Israel's role in the assassination of Lebanon's Prime Minister.

Israel's role in the assassination of Lebanon's Prime Minister.

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After decades of bloodshed and tensions, Lebanon was struggling to once again reclaim its position as "the jewel of the Middle East," having been described as "the true garden of Eden" for decades, the small, progressive and multicultural nation had been through what can be adequately described as "decades of hell." However, the light at the end of the tunnel came in the form of the assassination of its most ambitious, progressive and patriotic leader ever: Rafik Hariri.(1944 Ė 2005)

For most people, the assassination of the Lebanese prime Minster Rafik Hariri was just one of the many other assassinations conducted by Islamist terrorists. Most people automatically assumed Syrian involvement. At least that was what the media spoon-fed the masses immediately after the assassination. But is Syrian involvement likely? To comprehend the situation, one should take the post 9-11 situation into account, all Islamic regimes laid low in that period, even Saddam Hussein and the normally fanatic Iranian regime kept a low profile for a while, all of them knew that this was not the time for provocations or negative media attention. Yet we are somehow to believe that it was in that period of time that Syria ordered the assassination of the Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, something which all rational people (and the experienced Baath party ruling Syria is far from irrational in matters as such) would describe as an absolute kamikaze action, only a nation or a regime with a death-wish would do such a thing in the post 9-11 world. Yet we are to believe that Syria ordered the assassination, fully aware of the fact that they would be seen as the prime suspects by the majority of nations.

Could Syria have done such a thing? Is this plausible? My guess is that itís most unlikely, even dictatorships behave rational in certain matters, one of their most important principles being: not endangering their own positions of power. The assassination of Rafik Hariri left the Assad regime in Syria almost without any friends in an already hostile post 9-11 world. Any tactician saw that coming from miles away. A legitimate question would be: If Syria is probably not the force behind the assassination, then who or what is? My guess is that itís most likely Israel. My assumption is not based on anti-Semitism or personal prejudice, but historical proof and careful geo-political analysis.

First of all, Israel has a long track record of so-called "false flag attacks," attacks they are responsible for but make it look like someone elseís work. One of them is what is today known as the "Lavon Affair," although Israelis themselves refer to it as "Operation Susannah."

In 1954, Israeli agents working in Egypt planted bombs in several buildings, including a United States diplomatic facility, and left evidence behind implicating Arabs as the culprits in order to create hostility between the Egyptians and the West. The ruse would have worked, had not one of the bombs detonated prematurely, allowing the Egyptians to capture and identify one of the bombers, which in turn led to the round up of an Israeli spy ring. Some of the spies were from Israel, while others were recruited from the local Jewish population. Israel responded to the scandal with claims in the media that there was no spy ring, that it was all a hoax perpetrated by "anti-Semites". But as the public trial progressed, it was evident that Israel had indeed been behind the bombing. Eventually, Israeli's Defense Minister Pinhas Lavon was brought down by the scandal.

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Above: Defense Minister Lavon and Golda Meir

Another deadly false flag attack is the attack (conducted with unmarked planes and ships) on the American ship USS Liberty. The attack killed dozens of Americans, wounded many more in an attempt to cause war between Arabs and America by making the attack look like an Egyptian attack, a nation at war with Israel in that period of time.

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Above: The USS Liberty

Second of all, nobody benefited from the assassination more than Israel. "Qui bono" is always a legitimate question. Suddenly the Syrians, longtime foes of the state of Israel are in the spotlight and the international community puts them under pressure to leave Lebanon, which makes Syria's protege Hezbollah helpless in Lebanon, the same Hezbollah that successfully fought back against the Israelis after Israel invaded Lebanon and has been one of the many thorns in Israelís side.

Third of all, Israel has a long track record of manipulating Lebanon for its personal gain. This became clear after former prime minister of Israel Moshe Sharett passed away and his son published his highly revealing diary, passages from the diary as well as letters addressed to him have been published in the book Israel's Sacred Terrorism.

The Diary of former Israeli Prime Minister Moshe Sharett is a major source of evidence for a conscious policy of deliberate, unprovoked cross-border attacks, in which advantage was taken of superior military power and a servile western propaganda machine, with the intent of destabilizing neighboring states and provoking them into military responses. Sharett was a footdragger in these enterprises, often shaken by the ruthlessness of the military establishment-"the long chain of false incidents and hostilities we have invented, and so many clashes we have provoked;" the "narrow-mindedness and short-sightedness of our military leaders" [who] "seem to presume that the State of Israel may-or even must-behave in the realm of international relations according to the laws of the jungle." Sharett himself referred to this long effort as a "sacred terrorism."

