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Old 09-19-2007, 06:03 PM
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Angry Bomb kills anti-Syrian lawmaker: Photos

BEIRUT, Lebanon - An anti-Syrian lawmaker who had just returned to Lebanon two days ago from refuge abroad was killed Wednesday along with six other people by a bomb that rocked a Christian neighborhood of the capital, security officials said.

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Antoine Ghanem is the eighth prominent anti-Syrian figure to be assassinated since 2005.

The bombing, which the security officials said also wounded 22 people, heightened tensions ahead of a presidential vote that already threatened to throw the country into turmoil.

Many Lebanese fear divisions over the presidency could lead to the creation of two rival governments, a grim reminder of the last two years of the 1975-90 civil war when army units loyal to competing administrations battled it out.

Ghanem, 64, a member of the right-wing Christian Phalange Party, was the target of the bomb, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

The Voice of Lebanon radio station, which is owned by the Phalange party, confirmed Ghanem's death. The identities of the others killed were not immediately known.

The bombing on a main street in the Sin el-Fil district severely damaged nearby buildings and set several cars on fire. Blood and debris covered nearby streets.

The attack came six days before parliament was scheduled to meet to elect a new president in a vote expected to be deeply divisive. Four of the slain lawmakers have been from the U.S.-backed majority coalition, reducing its margin in parliament.

"It is clear lawmakers from the (anti-Syrian) majority are being liquidated," Cabinet Minister Ahmed Fatfat told The Associated Press.

He blamed the Syrian regime for the assassination, adding: "It is the only regime that does not want presidential elections in Lebanon to be held."

White House press secretary Dana Perino said it was "no coincidence" that the attack came as Lebanon prepared to elect a new president.

"Since October 2004, there has been a pattern of political assassinations and attempted assassinations designed to intimidate those working courageously toward a sovereign and democratic Lebanon," said White House press secretary Dana Perino.

"The victims of these cowardly attacks have consistently been those who publicly sought to end Syria's interference in Lebanon's internal affairs," she said.

When pressed, Perino said she was not directly blaming Syria, but added, "As I've said, there's been a pattern, and this would seem to fit into the pattern."

Syria condemned the attack, which it said was meant to sabotage efforts by the Lebanese people to reach agreement.
"This criminal act aims at undermining efforts made by Syria and others to achieve a Lebanese national accord," Syria's state-run news agency SANA quoted an anonymous Syrian official as saying.

Former Lebanese President Amin Gemayel, who heads the Phalange Party, said Lebanon's democracy was at stake.


"It's not anymore a question of presidential elections. It's a question of the survival of this country and democracy in the country that's at stake for the time being," Gemayel told CNN. The former president's son, Cabinet minister and lawmaker Pierre Gemayel, was slain in November.

The assassinations of anti-Syrian figures began with former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was killed in a massive car bombing in February 2005.

Syria's opponents in Lebanon have accused Damascus of being behind the killings, a claim Syria denies.

His death sparked massive protests that helped bring an end to Syria's nearly 30-year domination of Lebanon. Damascus was forced to withdraw its troops from Lebanon in 2005, and a government led by anti-Syrian politicians was elected.

Since then, the government of U.S.-backed Prime Minister Fuad Saniora has been locked in a power struggle with the opposition, led by Syria's ally Hezbollah. Government supporters have accused Syria of seeking to end Saniora's slim majority in parliament by killing off lawmakers in his coalition.
After the assassination of Parliament member Walid Eido in June, many majority legislators spent the summer abroad for security reasons. Others who stayed took extra precautions.

Explosives experts examined the engine of Ghanem's car, which was hurled at least 50 yards away by the blast. Bystanders, looking shocked, watched as ambulances and civil defense workers searched for more victims.

Ghanem was traveling Wednesday in a car with regular license plates, his blue plate hidden in the trunk, apparently as a security measure. Fatfat told AP that Ghanem returned Monday from abroad where he had been taking refuge for the past two months.

According to local newspapers, a landmark hotel near the parliament building in downtown Beirut has been rented for majority members to protect them during the 60-day presidential election process, which begins Sept. 25.

Pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud is due to step down by Nov. 23, and government supporters see the vote as the opportunity to put one of their own in the post. Hezbollah and its allies have vowed to block any candidate they don't approve of — and they can do so by boycotting the vote, preventing the necessary two-thirds quota.

If there is no agreement on a candidate by the time Lahoud steps down, Saniora and his Cabinet would automatically take on executive powers. If that happens, opposition supporters have said Lahoud might appoint a second government, a step many fear would break up the country.
With Ghanem's death, Saniora supporters hold 68 of parliament's 128 seats, compared with the opposition's 59.

