemblance to the national unity government that we have been calling for,”…. and this a ‘unity’ of one, mind you … a veto over equality, or a controllable 9-9-6 division, or years of no real government at all … while all of every stripe struggle to make a living, while not losing a head to a bullet or bomb.

    “They chose a target whose death wouldn’t provoke violence,”

    I think, as this travesty to a Man of Lebanon soaks into the brains, the violence should not be needed.
    But it IS time for the confrontation.
    Only the firm resolution to finally make a constitution and a government which will reflect the desires of ALL those without a ‘power-base’ should be welcomed, and not be opposed.
    Can Lebanon step up to the plate and give Nastyrallah the ‘UNITY’ he supposedly seeks?
    Will the Lebanese show him that??
    Or is this the funeral of it all?

    • Hind Abyad

      I’m very sad, the best of men, the most funny, gracious Geo, is gone, he was harrassed by hezzies he tried to be human with him, but..

      • cook2half

        lol

      • Peaceforleb

        Hind my dear, its very hard to be Human with a non human. Geo is a tough boy. He will be back. Only this time, I’m sure he will be more careful with who he exchanges comments with.

        • Hind Abyad

          I’m sad he didn’t deserve that, it’s YaLibnan responsability to stop such gratuitious personal attacks, he wrote to me in Arabic i can’t repeat, i have never seen that..it ends with sharmouta.

          • Peaceforleb

            Hind seriously, would you expect anything else from such a person. A scum bag at its best. And don’t worry Hind, IT can’t help himself, IT will continue with the insults which will result with yalibnan kicking its ass out of here. At the very least they should for Geo’s sake. :)))

          • 5thDrawer

            (begins with Kiss Imak …. 😉

          • Hind Abyad

            Exctreemely worst and uncommun ..not an everyday stuff

          • Hind Abyad

            You want to know? Here it is, no where you can see this on a public blog.
            (lezee teeze ya bint Sharmouta) great community, with big IQ.

          • GrapeLeaves

            Real men do not denigrate women.

        • Reasonableman

          Hey did they put a new sign up at dolls point yet after aymen ksebe drowned??

          Make sure you sign the petition let me know if you want the link.

          • Peaceforleb

            Not sure. Its never good to hear of such news that devastates an entire family and community. I have 3 kids bro with one being the same age as poor little Aymen Allah yirhamou. That story touched myself as well as my family. Please send me the link. That would be very much appreciated.

          • Reasonableman

            yeah its a sad thinking your going to the beach with the family to cool off but instead losing your son yalateef, but sub7anallah it was his time. Inshaa allah you never endure such a thing.

            change dot org/en-AU/petitions/rockdale-city-council-clear-warnings-could-have-saved-this-little-boys-life-it-s-time-to-fix-dangerous-doll-s-point-before-another-child-is-lost

          • Peaceforleb

            God we have some brainless people in this world. Although i don’t usually give a flying F@%k whether I get voted up or down, why would the above post I made attract a vote down. I’m talking about a poor child who lost his life in Sydney last week yet some piece of shit (which BTW i know who it is) votes me down. Animals will always be animals.

      • Prophettttt

        Hind,So many wonderful people like geo have left this site. So many talented members who contributed,and added valuable input to this forum have left this site. All have done so for the same reasons geo has;disrespect by few people who come in running their mouths and throwing insults at everyone who disagree with them.
        I hate to see geo leave. geo is a wonderful and sensible person who respects everyone and has always earned everyone’s respect. To see him leave because the site did not handle this incident (AND MANY OTHERS BEFORE)properly by banning that person and removing his insulting comments is not excusable.An occasional general warning does not do the job.
        It all started when I put out a comment wishing people “merry and happiness” ,yet that same creature responded by insulting me. I didn’t think He was worth responding to since I hardly ever comment anymore.Few good people felt the need to say something about it,but that same person continued with his insults . Nothing was done about it . No warning,and no banning.
        Sadly,geo has left,and as far as I know,He closed his account totally.It is a shame that geo leaves and some creature who is full of hatred and nastiness is allowed to stay.
        The way this creature treated you was very offensive,and geo felt,rightly so, that this person should never be allowed on this forum. Unfortunately, He is running around and running his mouth all over the forum. With this type of behavior, there is no room for good people like geo. Unfortunately, the site is welcoming all kind of traffic without any serious policy that forces people to respect the forum and its members.
        I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture.
        One more thing, this site should open up a synagogue for all the Hebrew people following you. lol

