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23 Oct, 2021 10:16

Lebanon chaos and murder of a politician (E407)

In one form or another, the Lebanese civil war still appears to be ongoing more than 40 years on. Pictures last week from downtown Beirut showed the same chilling images of black-clad phalangist snipers firing at unarmed demonstrators down below and the ambivalence of the Lebanese Military Forces (not to be confused with the Lebanese Forces). It all looks too familiar, and the danger now appears to be an all-out civil war similar to that of the 1970s. So, to discuss this unfolding situation in Lebanon and the chess game being played in the wider region, we talk to Sputnik's Tom Fowdy, a political analyst for RT. 

MP Sir David Amess was cruelly murdered in his constituency surgery last week, apparently stabbed 17 times by his assailant. Five years ago, Jo Cox was murdered outside her surgery. Before that, Stephen Timms, a former minister, was stabbed multiple times in his constituency and Nigel Jones was attacked with a Samurai sword and his agent, Andrew Pennington, was murdered defending him. So, what have we learnt, if anything, from this latest incident? We talked to former Conservative Party minister Steven Norris, who was a friend and colleague of Amess, and asked what it means for British politics in the aftermath of yet another attack on a parliamentarian.

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