Sunday, June 26, 2005
A bit more on Lebanon
Robert Fisk on Lebanon (see Flashpoints.net) says foreign intelligence agencies (Iran, Israel, US, Syria) are fighting out a covert war in Lebanon, with pro-Palestinian/anti-Israeli/anti-Syrian politicians being primary targets. Someone may be trying to start an overt civil war. A US FBI agent was at the site of the most recent assassination very quickly.
Fisk discussed the car bombing of George Hawi, former leader of Communist Party and Palestinian ally, but as Orthodox Christian who negotiated for Islamic-Christian peace. He was an opponent of Syrian occupation. This is the second opponent of Syria killed by car bomb in the last three weeks, so everyone is asking "Who is next?"
Unlike the Hariri assassination, the latest two were incredibly precise bombings, in which only the human target was killed. Hawi's driver escaped. In neither case was much glass in the environs even broken.
The long range effect could be that Lebanese could be pressured to sign a peace treaty with Israel, Fisk says.
Again, all the fingers are pointed at the Syrians (who were certainly opponents of these men), but all the benefits of the assassinations appear to flow to the US. It's a hall of mirrors, and heaven only knows what the truth is.
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