A member from the March 14 Coalition, Ali Hamade, told Al Arabiya that Assad is sending his message to regional and international powers that the security situation in Lebanon can be exploited and destabilized if support to the Syrian opposition is not withdrawn.
In 2005, the coalition was formed by political parties and independents to be a united force against Syrian intervention in Lebanon.
“The Syrian crisis will explode to the neighboring counties if the international community will keep in supporting the Syrian rebels,” Hamade added.
Recently, the U.N. peace envoy to Syria Al-Akhdar Ibrahimi warned against the Syrian conflict spilling over into neighboring countries during his visit to Lebanon two days before the bombing.
In the attack, Wissam Al-Hassan, brigadier general at Lebanese International Security forces (ISF) and head of the police’s Information Branch was assassinated.
Hassan, 47, was known for his opposition to the Syrian regime and was linked to the intelligence chief's recent case, in which he exposed an alleged plot by Syria to sow chaos in Lebanon.
In the case, former Information Minister Michel Samaha was charged by Lebanon’s Militarily Tribunal with transporting explosives into Lebanon with the help of Syrian Security Chief Major General Ali Mamlouk and another Syrian official in an attempt to carry out terrorist attacks against political and religious figures.
Hassan’s assassination signaled the beginning of grave repercussions of the Syrian crisis in Lebanon, political analysts argued. The blast brought back the shadow of bombings that engulfed Lebanon and Ashrafieh especially during the civil war.
The blast at the heart of the Lebanese capital also occurred in a critical time when the Lebanese political parties are more than ever split over the conflict in neighboring Syria.