The encirclement of Syria and Lebanon has long been in the works. Since 2001, Washington and NATO have started the process of cordoning off Lebanon and Syria. The permanent NATO presence in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Syrian Accountability Act are part of this initiative. It appears that this roadmap is based on a 1996 Israeli document aimed at controlling Syria. The document’s name is A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm.
2 August 2011 — Dissident Voice
“Once the billionaire PM Rafik Hariri moves inside Beirut, everybody takes note of it. His limousine is equipped with a device able to foil any assassination attempt via booby-trapped car. Mobile phones are disrupted in the area near the convoy, … Whenever he leaves his house, his guards carry out car patrols in the streets for camouflage.”
8 July 2011 — cmi Brazil
[Came across this extremely comprehensive list of links to stories on the assassination of Rafik Hariri, that I think is worth distributing more widely. And here’s a link to over 850 stories on this site that deal with Hariri and the context. WB]
This is the epic cia murder of Rafiq Hariri stl fiasco.
6 July 2011 — Champress
BEIRUT- Lebanese Assafir Daily on Wednesday said that Friends of Israel in France assumed the identity of Syrian opposition members under a cover of the Muslim Brotherhood and some Antalya Conference members during a meeting held in Paris yesterday titled ‘Supporting Syrian Movement’.
The meeting was organized by La Regle du Jeu (The Rule of the Game) magazine and website which is headed by Bernard-Henri Levy, one of the staunchest defenders of Israel along with other French figures that can only be described as Israel’s friends in France.
9 July 2011 — MRZine
To the final subject: the current situation. To the Lebanese people, I say to them the following: don’t worry about civil strife. Those who talk about civil strife in Lebanon actually want that to come about. There will be no Sunni-Shiite strife and no civil war in Lebanon. Everyone should be assured that we have a responsible and trustworthy government that will confront this situation effectively. So, to the Lebanese people, don’t worry. Everything is fine. Continue reading
25 January, 2011 — MRZine
Miqati to Be PM by Andrew Bossone
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Miqati and Hizbullah Out-play the Analysts by Nicholas Noe
I must say I was also taken by surprise at the pace of events and the relative success THUS FAR of the opposition.
Ever since the government fell, an almost UNIFORM consensus among the analysts was that there would be PROLONGED political stalemate.
Quite simply — the Miqati move may just move us all along quite nicely, quite fast, thereby bucking the conventional wisdom in Beirut — without the doom and gloom of the analysts and M14ers. . . Could Hariri Jr. be so discredited and with so little effective juice? What about false flag/disruptive operations by KSA, Future, Salafis . . . other actors?
It may be too early of course. . . . But having met with Hizbullah’s International Relations office two days after the fall, I thought they were being over confident on their analysis that Hariri could fall, that Lebanon could move on, and that there were other Sunnis who could and would step in effectively — AND THAT an attempt by Feltman and KSA etc to isolate a new “HIZBULLAH-IRAN SPEAR-COUP-GAZA” government would not work now POST May 2008.
Andrew Bossone is the Lebanon reporter for Nile International and a contributor to National Geographic. His video report above was released on YouTube on 24 January 2011. Nicholas Noe is the Editor-in-Chief of Mideastwire.com. The text above is an excerpt from Noe’s 24 January 2011 entry in his blog The Mideastwire Blog, reproduced here for non-profit educational purposes.
6 May, 2010 – Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today’s News from Egypt
Hossam el-Hamalawy meets up with renowned journalist Charles Glass in Cairo
Born in Los Angeles, California, in 1951, Charles Glass is a broadcaster, journalist and author of several books, who began his journalistic career in 1973 at the ABC News Beirut bureau. He covered the October 1973 War on the Egyptian and Syrian fronts and the civil war in Lebanon, where artillery fire wounded him in 1976. He was ABC News Chief Middle East from 1983 to 1993. In 1987, Glass himself was abducted and held hostage for two months before escaping from his Hizbollah captors. In 1988, he exposed Saddam Hussein’s then-secret biological weapons program. The U.S. government rejected Glass’s claims, until Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. For his reporting and investigative pieces, Glass has been honored by the Overseas Press Club and has shared Commonwealth and George Foster Peabody Awards.
Q: Despite your negative encounter with the resistance forces in the Middle East you still label yourself as an anti-Zionist, how come?