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A woman reacts at the scene of explosion as she stands in a damaged office in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007. A powerful bomb killed a pro-government Parliament member and six others Wednesday in a Christian suburb east of the Lebanese capital, security officials said. The blast targeted Antoine Ghanem, 64, a member of the right-wing Christian Phalange Party, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Tawil)



Lebanese army soldiers secure the scene of a car bomb in a Christian suburb of Beirut. Anti-Syrian lawmaker Antoine Ghanem was killed in a car bombing in a Christian suburb of Beirut on Wednesday, plunging deeply divided Lebanon into further chaos just days ahead of a crucial presidential election.(AFP/Joseph Barrak)



Rescue workers put out the blaze at the scene of a car bomb that ripped through a Christian suburb of Beirut. Anti-Syrian lawmaker Antoine Ghanem was killed in a car bombing in a Christian suburb of Beirut on Wednesday, plunging deeply divided Lebanon into further chaos just days ahead of a crucial presidential election.(AFP/Joseph Barrak)



A wounded civilian is rushed from the site of a car bomb in a Christian suburb of Beirut. Anti-Syrian lawmaker Antoine Ghanem was killed in a car bombing in a Christian suburb of Beirut on Wednesday, plunging deeply divided Lebanon into further chaos just days ahead of a crucial presidential election.(AFP/Marwan Harmouche)



Rescue workers rush to help victims after a car bomb ripped through a Christian suburb of Beirut. Anti-Syrian lawmaker Antoine Ghanem was killed in a car bombing in a Christian suburb of Beirut on Wednesday, plunging deeply divided Lebanon into further chaos just days ahead of a crucial presidential election.(AFP/Joseph Barrak)



A Lebanese civilian runs in front of burning cars at the site of a car bomb in a Christian suburb of Beirut. Anti-Syrian lawmaker Antoine Ghanem was killed in a car bombing in a Christian suburb of Beirut on Wednesday, plunging deeply divided Lebanon into further chaos just days ahead of a crucial presidential election.(AFP/Toufic Chebib)



Firefighters try to extinguish burning cars in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007. A powerful bomb killed a pro-government Parliament member and six others Wednesday in a Christian suburb east of the Lebanese capital, security officials said. The blast targeted Antoine Ghanem, 64, a member of the right-wing Christian Phalange Party, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Tawil)



A man runs near burning cars in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007. A powerful bomb killed a pro-government Parliament member and six others Wednesday in a Christian suburb east of the Lebanese capital, security officials said. The blast targeted Antoine Ghanem, 64, a member of the right-wing Christian Phalange Party, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press. (AP Photo/Grace Kassab)



A Lebanese soldiers stands near a dead man at the site of explosion that targeted Antoine Ghanem, a member of the right-wing Christian Phalange Party, in a Christian suburb east of Beirut, Lebanon Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Grace Kassab)



A firefighter tries to extinguish a burning car in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007. A powerful bomb killed a pro-government Parliament member and six others Wednesday in a Christian suburb east of the Lebanese capital, security officials said. The blast targeted Antoine Ghanem, 64, a member of the right-wing Christian Phalange Party, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press. (AP Photo/Grace Kassab)



Lebanese inspectors, look at a dead body covered by a blanket that lies inside a damaged car at the scene where a powerful bomb killed a pro-government Parliament member in a Christian suburb east of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday Sept. 19, 2007. The powerful bomb killed a pro-government Parliament member and six others Wednesday in a Christian suburb east of the Lebanese capital, security officials said. The blast targeted Antoine Ghanem, 64, a member of the right-wing Christian Phalange Party.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)










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Good Post Seven; Lebanon will be soon crashed in war between Muslims and Israel; It's sad that they don't have control over their country.
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ANOTHER ASSASSINATION!!! Bomb Kills Antoine Ghanem!



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It looks like Syria went to work in Lebanon today!


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A car bomb killed Anti-Syrian Christian leader Antoine Ghanem!

Rafik Hariri -February 14, 2005
Samir Kassir -June 2, 2005
George Hawi -June 21, 2005
May Chidiac (attempted assassination) -September 25, 2005
Gebran Ghassan Tueni -December 12, 2005
Pierre Amin Gemayel -November 21, 2006
Walid Eido -June 13, 2007
Antoine Ghanem- September 19, 2007

ANOTHER... Anti-Syrian Lebanese politician was murdered today in a bombing!

A 40-kilogram strong car bomb killed anti-Syrian Christian leader Antione Ghanem and eight others six days before the Lebanese Parliament is scheduled to meet to elect a new president.