        • Hind Abyad

          Prophettttt, it’s still more a sad story.. geo closed his account i tougth he would come back. What is this, YaLibnan left the insults to Hannibal’s mother on the site and mine (in Arabic) they were not removed, whats the use, i’ve never seen that, Al Jazeera let pass many things but it will mark “This comment was removed by moderator” it takes it out without banning, the offender is carefull with his next comment. They have to refine it here, there are limits for obscenities and porn. YaLibnan let go brilliant minds and friendly people and keep stupids.
          I feel your sadness too your letter expresse it very strongly, thank you for comming to talk to me.

          YaLibnan may react more if the Hebrews were attacked, they warned me when
          i wrote “idiot” to a pro Israeli “the real Lebanese” who say Palestine is invented.. he’s no lebanese, ex Heraclitus wrote “Urging to stop spamer Discus_ numbers and letters../ from my private disqus setting, in public, nobody can do this except with insider relations..

        • 5thDrawer

          Yes, we all get a warning on occasion … I am lucky perhaps that I didn’t need to add a string of ‘r’s. I suppose. 😉
          It can be very tricky sometimes, especially when we let the blood boil a little, to maintain the ‘nice’ concept; while stating an opinion and allowing freedom of speech – and when also trying to maintain ‘civility’. I’m quite sure the various ‘mods’ have different levels of ‘allowability’ ingrained in their consciences … too.
          YaLibnan lays out a ‘policy’ of engagement … and I for one have found the site a great preference over other places (such as U-Tube) where kindergarden types throw out the most disgusting comments testing the new words they discovered in the playground … usually unrelated to the subject at all.
          As they say, ‘it takes all kinds’.
          I think too, Prophet, that after some of us sincerely trying to discuss a ‘future’ concept of what we would rather see happen in Lebanon than what it seems to be becoming again, leads to real frustration – especially when reading all the unrelated garbage history (interesting in itself sometimes) trying to be applied to a modern solution – and as with Geo we just let the words fly. And justifiably too. Then it’s up to the discretion of ‘one’ mod in who to send into the ether again.
          Hind is right about sites such as Al Jazeera … but I’m sure their funding allows for more adjudication too. YaLiban is probably as poor as Lebanon.
          Hind is also one lady brave enough to stand against our horde of boorish males.
          🙂
          The only hope in ‘plugging away’ here is that some minds can begin to change.

          Sometimes, like Geo, for the sake of the blood pressure, I think walking away with a ‘parting shot’ is not a bad idea.
          As for the hebrews … 😉 … there can be as much accuracy in their contributions too … I suppose. But I see ALL the ‘religiousness’ dampening the whole concept of trying for some ‘peace’ – whether here or in the countries.
          Happy New Year to ALL … even the fatheads. 🙂
          They should be so lucky.

  • Tk

    The polarization of the 2 parties ideas and the future of Lebanon seems dark. I haven’t seen any law maker that show any interest in the stability of the country. Lebanon have lived a civil war of 25 years and I am assuming the Lebanese had enough of it but unfortunately the direction and trends of the country leave me no choice to think about the worse.

    • 5thDrawer

      Perhaps has become ‘generational’ ….. 25 years civil war, 15 of occupation – which included 6 of ‘rebuilding’ underground gangs as well as some city things like buildings under Hariri, mostly in Beirut – and another 10 after they blew him out of the picture.
      40 years of civil strife. Thank you Religious Idiots. Does anyone who didn’t leave the place know how now ?? Chatah may well have been almost the last old guy who could remember anything before ’74, because they sure don’t teach it in the schools.

