Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Independence Day cancelled. Funeral scheduled. Courtesy of the Axis of Peace.

Mourners gather ahead of Gemayel funeral

Tense Lebanon gathers for funeral of murdered minister
Rice and rose petals rained down this morning on the coffin of Pierre Gemayel, the prominent anti-Syrian politician assassinated in Beirut yesterday, as Lebanon stood gloomily on the edge of another political crisis.

Lebanese President, Emile Lahoud:.
"I was supposed to deliver today the independence speech but we were surprised by this disaster which hit all the Lebanese," Lahoud said, adding that the murder was part of a "conspiracy" that began with the February 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri...Therefore, I tell the Lebanese that today is the time for them to unite or else all of Lebanon will lose,"
Security Council OKs Hariri Tribunal
"With the Security Council's approval, it now will be up to the Lebanese government to make the final decision on establishing the tribunal.."

Lebanon approves court amid crisis
"Lebanon's depleted government Monday approved a United Nations draft setting up an international tribunal to try suspects in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
The draft laying out plans for a tribunal now goes to the U.N. Security Council."

Looks like it's back to the UN for more dithering. While Kofi and his cronies are fiddling around over there at Dag Hammerskold Plaza you can read this excellent piece by Mario Loyola.