Rescue workers rush to help victims after a car bomb ripped through a Christian suburb of Beirut. An anti-Syrian lawmaker was killed in a car bombing in a Christian suburb of Beirut, shaking Lebanon just a week ahead of a crucial election in the divided country.(AFP/Joseph Barrak)


A Lebanese soldier stands next to a body after an an explosion in eastern Beirut September 19, 2007.At least five people were killed in a car bomb attack in the eastern part of Beirut on Wednesday, security sources said. (REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir)

The AP reported:
BEIRUT, Lebanon - A bomb killed an anti-Syrian lawmaker and four other people Wednesday in a Christian suburb east of the Lebanese capital, security officials said.

The blast targeted Antoine Ghanem, 64, a member of the right-wing Christian Phalange Party, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

The Voice of Lebanon radio station, which is owned by the Phalange party, also confirmed Ghanem's death. The identities of the others killed were not immediately known.
The blast also damaged several nearby buildings and set four cars alight- BBC.
The BBC has video (HERE) from Beirut.

An injured man speaks on his mobile after an an explosion in eastern Beirut September 19, 2007. At least five people were killed in a car bomb attack in the eastern part of Beirut on Wednesday, security sources said. (REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir)

Lebanese Ya Libnan News reported that the bomb was placed in the car near his home:
The explosion took place near the home of former president Amine Gemayel close to the Hayek roundabout in Hirsh Tabet of Sin el Fil suburb of Beirut.

Red Cross officials told Lebanese Broadcasting Corp. that 20 people were wounded in the massive blast, which caused a huge fireball and damaged dozens of cars.

Nearby buildings were heavily damaged and broken glass littered the street, near the Librairie Antoine, a bookstore.

MP Ghanem was a member of the Phalangist party which is headed by former president Gemayel. He represented the upper Metn region of Mount Lebanon. He is a Christian Maronite and a member of the anti-Syria Parliament majority .

No details on the type of bomb used in the blast but according to security sources the bomb was placed inside car .
From Beirut to the Beltway says this horrible tragedy was expected:
The pro-Syrian and Hizbullah-led coalition threatened to boycott the session if March 14 used a majority vote to elect a president. Many in March 14 expected political assassinations to precede the election and reduce the parliament's majority. The Assad regime opposes a president from March 14, and insists on a pro-Syrian president to safeguard its interests and the interests of its allies in the country, including Hizbullah.

As for the Assad regime, it has just reconfirmed to the world, especially to the French, that it does not care about dialogue or open relations with the west.
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A civil defense worker checks on a dead bomb blast victim inside a car in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007. (AP)

Blacksmiths of Lebanon has more photos from the blast today.
Publius Pundit blogger Manuela Paraipan is on the scene in Beirut with photos.
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Live from Lebanon v. III: BREAKING NEWS

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The Associated Press reports that a bomb has exploded "in a Christian suburb east of the Lebanese capital Wednesday, killing anti-Syrian lawmaker Antoine Ghanem (pictured) and six other people." Ghanem becomes the eighth prominent anti-Syrian figure assassinated since 2005.
Our Manuela Paraipan is on the scene in Beirut. She writes:
I find it very difficult to believe although I saw the place. I still cannot believe it is true. I was at a meeting in Verdun when the bomb exploded and I heard the news over the radio and headed towards Sin El Fil. It is the first time ever that I saw a place after a bomb exploded and I have yet to get accustomed to the thought. There were lots of people, army and police. Just when I arrived some said that a body was still caught in the remains of a car but I did not see anything. Kataeb (Phalange Christian party) MP Antoine Ghanim lost his life and at least 4 or 5 other persons. There are many speculations on the ground and some were saying that maybe it was Syria. It is yet too soon to know for a fact. After Pierre Gemayel was killed in November in the very same neighborhood now it was Antoine Ghanim turn. Regardless of who did it and why, it is a fact that Christians are a target. Even now after few hours people are still there... it is unbelievable. I am speechless. A friend called to say that he heard of at least 25 persons being injured and taken to the hospitals. I cannot but ask: Who has the major interest to destabilize Lebanon? Who has weakened Lebanon for decades and who is still using it as a card in its regional game? Definitely Syria. Iran is there next to Damascus but even though these two share some common objectives the approach is different. Syria acts in Lebanon through its proxies and the list is long. Weapons enter from Syria to various parties, movements, cells etc. It is not only HizbAllah that gets the weapons. That is known for a fact. If the outside world want to change things in Lebanon cut Syria off.
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