They said: "It is with sincere and deep-felt regret that the pressures of running a high quality comedy club, at a premium location, during a sustained period of turbulent local and nationwide economic uncertainty, have finally taken their toll.
The ministry expresses its deep-felt condolences and consolation to the families and relatives of the victims of this heinous terrorist crime, a statement quoted by the country's official news agency read.
"I would like on this good occasion to express my deep-felt thanks and appreciation of your patriotic efforts that you continue to make in affirmation of the principles of dialogue, mutual respect and coexistence of religions and civilizations," Hariri said in a letter to Sammak.
They had it in their grasp this week and threw it away, consigning themselves both to history and to the deep-felt accusation that their true attachment to a "new politics" is in fact wafer-thin and readily for sale to the highest bidder.
It's difficult to imagine Gordon Brown summoning the same kind of fire-in-the-belly emotion to describe today's Tory party, or alternatively David Cameron raging against socialism with a similarly deep-felt hatred.