Beirut Car Bomb Kills Prominent Politician

By: Toni Matthews-El - December 27, 2013

The nation of Lebanon is still reeling from the latest in a series of politically-motivated terrorist bombings. Early Friday a car bomb exploded in Beirut’s commercial and banking district. About 132 pounds of explosives were believed to have been detonated at the scene. In the aftermath, 71 people were reportedly injured and 5 were killed. Mohammad Chatah, 62, was determined to be among the deceased.

Chatah was a prominent Sunni politician and known for his unabashed criticism of Hezbollah and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. He was reportedly headed to a meeting of the March 14th coalition held at the mansion of ex-premier Saad Hariri. Hariri’s own father, Rafiq Hariri, was the victim of a terrorist bombing, having died mere blocks away from Friday’s chaotic scene.

Members of the March 14th coalition have implied that enemies in Damascus and the organization Hezbollah are responsible for the bombing: “…The criminal is the same, he who is thirsty for the blood of Syrians… he and his Lebanese allies”.

Saad Hariri also laid cryptic blame at doorstep of March 14th coalition enemies, saying the bombing was the fault of, “…those who are hiding from international justice and who have spread the regional fire to the (Lebanese) nation… and who killed Rafiq Hariri”.”

Despite what Chatah’s surviving allies believe, the organization’s enemies have thus far refused to admit to any possible role in the bombing. A statement from Hezbollah called the bombing a threat to national unity. Syrian leaders denied the, “wrong and arbitrary accusations.” So far, no one has come forward to take credit for the car bombing.

The violence is symbolic of an ongoing power struggle in the region. Lebanese citizens are becoming increasingly divided over the conflict in neighboring Syria. Some fear it might not be long before Lebanon is thrown back into a level of violence echoing the civil war of decades past.

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  • Wow

    This ladies and gentlemen is what a real terrorist attack looks like. This is what happens when terrorists are really in your country.

    Now, lets look at America. So many unguarded targets, but yet, no daily terrorist attacks. I hate to tell everyone but all this terrorist talk that goes on in America is nothing but fear based propaganda. If there really were terrorists here, we would be having attacks like the one above every single day.

    Now why do I say this? I say it because all these spying programs are about controlling the American people and not terrorists. At this point, I am not even sure 9/11 was even done by terrorists. There are so many things that do not add up about 9/11. But hey, they didn’t want to find out the truth about 9/11. They spent more money investigating Monica’s Lewinsky’s blowjob than they did on investigating 9/11. That only happens when you do not want to find the truth. Really think about that. A blow job was more important than 3,000 deaths.

    Amount of money allocated for the 1986 Challenger disaster investigation: $75 million
    Amount of money allocated for the 2004 Columbia disaster investigation: $50 million
    Amount of money allocated for Clinton-Lewinsky investigation: $40 million
    Amount of money allocated for the 9/11 Commission: $14 million

    Look above America. That is a real terrorist attack. That isn’t happening here. Instead, we have all our “terrorist” attacks when the government is conducting a drill or training exercise. It makes you really wonder why that is.