Beirut's long walk to the Middle East Canossa

Even if Lebanese PM Saad Hariri is unable to stand up to the architects and perpetrators of his father’s murder, the international community must pursue justice for the slain leader.

By TZACHI HANEGBI
December 6, 2010 14:11
4 minute read.
SAAD HARIRI

LEBANESE PM. (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

 
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In 1077, King Heinrich IV came to the gates of the fortified Canossa castle in northern Tuscany, Italy. He was there to request forgiveness from Pope Gregory VII, who was in the area on a stopover while on his way to Germany.

In the preceding four years, a confrontation had developed between the king and the pope surrounding the issue of who held authority over religious affairs. The excommunication that the pope had issued against the king put his reign in danger. The king’s last option to save his crown was to surrender unconditionally.



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