December 28, 2013

The Meaning of the Chatah Assassination

Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

The Associated Press

The attack should probably be analyzed at three levels simultaneously: the domestic confrontation between the March 14 and March 8 coalitions; the armed conflict to bring down or save the Syrian regime; and the wider ideological conflict across the Middle East that is driven to a large extent by Iran and Saudi Arabia. Killing Shatah at this time and in the heart of March 14’s political terrain in West Beirut echoes elements of all three conflicts.

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TAGGED: Mohammad Shatah, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Syria, Middle East


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