A Passage from the diary of former prime minister Moshe Sharett:

[b]"Then he [Ben Gurion] passed on to another issue. This is the time, he said, to push Lebanon, that is, the Maronites in that country, to proclaim a Christian State. I said that this was nonsense. The Maronites are divided. The partisans of Christian separatism are weak and will dare do nothing. A Christian Lebanon would mean their giving up Tyre, Tripoli, the Beka'a. There is no force that could bring Lebanon back to its pre-World War I dimensions, and all the more so because in that case it would lose its economic raison-d'etre. Ben Gurion reacted furiously. He began to enumerate the historical justification for a restricted Christian Lebanon. If such a development were to take place, the Christian Powers would not dare oppose it. I claimed that there was no factor ready to create such a situation, and that if we were to push and encourage it on our own we would get ourselves into an adventure that will place shame on us. Here came a wave of insults regarding my lack of daring and my narrow-mindedness. We ought to send envoys and spend money. I said there was no money. The answer was that there is no such thing. The money must be found, if not in the Treasury then at the Jewish Agency! For such a project it is worthwhile throwing away one hundred thousand, half a million, a million dollars. When this happens a decisive change will take place in the Middle East, a new era will start. I got tired of struggling against a whirlwind." (27 February 1954, 377)[/b]

Opposing views are welcome.





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Comment Very plausible. Indeed, they had the motive, means and history.

Sun May 28, 2006 3:20 pm MST by Holland

Comment Wasn't it pretty much proven that Syria was behind this? I mean, you'll have to excuse me since I havn't kept a close eye on all the developments around this case, but I seem to remember investigation which pointed out that Syria was the mastermind.

Mon May 22, 2006 7:24 am MST by Bahaay

Comment Great piece, I had never heard of this diary, a big thank you from Germany. And as far as the person calling himself "IDF" goes, your words have no value to me. I don't think Israelis are liars by default, but they stand to gain when their enemies are demonised and they themselves are portraid as saints. I'd rather trust objective sources to check facts rather than someone who has been in the IDF.

Sun May 21, 2006 4:26 am MST by Hans (Dusseldorf)

Comment You claim hat anti-semitism is not your motive, But I'm not too sure about that. The Syrians are capable of these sort of stuff. I have first-hand knowledge, since I was in the Israeli army when we faught them.

Wed May 17, 2006 12:04 pm MST by IDF

Comment when you say it like that it makes a lot of sense

Wed Apr 5, 2006 2:18 pm MST by bob stevens

Comment You're wrong Zio, I'm trying to be very very openminded about the whole thing and I'm absolutely the type to generalize, but any intelligent individual is able to analyze the situation and once you do that, Israel becomes a prime suspect. The fact that they're Jewish is a non-factor as far as I'm concerned.

Sat Mar 18, 2006 4:57 pm MST by Bart

Comment All of you...SHUT UP, evey time something goes wrong....you blame the Jews. Get a life.

Sat Mar 11, 2006 2:15 pm MST by Zio

Comment Trust me, this is common knowledge in the Arab world, Nontheless, I'm happy that others are starting to see it too. The mistrust of Israel by Arabs has a very scientific and factual basis, I'm no anti-semite though... I hope peace will come soon between us and them, but their history is not as clean as they often pretend.

Sun Mar 5, 2006 10:13 am MST by L@ila

Comment No doubt that Israel was the only nation benefitting from that disaster, but still...."innocent until proven guilty" is my motto, nontheless, it's very likely that Israel was behind this.

Sat Feb 25, 2006 12:39 pm MST by Anonymous

Comment It's plausible, however, there's an aweful of cnspiracy theories surrounding JEws. I donlt know what to believe

Wed Feb 22, 2006 2:29 pm MST by &U&u

Comment @ John Thanks, Always keep exploring. the truth is out there.

Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:57 am MST by Bart

Comment @ Joel: I am aware of what the ex vice president said, I' m also aware of the fact that money buys a lot, especially in the case of power hungry dissidents. I'm not all knowing, so I can only guess what happened and analyze the situation based on experience and intuition, based on that I think Israeli involvement is very likely and Syrian involvement is very unlikely, I cannot provide 100% proof, "likely" is the best I can do.

Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:56 am MST by Bart

Comment Wow. Very thought provoking. Not sure if I agree with this, but I always enjoy something that gives me a different perspective. Thanks for the post

Sun Feb 19, 2006 10:29 pm MST by John The Author

Comment Did you get this lie from Mohammad's Atta's suitcase? Read what the Ex Syrian Vice President said. Assad threatened to kill Hariri months before he was killed. Hariri was killed for the simple reason, he opposed Syrian domination of Lebanon.

Sun Feb 19, 2006 5:59 pm MST by Joel

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