Hariri plot claim

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The Jerusalem Post reports:

Officials at the highest levels in Syria and Lebanon organized the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper a-Siasa.

The report revealed that two high-ranking Syrian generals – including Syrian president Bashar Assad’s brother-in-law, Brig. Gen. Asef Shawkat, whom he appointed Friday to head military intelligence – and a Lebanese general.

Via Menorahblog. No idea at this stage if the report is accurate. If it is, Robert Fisk will be shocked: “Would the Syrians dream of doing anything so crude and vicious as this?�?

UPDATE. In other hmmm news, Franco Aleman has an update on last week’s Madrid skyscraper fire. Turns out a torch-wielding mob may have been involved.

Bloggers, probably. You know what we’re like.

UPDATE II. The Telegraph reports:

Assassins who killed Rafik Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister, travelled from Iraq through Syria to carry out the attack, according to the Beirut judge leading the inquiry into the bombing.

Rachid Mezher, the senior investigator for the Lebanese military tribunal, said that the organisers had been recruited from Islamist groups linked to Syria and operating against the US-led coalition in Iraq.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/19/2005 at 09:16 AM
    1. That Fisk quote is just astonishing.  Okay, maybe Assad’s Syria isn’t as crude or vicious as Saddam’s Iraq, but mainly only the sense of not making a giant archway out of the head dude’s hairy forearms; being a thuggish dictatorship with slightly better taste than that hillbilly Saddam doesn’t mean you can’t still be plenty vicious and “crude.”  Usually a propagandist like Fisk can find a way to nod to the inescapable reality and then turn around and blame it on the US; this makes it sound like he’s actually grown to be at home in a place where the fearless leader glowers from every wall, and doesn’t realize there’s any place that’s different.

      Posted by Mike G on 2005 02 19 at 10:27 AM • permalink


    1. Don’t forget that the Ba’athist party also rules Syria.  I think that the difference between Syrian Ba’athists and Iraqi Ba’athists is similar to the difference between Al Capone and Jeffrey Dalmer.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 02 19 at 10:52 AM • permalink


    1. Regarding the last paragraph, doesn’t “torch” mean “flashlight”?

      Posted by Steven Den Beste on 2005 02 19 at 11:17 AM • permalink


    1. Except instead of pitchforks and torches, we genreally wield salad sporks and USB-compatible desk lamps.

      Posted by Punditish on 2005 02 19 at 12:41 PM • permalink


    1. Punditish — I like one of those three-in-one highway emergency lights with the flashlight, fluorescent and emergency flasher.  I can be my own crowd!

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 02 19 at 01:30 PM • permalink


    1. Even with flashlights, we can’t help but multitask. Even better if the thing’s got a laser. Distracted any pilots lately?

      Posted by Punditish on 2005 02 19 at 01:47 PM • permalink


    1. Punditish — No, and I’ve stopped beating my wife, too.  Maybe not the best question ever posted on a global forum, son.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 02 19 at 03:10 PM • permalink


    1. Bloggers – illuminating the dark recesses of politics and the media.
      The SMH does it again , with a headline in yesterday’s bum-per edition:
      “My girl’s link to spy irrelevant – Ruddock”
      The left msm really has it in for Ruddock. He has been a tough and effective player and they hate him for it.
      No problem for them here in using the term spy without the qualifier suspected.
      Try doing that with terrorist Manboob.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 02 19 at 05:59 PM • permalink


    1. Bloggers, probably. You know what we’re like.

      Yeah, you’ve been judged:  “scalp hunters�?, “moon howlers�?, “trophy hunters�?, “sons of Sen. McCarthy�?, “rabid�?, and “pseudo-journalist lynch mob people.�?

      Twas a fair court….:)

      Posted by rinardman on 2005 02 19 at 09:24 PM • permalink


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