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Sunday, 26 December 2010

May Chidiac
May Chidiac

In “U.S. Illusions in Lebanon” (column, The New York Times on the Web, Dec. 14), Roger Cohen expresses concern that “the passage of time — as well as bungling and inconsistencies — has rendered justice impossible in the Hariri murder,” referring to the 2005 assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister, Rafik Hariri.

I am a victim of the campaign of assassinations that started in 2005 against Lebanon, and I refuse to give up, as Walid Jumblatt, the Druse leader, and Mr. Cohen seem to ask us to do.

I was an outspoken journalist when I was seriously wounded by explosives put under my car seat. I lost my left leg above the knee and my left arm was amputated because of severe injuries. But I never lost hope or faith in the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and in international justice.

Obviously I do not share with Mr. Cohen his impatience with justice nor his pessimism. I believe that justice is not only possible but also inevitable.

The indictments will be a great achievement for the tribunal and for justice. They will also be a watershed in the history of Lebanon. It will be the first time that anyone was brought to justice, let alone indicted, for political assassinations in Lebanon.

Mr. Cohen says that stability “trumps justice delayed, flawed and foreign.” We appreciate Mr. Cohen’s concern over Lebanese stability, but Lebanon does not have to choose between justice and stability. It should have and deserves both.

The tribunal process might have flaws, but these imperfections are worth having if justice is served in the end.

May Chidiac
Beirut, Lebanon, Dec. 16, 2010

The writer is a professor at Notre Dame University in Lebanon and founder of the MCF Media Institute.


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