An important battle is largely passing unnoticed or just briefly mentioned in the Lebanese press, were it not for Nicolas Nassif’s reporting for Al-Akbar, a front page article today on the brutal war unfolding between security service elites. The struggle to monopolize the different (and often contradictory) moukhabarat cells is just another stigma of the overall conflict to control the political spheres in the little country. The developments coming in the next days are crucial in this regards. Today, the different parties are meeting to discuss the issue of a whole series of reforms proposed by Interior Minister Ahmad Fatfat (which would actually link all the different cells under one command) who tried to fire a couple of days ago a security official (Walid Jizzini ) who was godfathered by Hezbollah and Amal (a Shiite candidate that is).
Update: The subject was mentioned again in today’s (30th of Sept) edition of Al-Akhbar by Nicolas Nassif through a more comprehensive analysis of the struggle for “Sunni” seizure of the security apparatus. The Daily Star had a small mention of it stating that the “Fatfat-Jezzini rift” was “resolved”, according to PM Fouad Siniora. Teb, can’t you ask for more? how was it resolved? there are many ways to resolve an issue… Couldn’t the DS people care for asking this additional question to PM offices?
Fortunately, Al-Akhbar had another article on the decisions taken during the meeting between the PM the Defense minister and the security service officials: Basically nothing much happened except that the dudes made peace and backed off from Fatfat’s hasty decision to electronically link every security service (by email). The decision was to possibly link not only security services but all the key ministries (Defense Interior, and Finance) once the council of ministers agrees (if it every agrees of course).
One morale of this story (the funniest one) is that the Daily Star should get the connections (wastat) Al-Akhbar has in order to complete its stories. (More on Al-Akhbar’s connections later on).