Basim sent me this: "If the Daily Star is propagandizing for the Lebanese Army, they're doing a pretty lousy job at it. Look at this headline:
"More casualties in north Lebanon, army enacts 'exceptional' measures'
Although the word exceptional measures appears in quotes -- implying some official said that -- no one actually is quoted doing so except the journalist, who writes in the first paragraph:
TRIPOLI, Lebanon: The Lebanese Army and police enacted exceptional measures Thursday to impose security in Tripoli, north Lebanon, after sniper fire wounded 12 people, including two soldiers.
Apparently this is what Antoine Amrieh thought were the "exceptional measures":
Prime Najib Minister Mikati called on security forces to erect checkpoints in Tripoli and arrest anyone carrying arms in public during a meeting at his residence in the city.
Statements by Army Commanders Jean Khawagi are no better, but left unchallenged:
Kahwagi also called on Tripoli residents to “cooperate” with Lebanese Army units that deployed in the city Tuesday and warned, “Harming the military’s dignity is forbidden.”
"If the Army’s dignity is harmed, there will be nothing left of the military establishment,” Kahwagi said ...
Dignity? You want to talk about dignity? Ironic that the Daily Star, which has lauded the Army's role in Tripoli the st few days, forgets to mention it was Hariri-imported Salafi militants who killed over 150 Lebanese Army soldiers and injured 500 in the Nahr al-Bared fiasco of 2007. Oh, I forgot. Hariri himself is half-owner."