Why the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Matters
8:30 AM, Jan 26, 2011 • By LEE SMITH
As the remnants of Lebanon's March 14 pro-democracy has taken to the streets of Beirut and other Lebanese cities to protest against what has now become a government led by Hezbollah and its allies, it's worth remembering why the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) matters. Hezbollah wants to cashier the investigation into the February 2005 assassination of Rafiq Hariri that seems likely to indict Hezbollah members for that murder as well as a string of subsequent attacks on Lebanese journalists, politicians, civic leaders, including military and security officials. Other victims of that bloody campaign were Lebanese less well known but no less deserving of justice. The Beirut-based website NOW Lebanon is publishing a series that features their stories, starting today with an interview with the widow of Alain Sandouk, a car repairman killed in a blast targeting a Lebanese policeman.
"These people are our main concern when it comes to justice," writes NOW's editor-in-chief Hanin Ghaddar, "and we hope we will be able to shine some light on their lives and struggles....These people are the reason why the STL was established. It was created to find the truth about who was responsible for the deaths of their sons, daughters, husbands, wives, brothers and sisters. Nothing should be risked without referring to them. The STL was created for the Lebanese people, but it is for these victims that we need to see justice brought."