THE EHDEN MASSACRE: THIS IS HOW THE MOSSAD CHOSE SAMIR GEAGEA
In his newly released book entitled "The Ehden Massacre, The Curse of Arab Christians" French journalist, Richard Labeviere outlines in details how Samir Geagea, the current chief of the Lebanese Forces party, was chosen in 1978 by the Israeli Mossad to execute the dreaded and deadly offensive against Ehden which ended in the martyrdom of leader Tony Frangieh, his wife and daughter and thirty Zghartawian.
Labeviere reveals in his book that an Israeli Mossad operative known as Cassas unveiled the reasons that led the Mossad to choose Samir Geagea for the attack against Ehden.
"With the intention to ensure that Tony Frangieh is assassinated, the Mossad psychological team analyzed the personalities of a number of Kataeb party figures in order to select one of them to lead the attack against Ehden and thus they picked Samir Geagea as the most appropriate candidate," Labeviere quoted Cassas as saying.
"The plan aimed at having the Christian parts of northern Lebanon under the full military control of the Kataeb party while the hidden motive was to assassinate Tony Frangieh, who represented the biggest challenge for Bashir Gemayel as far as the Lebanese presidency is concerned."
"The operation had to be assigned to a man who would make it his personal issue. Samir Geagea was chosen for three key reasons; he is from neighbouring Becharrie which is renowned for its animosity towards the people of Zgharta, he came from an average family and he was a stern adversary of major political families," Cassas added.
"Geagea was searching for a way to stand out as a military chief and a potential political leader and he found it with the alleged task of protecting Bashir Gemayel, who had his apprehension about Geagea. However, it was not difficult to convince Bashir to bless the operation due to the fact that the Gemayel family always aspired to unify the Christian weapons under its control and ultimately claim the presidency of Lebanon as its own."
Prime Minister Designate, Tamam Salam, met with "The Free and United Lebanon Decision" Bloc Head, Sleiman Frangieh, MP Salim Karam, MP Estephan Doueihi and MP Emil Rahme. Frangieh wished him success in forming a new cabinet representing all sides in the country.