The neo-conservative Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) happily informs us:
The editor of the Syrian daily Al-Watan, Wasah Abd-Raba, accused the Lebanese majority of sacrificing murdered Lebanese MP Walid ‘Eido in order to continue its plan to destroy and internationalize Lebanon. He said that it was obvious that the murderer came from within Beirut and had had security immunity—which only the supporters of al-Hariri and the March 14 Forces could provide.
It is not clear if the word “majority” is MEMRI’s paraphrase or Abd-Raba’s verbatim, but the March 14 Forces refers to the anti-Syria bloc which forms a majority in Lebanon’s parliament—taking their name from the date of the “Cedar Revolution” that forced Syrian military forces to withdraw in 2005, following the terror-blast assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The March 14 movement is led by Rafik’s son Saad Hariri.
Given that MEMRI has it own not-so-hidden agendas for Lebanon, we can assume they are calling attention to Syrian conspiracy theorizing in order to advance their own conspiracies…
Meanwhile, Samir Geagea, leader of the right-wing Lebanese Forces, accused Syria of having assassinated Eido “in a bid to reduce the number of parliamentary majority MPs” and “topple the government.” (Lebanon Daily Star, June 16)
A government statement from the official Syrian news agency SANA June 14 condemned the assassination of Eido, but also denounced “the fabricated lies and accusations” against Damascus.
Eido was killed in a bomb blast at a club in Beirut’s fashionable seaside Manara district June 13. His son and eight other were also killed in the blast. (Ya Libna, June 15)