The assassination of Lebanon’s top security chief with a car bomb on Friday triggered gun battles and protests in the streets. General Wissam al-Hassan was an opponent of the Syrian regime, and his murder is being called the most significant political killing in Lebanon since 2005. What ripple effects will this have in the Middle East? We discuss the future of the region, and how this assassination may shape Monday’s presidential debate on foreign policy.
Joel Brinkley, visiting professor in journalism at Stanford University and former Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times