A: Things happen. I might have been pro-Israeli and an Israeli soldier could have shot me by mistake. It doesn’t mean you change your mind about it. What happened to me: 1) was political not personal, 2) Something I don’t really bear a grudge about, 3) My reasons for criticizing Israel are more profound and very much pre-date the existence of Hizbollah. I don’t think Israel has the right to occupy the West Bank and Gaza or the Golan Heights under any international law or any other morality. Israel doesn’t have the right to expel Palestinians from their homes and build settlements. These things were all clear no matter what happened to me. So I don’t see why I’d change my mind.
18 August, 2009 — Middle East Report Online
(Melani Cammett is associate professor of political science at Brown University. She observed the June parliamentary elections in Lebanon.)
For background on the June elections, see Heiko Wimmen, “Old Wine in Older Skins: Lebanon Elects Another Parliament,” Middle East Report Online, June 3, 2009.
For background on the March 14-March 8 division, see Stacey Philbrick Yadav, “Lebanon’s Post-Doha Political Theater,” Middle East Report Online, July 23, 2008.
For background on the Aounists, see Heiko Wimmen, “Rallying Around the Renegade,” Middle East Report Online, August 27, 2007.
Just as reports from Lebanon were indicating that a cabinet would be finalized within days, the notoriously fickle Druze leader Walid Jumblatt announced, on August 2, that his Progressive Socialist Party would withdraw from the governing coalition. Jumblatt criticized his coalition partners in the March 14 alliance, which had claimed victory in the June 7 parliamentary elections, for a campaign “driven by the rejection of the opposition on sectarian, tribal and political levels rather than being based on a political platform.” This view could apply to the campaigns of both major alliances that ran in the elections. While there were spirited appeals to prevent unwanted foreign intervention or control by representatives of other sects, the campaign period was notable for its lack of attention to issues of real substance.
Six days before the elections, the Matn Salvation List, or the pro-government candidates running in the contested, predominantly Christian Matn district, held a rally where each of the seven list members delivered impassioned speeches to the enormous crowd about the need to save the country from control by the Hizballah-led opposition. The candidates warned that their opponents would bring rule by wilayat al-faqih, or the system of rule by clerics promoted by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Iran, and exhorted the crowd to recreate Lebanon as the “Switzerland of the East.” Similarly, on election day, voters at a precinct in the Sunni Tariq al-Jadida neighborhood of West Beirut called out to each other, urging fellow voters to vote for the pro-government list “so that Iran does not take over Lebanon.” At the border with Syria, a large billboard read, “They will not come back as long as the sky is blue,” in reference to the Syrian troops who were expelled following the assassination of Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri in 2005.
25 November, 2008
“We, as Lebanese, are here to confirm that we cling to freeing every grain of our soil. We will not abandon the great national cause, which is the continuation of the liberation of our land. The resistance looks forward to hoisting the flags of victory again over the Kfarshuba hills, Shebaa Farms, Ghajar and Abbasieh where 80 percent of the land is still occupied” — Sheik Nabil Qwork, Hezbollah leader addressing villagers at Abbasieh Village, 10/2008
A job for the UN or Hezbollah?
Under pressure from the lame duck Bush Administration to withdraw from territory that the Lebanese Resistance (moukawamah Lubnaniyah) did not liberate during its May 2000 rout of the Israel army and its surrogate SLA militia, Israel to date remains unwilling to budge. One reason is that it claims the Bush Administration reneged on secret pledges to bomb Iran.
As the blind eyes turned by five consecutive US administrations to Israel’s 22 year brutal occupation of South Lebanon (1978-2000) make plain, Israel remaining on Lebanese territory normally would not be of much concern to Washington even as it is learning that its own hard-line policy in the region did not succeed.
12 Nov 2008
Dear Mr Obama:
Tell me we haven’t been bamboozled. We need the change you promise, but something just doesn’t seem right. After eight years under a Bush administration that engendered misery at home and around the world, the United States had found itself distrusted, scorned and despised. And so it seems—correct me if I’m wrong here, please—the US did what the US does best: sell.
22 July 2006 — xymphora.blogspot.com/
Reassessing the Hariri assassination in the light of recent events:
1. The Hariri assassination, immediately blamed on Syria (with no evidence other than the lies promoted by Mehlis), led directly to Syria being forced to withdraw its troops from Lebanon. It is obvious that that step was a necessary precondition of Israeli involvement in Lebanon.
9 June 2005 — Naharnet
A U.N. mission investigating ex-Premier Hariri’s assassination in Beirut may conclude that his motorcade was devastated Feb. 14 by a massive underground bomb rather than an above the ground terrorist bombing operation, Hariri’s Al Mustaqbal newspaper said on Tuesday.