2013 ended on a very bad note for Lebanon with the assassination of the juggernaut anti-Assad strategist Mohammad Chatah in the heart of Beirut. The bombing coupled with the political stalemate, a more defiant Hezbollah and “pockets of radicalization” in the Lebanese Sunni community, promise more violence and instability.
The Chatah assassination could be a sign for what is next for Lebanon. The country that has seen more than 13 assassinations in the last six years might be bracing for a new cycle.Joyce Karam
In fact, Chatah’s name was among those threatened by former Lebanese Brigadier General and a close Assad ally Mostafa Hamdan. Hamdan included Chatah on his list of those “who will pay a hefty price for intervening in the Syrian situation.” Sources close to Chatah tell Al Arabiya News that there were serious threats against him but “he refused to take them seriously.”