"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)

Lübnan Marunîleri / Yasin Atlıoğlu


Friday, August 17, 2012

Lebanon’s Baalbek-Hermel clans take the law into their own hands- The Daily Star

ROUEISS, Lebanon: Though known for their armed clashes and running vendettas, a veil of intrigue surrounds the clans of Lebanon’s northeast region of Baalbek-Hermel.

The Meqdad family, which in the last two days snatched dozens of Syrians in retaliation for the kidnapping of a relative in Syria, is no exception. In the first floor apartment of a building on the Meqdad Street of the Beirut southern suburb of Roueiss, family members, relatives, neighbors and journalists crowd the reception area and the large terrace.

They all wait for updates from Maher Meqdad, the clan’s spokesperson, who is in constant contact with the family’s so-called “military wing.” The wing, made up of the men who appeared on television Wednesday wearing masks and armed to the teeth, is tasked with carrying out the kidnappings.

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