Lebanese Sunnies ‘want’ civil war!

01Sep08

An imam was killed yesterday & five people wounded.

The shooting erupted between Sunnis and Alawites (whose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a follower of the faith) in the village of Sheikhlar in the Northern region of Akkar.

The village lies about 50 kilometers north of Tripoli, the scene of a recent spate of deadly clashes between the two communities which each support rival political factions.

In June and July, 23 people were killed in battles between Sunni supporters of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and their Damascus-backed rivals from the Alawite community.

A point to note is that Alawites are an offshoot of Shiite Islam. The Village of Sheikhlar is also home to Maronite Christians.

Last Sunday, the Lebanese Army put down evening clashes in the mostly Sunni Beirut neighborhood of Corniche al-Mazraa.

So you tell me; Why this sudden eruption of ‘sectarian’strife?



2 Responses to “Lebanese Sunnies ‘want’ civil war!”

  1. Jester please, don’t generalize…I am sure that the Sunni bourgeoisie don’t want civil war ;)

  2. Sad to say that this is a reminder of how the Lebanese are far from having drawn any lessons from 15 years of war. They still allow themselves to be manipulated by empty slogans and outside influences. I fear that such clashes will spread and lead to a full blown war.


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