In the past two days, several people were kidnapped based on their official identification cards. Meanwhile, Lebanese military personnel are still being held hostage by Islamist militants, and some of them have been killed in the most hideous and brutal manner. It is as if we’ve learnt nothing from the past, from the civil war or from others’ wars on Lebanese territory, as Ghassan Tueni liked to call them. Perhaps it’s beneficial to participate in the protest which families of those kidnapped during the civil war hold every Thursday in front of the Grand Serail. It’s important to look into the eyes of mothers who’ve carried photos of their husbands and sons for like 30 years demanding to know what the fates of their beloved are. They are no longer waiting for those who were kidnapped to return, and are rather demanding to attain the investigations’ case files to uncover the truth.
This recent phase has marked the return of abductions between Sunnis and Shiites – i.e. between brothers - and we are once again exposing civil peace to danger. It seems there are no wise men in this country, or they have lost their role and influence and accepted leaving the arena to bandits and militiamen.
Kidnapping military personnel remains the most evil act because it weakens morale and threatens security institutionsNayla Tueni