I met Gebran only once, about six years ago, in his an-Nahar office. Gebran impressed me as forceful, articulate and courageous. He wrote some stunning editorials in an-Nahar, including one "from a friend" addressed to Syria in 2000 or so. The editorial challenged Syria to acknowledge that it was hated by many Lebanese for what it had done to Lebanon. Even opponents, who inclinded to dismiss Gebran as a fascist in nationalist's clothing, came to admire his stance in an-Nahar.
I presume that this was the work of the Syrian mukhabarat. Like so many such bombings and assassinations in the past, the links to Syria will be hard to find, but key question is who benefits?
Naharnet Newsdesk - Gebran Tueni Perishes in Massive Car Bomb Explosion Near Beirut: "Gebran Tueni, a fiery critic of Syria, was assassinated in a car-bomb explosion in Mkalles, east of Beirut Monday. He was 48. "