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The Warlord: Vote Me, I Killed Your Family During the Lebanese Civil War

The Warlord: Vote Me, I Killed Your Family During the Lebanese Civil War

Written by Aaron Peterson

 

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In Lebanon, the March 14th Movement have appointed Samir Geagea as their presidential candidate to represent the Lebanese nation. Gaegea is a convicted war criminal, his war crimes are well noted and they include rape, beheading, dumping of bodies over bridges, sinking people with “concrete shoes”  and destroying places of worship. Gaegea believes that after his release from prison following the Cedar Revolution and his apologizing for the crimes that he committed during the Lebanese Civil War, that he is now a figure to be promoted to leadership.

Can one of the most notorious of Lebanon’s warlord’s and one of the last remaining of them truly serve the interests of the people of Lebanon? What of the families who saw brothers, sisters and sons slaughtered by the Lebanese forces? Is it not pouring salt in their wounds even further? Does Lebanon really need a figure who represents all the bloodiness of sectarian violence at a time when Lebanon’s security is in general question at the moment?

The March 8th Movement, have vowed to boycott the election if Geagea is to be March 14’s candidate. Once more, the political system of confessionalist Lebanon is threatened for a dissolution. With ongoing violence as part of the spillover of the Civil War in many communities of Beirut and Tripoli, ithas to be asked, who stands to benefit from the appointment of a Gaegea? Do the people stand to benefit from a notorious convicted war criminal or are there outside interests involved?

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