Lebanon observed a national day of mourning today as a prominent anti-Syrian MP was buried in Beirut. The assassination yesterday of Walid Eido further destabilized the shaky situation in the country. President Bush condemned the "clear pattern of assassinations" of prominent Lebanese critics of Syria; Eido was the sixth murdered in just over 2 years. Damascus denies involvement.
A car bomb in Beirut killed Eido, his son, two bodyguards, and at least six passers-by. The Lebansese government and the UN are assembling a tribunal to investigate the 2005 assassination of ex-president Rafik Hariri, whose murder set off the latest round of violence, the worst since the 15-year civil war that ended in 1990.