Lebanese singer Fairouz has in the past sung for the Lebanese army. The song starts with the lyrics: “your footsteps on the ground roar.”
It’s a line which people repeat every time war or conflict strikes Lebanon. This song was remembered a lot in Lebanon in the past week as there were many chants and slogans in support of the military.
Of course, no one in Lebanon is under the illusion that security institutions do not practice intimidating violent while detaining and interrogating people.Diana Moukalled
Following the incident, photos emerged showing the dead body of Nader al-Bayoumi, who was detained and died of torture at the ministry of defense, as his family said. Signs that he was beaten up and tortured appeared on his body.
The first thing that the emergence of the video and the photos aimed to achieve was the end of the mission the Lebanese army was carrying out in Sidon. The video and the photos aimed to abort this mission particularly with the huge confusion that accompanied this military operation and the inclusion of Hezbollah as a major factor in it.
Of course no one in Lebanon is under the illusion that security institutions do not practise intimidating violent while detaining and interrogating people.