Written By: Ali al-Saqqaf
Article Date: Sep 6, 2012 - 4:05:47 PM
In 1975, gunmen from the Lebanese Forces of the (Phalange) Party, which was led by Pierre Gemayel, had attempted the assassination of the revolutionary and nationalist known as Sa’ad, followed by the massacre of Shiyah bus in which many Palestinians and Lebanese were killed in an instance of sectarian violence.
Afterwards, a civil war broke out for more than 15 years, and its repercussions of enticements and sectarian alignments continue to this day.
Last Monday, Dr. Yassin Saeed Noman, Secretary General of the Yemeni Socialist Party, and before him Dr. Wa’ed Badeeb, Minister of Transport, have each escaped assassination attempts.
Noman had also survived a vicious attempt of assassination when a shelling targeted his bedroom during the early years of Yemen’s unity. We visited him at that time and he seemed strong and stable, and we did not notice any reckless reactions from him. Besides that, he did not draw any accusations on any party, although he was aware of who was behind the shelling.
Angry reactions have burst out condemning the assassination attempt, for the man has been enjoying a wide popularity since he was the Speaker of the Parliament. He, in fact, could tactfully and competently run the parliament at that time. He is also considered by many Yemenis as one of the few sages in Yemen.
The assassination attempts, had they succeeded, would have certainly placed the country into a circle of conflict and bloodshed that no one can stop.
Therefore, it is a must that we demand the formation of a committee as soon as possible to achieve fair, transparent and immediate investigations, and not to remain confidential and secret like the previous investigations that, despite their grave cases, are still shelved up.
If the two attempts for assassinating Noman and Badeeb have been dealt with lightly and carelessly, and remained thrown into speculations and accusations here and there, the situation in Yemen will be more tragic than what had happened previously and so far to date in Lebanon.
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