The search for non-answers

No matter how illustrious their hand gestures, Lebanese politicians never seem to have any answers as to who is setting off bombs in this country–tonight, last month or last year.

In fact, despite dozens of blasts over the last five years, few if any suspects are ever identified or arrested. And yet Lebanese TV continues to interview the same officials and pundits:

If the state can’t do it, maybe the media needs to start investigating terrorist acts or at least investigating investigations–and their precariously-guarded crime scenes.

But by devoting hours of air time to the same faces of ambiguity, the media are only reinforcing a culture of non-answers and non-arrests.

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