First impressions suggest
another "who done it" incident. Similar ones occurred many times before.
Guilty parties often get named later. Key always is cui bono?
Media scoundrels never explain what's most important. Instead, headlines
like "Blast in Beirut Is Seen as an Extension of Syria's War" circulate.
The New York Times said it "devastated a Christian neighborhood (Friday),
killing an intelligence official long viewed as an enemy by neighboring
Syria and unnerving a nation as Syria’s sectarian-fueled civil war spills
beyond its borders and threatens to engulf the region."
Instead of explaining what's likely going on, managed news misreporting
like the above substitutes.
Intelligence head of Lebanon's Internal Security Forces, General Wissam
al-Hasan, was killed. He appeared the likely target. He was the most
high-profile death since former prime minister Rafiq Hariri's 2005 assassination.
More on him below, what's really going on, and what's at stake.
At least seven others died. Information Minister Walid Daouk said 86
people were wounded. Buildings were heavily damaged.
A follow-up Times report headlined "After Attack, Lebanese Opposition
Calls for New Government," saying:
Opposition pro-Western March 14 alliance officials called for "the Hezbollah-led
government to resign….intensifying fears that Syria's 'civil war' could
lead to a political crisis in Lebanon."
Again, dubious reporting substituted for explaining things correctly.
Syria was invaded. Washington bears full responsibility. Fighting since
winter 2011 reflects nothing civil. Saying so is false and misleading.
Rafiq Hariri's son Saad heads the pro-Western March 14 alliance. Hezbollah,
the Amal Movement, the Free Patriotic Movement, Progressive Socialists,
and other political groups comprise the March 8 alliance majority.
Washington and Israel want March 14 extremists replacing it. Killing
al-Hasan appears intended for that purpose. It also advances the ball
for full-scale NATO intervention in Syria.
The regional pot keeps boiling dangerously. Media scoundrels add more
heat. Washington Post columnist David Ignatiuswants America openly involved
in arming Free Syrian Army (FSA) death squads.
Headlining "Rethinking Syria Policy," he called for all-out US support.
He played the jihadist terrorists/Syrian chemical weapons card threat.
He spent time in Syria. He met with FSA commanders. They're "solid military
leaders," he said. They need more guns and money, he added. Pile it
on, he recommends.
"The Free Syrian Army has a long shopping list." He named enough to
blow up half the country. Washington doesn't "have to sign off on this
whole war chest…." Just enough for greater conflict to topple Assad.
Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) threw its own fuel on the fire. It pointed
fingers the wrong way. It headlined "Syria, Iran, Hizbollah attack while
US and Israel play (earlier planned) computerized war games," saying:
The East Beirut Ashrafiya district bombing "marked the brutal spillover
of the Syrian bloodbath into a second Arab capital and the threat of
its spread towards Israel."
Blaming Syria, Iran and Hezbollah is spurious. On October 20, the Syrian
Arab News Agency (SANA) headlined "Russia, Iran Condemn Beirut Terrorist
Moscow's Foreign Ministry said "Russia expresses solidarity with Lebanon
and support to its sovereignty, territorial integrity and stability
based on a Lebanese national dialogue." It added:
"What happened showed once again the importance of stopping the activities
of destructive forces that are trying to drown the Middle East in chaos
Iran's Foreign Ministry also condemned the blast. It said "the Zionist
entity is the beneficiary of instability in Lebanon."
On October 19, Press TV said Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
told his Lebanese counterpart, Adnan Mansour, that "enemies seek to
increase insecurity in the region and achieve their ill intentions."
Tehran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said "the attack
aimed to sow discord among different currents and social classes in
Reuters quoted Syria's Information Minister Omran Zoabi saying, "We
condemn this terrorist explosion and all these explosions wherever they
happen. Nothing justifies them."
DEBKAfile claimed General al-Hasan "uncovered a Syrian plot to destabilize
Lebanon by a bombing campaign…." Pro-Assad politician and former information
minister Michel Samaha was arrested "for complicity in the plot."
"The Syrian bloodbath is spreading more malignantly than ever with solid
Iranian and Hizballah support and Tehran is closer than ever to realizing
its nuclear aspirations."
All of the above doesn't wash. More spurious accusations followed. DF
often reports inaccurately. This account was one of its worst. It was
straight out of Mossad's propaganda playbook. Charges were laughable
on their face.
Syria, Iran and Hezbollah have everything to lose and nothing to gain
from Friday's blast. Israel, Washington, key NATO partners, and regional
allies benefit greatly from further instability and conflict.
Killing al-Hasan looks very much like Hariri 2.0. Compelling visual
and audio evidence identified Israel as likely responsible. Real time
intercepted Israeli aerial surveillance footage showed routes Hariri
took on the day his motorcade was attacked. That and more pointed fingers
the right way.
Initially, Syria was falsely blamed. Hezbollah was then wrongfully accused.
The assassination was typical Mossad. Killing al-Hasan looks like its
latest false flag.
Press TV interviewed political analyst Ralph Schoenman. He said:
"As 1992 to today in the day bombing of Beirut the identical scenario,
who benefits from attempting to divide Lebanon and spread the turmoil,
who benefits destabilizing the government in Damascus, who states to
destabilize Beirut and subject Lebanon to civil war, the Zionist regime
(Israel), the Mossad. It is a classical operation of Mossad."
It's hard disagreeing. Mossad's entire history reflects targeted killings,
false flags, and other destabilizing acts. CIA elements operate the
Take nothing about these incidents at face value. Look deeper for more
likely explanations than what media scoundrels and other dubious sources
Washington and key allies want the last independent Arab nations destabilized,
toppled, and reinvented into pro-Western ones. Ousting Assad and Hezbollah
are key objectives. So is isolating Iran ahead of focusing full attention
on regime change in Tehran by any means including war.
The Levant is in serious crisis. Tinderbox best describes things. Aggressors
are playing with fire. Everyone may end up burned. Regional war is overreach.
It assures losers, not winners.
Drawing a red line on Syria is top priority. It's up to Russia, China
and other anti-war nations to make clear they'll tolerate no more.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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