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Monday, February 21, 2005

Hands behind the Harriri homicide.

The assassination of  Rafiq al-Hariri; the former premier of Lebanon has resulted in a very dicey situation in the middle east. The finger pointing has already begun and presently all the fingers are pointing to Damascus. The Pro Syrian govt. in Lebanon in Cohorts with their Syrian masters have been rumoured to have orchestrated this heinous act. Though the circumstantial evidences indicate the Syrian involvement, the conspiracy theorist in me is screaming that it is the work of Mossad, the Israeli secret service with the direct involvement of the CIA.

The manner in which the hit was carried out doesn't seem to be the handy work of a few radicals, it was carried out professionally and in all likelihood by a state sponsored intelligence agency. The moment the two words 'intelligence agency' props up together; three proper nouns come to mind viz. The CIA, The KGB and MOSSAD. From the trio, The KGB gets the benefit of the doubt for the Russians have nothing to gain from the assassination. It is also to be noted that in the immediate aftermath of the assassination, both the Bush govt. and the Sharon govt. had already vilified Damascus and I am left pondering whether this is a case of red herring.

The Lebanese as well as the Syrians have a lot to lose from the turmoil that follows but the Israelis have all to gain. The assassination has augmented the already soured relations between Beirut and Damascus and the icing on the cake would be if the Lebanese were able to get rid of the Syrian stronghold on Lebanon. However I do feel that though the Americans had prior knowledge of the plot, they might not have participated directly. An intra-Arab war is the best medicine for the Israeli ailment and given the current geo-political situations I can't but help think that all of Israel's ailments will find an everlasting cure. If the Mossad and CIA hands are behind the Harriri homicide, then my hats of to them for a well planned operation, if not, well don't fret for they will have plenty of other opportunities to do some wicked deeds.


  • jews will be persecuted till the second coming of the christ.they are all evil

    By Anonymous marky mark, at 2/22/2005 11:09:00 AM  

  • I seriously doubt it was the Mossad. Israel loses too much if they were found out and these days it's easier to find agencies out.

    By Blogger Markkind, at 2/22/2005 02:27:00 PM  

  • Hariri used the most advanced jammers to thwart any remote controlled detonators, but the detonator used was able to bypass the jammer. Only intelligence agencies have the requisite training in this... but then again there are uncofirmed reports that the means of detonation was a crude wire which was layed and hidden underground.

    By Blogger injinuity, at 2/23/2005 03:06:00 AM  

  • why are the israilis always blamed for anything thaqt happens in the gulf?

    By Anonymous Ahmed al mussafit, at 2/24/2005 03:21:00 AM  

  • The idea that Israel had anything to gain in assassinating Hariri doesn't hold water under closer scrutiny.

    First of all, let's not forget what Hariri stood for. He was vehemently opposed to Syrian occupation, even resigning his post as prime minister a few years earlier to protest the occupation.

    Many sources also cite that Hariri was considering a run for the presidency. If elected, he would have pushed hard to end Syrian occupation in Lebanon (as he had for years).

    In your post, you openly wonder what organization could have pulled such a feat off. Syria allows many terrorist organizations to operate with impunity. Syrian and Iranian backed Hizballah come to mind.

    Back to Israel, they would stand to benefit from a Hariri presidency, and would be harmed by a war between Arab countries. Consider the current surrounding Israel.

    Sharon and Mubarak recently had a historic summit and are advancing the peace process between the two nations. A trade agreement between the two nations has been put in place, and there are plans for Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. Relations are also warming between Jordan and Israel. Unless you've been living in a cave, you must also know that relations between the Palestinians and the Israelis have never been better thanks to the recent appointment of Abbas.

    That leaves Syria and its satellite nation Lebanon. Many terrorist cells which have launched attacks against Israel have been based in these two countries. At best, Syria simply turns a blind eye to these activities. At worst, Syria is covertly sponsoring them, at least in part.

    Pushing Syria out of Lebanon would compromise the foothold groups like Hizballah have there. However, open military conflict in the region would be extremely destabilizing. In light of the giant steps towards peace that Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel have made with one another, the last thing Israel would want is to jeopardize it with a Middle Eastern war. Even if you assume Israel could accomplish this covert bombing without being caught, they have absolutely nothing to gain.

    By Blogger Foreverastudent, at 2/25/2005 10:35:00 PM  

  • 1. We all know that peace in the middle east is virtually impossible, for this to happen, Israel should return the occupied lands of the arabs,which if Israel were to do would threaten their own existence. So all the advancements that has been made as you say are nothing but a facade...

    2. Hariri and the Syrian President Assad were always on good terms au contraire to reports in the western media.

    3. There is already distability in the middle east as can be witnessed by the bombings in tel aviv.. if there is an intra arab war, arabs will be busy with their own fights and the palestinian cause will be on the backburner... and hence the only nation to gain from the distability would be Israel.

    4. Yes it is rumoured that Hariri was going to run again for presidency, but the hardliners in Lebanon would still be with Syria even if he had won. Now with his assasination even the hardliners have lost their voices in support of syria, Harriri was definitely valuable to Israel but the sad part is that he was more valuable dead than alive.

    5. I have not categorically stated that it was Israel behind the attack... I just mentioned the possibilities and also the thoughts of a conspiracy theorist.

    By Blogger injinuity, at 2/26/2005 03:01:00 AM  

  • Hello,

    Good questions! I look forward to reading more, perhaps here and here might be of interest.

    By Blogger Constant, at 2/26/2005 07:51:00 PM  

  • Although I can't be 100% sure, but I tend to believe that Syria is involved directly or indirectly.

    1. Syria doesn't want to the anti-Syrian opposition to be this much strong and so colorful (containing all Lebanese sects.)

    2. If Hariri was to continue supporting the Opposition, then he was going to defeat the pro-Syrian Lebanese government severely.

    3. Marwan Hmede survived an assassaination attempt; most fingers are pointing to Syrian-Lebanese intelligence. And later Walid Jonblat said that Rafik El-Hariri has admitted to him the fear that one of them might be killed.

    4. Taking into consideration the strong grip of the Syrian-Lebanese intelligence, and the location of the crime, I tend to refuse the idea that they (intelligence) were not aware that this is being planned.

    The list goes on!

    A similar discussion took place on my blog.

    But then, it might be CIA and Mossad who did it and they knew that the Lebanese people are going to blame Syria... Hence USA will be able to put more pressure on Syria to drive it out, isolate it from EU and make it more weak economically!

    Are we going to know the truth for sure? I doubt.

    By Blogger a h m a d, at 2/27/2005 03:39:00 AM  

  • thats one thing we can be sure of... we will never discover the truth... well that will keep the conspiracy theorists at work anyway.

    By Blogger injinuity, at 2/28/2005 03:02:00 AM  

  • The pro syrian govt. in Lebanon has been forced out... the premier resigns... and I rest my case me lord.

    By Blogger injinuity, at 2/28/2005 01:18:00 PM  

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