  • Tk

    The polarization of the 2 parties ideas and the future of Lebanon seems dark. I haven’t seen any law maker that show any interest in the stability of the country. Lebanon have lived a civil war of 25 years and I am assuming the Lebanese had enough of it but unfortunately the direction and trends of the country leave me no choice to think about the worse.

    • 5thDrawer

      Perhaps has become ‘generational’ ….. 25 years civil war, 15 of occupation – which included 6 of ‘rebuilding’ underground gangs as well as some city things under Hariri, mostly in Beirut – and another 10 after they blew him out of the picture.
      40 years of civil strife. Thank you Religious Idiots. Does anyone who didn’t leave the place know how now ??

  • Leborigine

    Every time a Lebanese politician criticises syria or assad gets either targeted or killed. How many now, 12, 13, 50 critics?! What happened to freedom of speech?? syria has always been the thorn in our a$$. Their presence in Lebanon caused us to fight and kill each other for 30 years and now their civil war is creating tension and more strife between us. The president mentioned in another article that the Lebanese army is receiving aid from KSA to protect our borders against the enemies like Israel and have a powerful army, but not once did he mention that our borders should be protected from syria, the greater and more potent enemy!

    • Hind Abyad

      The World is tale told by a fool full of sound and furry wich at the end, means nothing at all..

      • Leborigine

        Mmmm, I see an avid McBeth reader.
        The world is also full of idiots who think that it is raining when in fact they are being pissed on!

        • Hind Abyad

          Not worthy of Shakespeare

    • Patience2

      Syria, which is currently Iran.

  • Leborigine

    Every time a Lebanese politician criticises syria or assad gets either targeted or killed. How many now, 12, 13, 50 critics?! What happened to freedom of speech?? syria has always been the thorn in our a$$. Their presence in Lebanon caused us to fight and kill each other for 30 years and now their civil war is creating tension and more strife between us. The president mentioned in another article that the Lebanese army is receiving aid from KSA to protect our borders against the enemies like Israel and have a powerful army, but not once did he mention that our borders should be protected from syria, the greater and more potent enemy!

    • Hind Abyad

      The World is tale told by a fool full of sound and furry wich at the end, means nothing at all..

      • Leborigine

        Mmmm, I see an avid McBeth reader.
        The world is also full of idiots who think that it is raining when in fact they are being pissed on!

        • Hind Abyad

          Not worthy of Shakespeare

    • Patience2

      Syria, which is currently Iran.

  • GrapeLeaves

    Hezbollah is a blot on humanity: Violence is for savages.

    RIP Chatah.

  • GrapeLeaves

    Hezbollah is a blot on humanity: Violence is for savages.

    RIP Chatah.

  • Prophettttt

    Yalibnan, As we all say goodbye to 2013 and welcome a New year,I want to wish your staff and members of this community-including those who insist and continually show disrespect to others- a very happy and peaceful New Year.
    I would like to use this opportunity to address a very serious problem,of which your admin should be very well aware of. Disrespect on this form has reached an unbearable level. The lack of enforcement of any site policy is encouraging Some to push it to an unprecedented level ;a level of which the use of sharmoota and similar terms are becoming very common.
    This behavior,and the lack of any enforcement is driving good people away from this site. People like geo should not have to close their accounts and leave. Those who disrespect the idea of open and respectable debate should be forced to leave instead.
    Do the right thing. Thank you.

  • Prophettttt

    Yalibnan, As we all say goodbye to 2013 and welcome a New year,I want to wish your staff and members of this community-including those who insist and continually show disrespect to others- a very happy an peaceful New Year.
    I would like to use this opportunity to address a very serious problem,of which your admin should be very well aware of. Disrespect on this form has reached an unbearable level. The lack enforcement of any site policy is encouraging. Some to push it to an unprecedented level ;a level of which the use of sharmoota and similar terms are becoming very common.
    This behavior,and the lack of any enforcement is driving good people away from this site. People like geo should not have to close their accounts and leave. Those who disrespect the idea of open and respectable debate should be forced to leave instead.
    Do the right thing. Thank you.