It’s Simple Really
But you have to have a modicum of will. Remember this from my previous post?
11:30 Berri's interview ends amid heavy gunfire (Monday March 24, Naharnet)
It turns out that stray bullets hit three people in the aftermath. Two were hit in the Cite Sportive area and one woman in Achrafieh was more seriously injured and almost died according to L’Orient-LeJour (link good one day). Now Lebanon also has the story.
Sonia Saade (or Eid according to Now Lebanon), a 50-year old woman, had her lung; liver, diaphragm and a membrane near the heart perforated by one bullet and had to be operated on immediately. She is in critical condition.
Here are the reaction as quoted in L’Orient. [The criminal thugs were Berri's this time, but recently Nasrallah’s and Hariri’s were doing same), my translation:
The FL (Lebanese Forces) ask Berri to restrain his militiamen and demand that Berri apologize to “targeted” citizens and to victims.
After that, thankfully they ask the army and the police to arrest these people. That’s a first. The rest of the FL statement is a diatribe against Syria and its lackeys that weakens the simple argument that these firings in the air are criminal and intolerable. They need to be stopped yesterday, regardless of Syria’s involvement.
MP Boutros Harb asks politicians to restrain their partisans. He barely mentions that the practice is illegal.
Finally Ulama Hussein Fadlallah urges leaders to take their responsibilities and to ban these practices.
OK, so reactions are mostly focused on asking the head-thug to ban the practice with a couple of background call for the law to assert itself. These acts are already ILLEGAL and CRIMINAL. What do we care what the bosses of these animals think or do?
Notice the absence of any governmental voice.
Notice that these calls/pleas have gone out before and that the practice continues.
Where are the government, police and army?
Where are the unanimous calls to arrest these thugs?
Where are the calls to STOP pleading with the leaders, who clearly can’t or won’t do anything?
Where are the clear and unanimous editorials in the press?
Deploring is fine but how about pressure on ACTUAL SPECIFIC people in the government and police to ACT on a matter that has to be totally BIPARTISAN and needs no further discussion?
PS Of course, there was also this video of one of the animals, a few days back.