[Marxism] Israeli Aggression against Lebanon (Maybe some explanation)
donaloc at hotmail.com
Fri Jul 28 08:07:25 MDT 2006
Reading the variety of explanations about why this has happened. I think it
maybe casts new light on the assassination of Rafiq al-Hariri and the
subsequent withdrawal of Syrian troops from South Lebanon.
This is no flash in the pan but a series of strategic moves. I suspect
Israel thought that more would come out of the assassination of al-Hariri
but they got Syria out. This about engineering results into the future. So
far, the Israeli's (and US) have miscalculated but I suspect, unfortunately,
that they have the continued advantage over time.
February 15, 2005
Text of commentary by Mehdi Shakiba'i:
"Israel the prime suspect in Hariri's assassination",
published by the Iranian newspaper E'temad web site (original Persian,
International desk: The terrorist operation committed last evening (Monday
(14 February)) in Beirut that resulted in the assassination of Rafiq Baha
al-Din al-Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon and the architect of
that country's new economy, put another twist in the blind knot of the
situation in the Middle East. Those who planned, guided and executed that
heinous act are hoping that they may calculate their own gains or losses
within the framework of their future plans, regardless of the anxieties of
the Lebanese people.
The absence of that charismatic figure from the political and economic scene
in Lebanon who, despite some differences of views with some influential
regional countries, was never prepared to go beyond the circle of diplomatic
activities, can help advance the aims of some foreign and international
sides in the region. The important point is that Israel can be regarded as
the prime suspect (in Hariri's assassination) because it benefits most from
Hariri's absence from the political stage in Lebanon.
The assassination of the former prime minister of Lebanon takes place at a
time when the division of power in that country is based on ethnic
participation. The Lebanese constitution has given the presidency to the
Christians, the post of prime minister to the Sunni Muslims, and the
chairmanship of the Majlis (parliament) to the Shi'is.
Tel Aviv could be regarded as the number one suspect in yesterday's
terrorist operation because of the following reasons:
1. After the UN Security Council Resolution 1559 put forward by France and
America was passed, Lebanon was divided between two camps, those in favor of
the presence of Syrian forces in Lebanon and those against. As a person who
was close to the French President Jacque Chirac, Hariri joined the group
that was opposed to the presence of Syrian forces on the Lebanese soil. That
split, which incidentally was also based on some form of ethnic division,
provided Israel with the opportunity that by assassinating Hariri it could
make it appear that he had been assassinated due to his differences with
Damascus and the Hizbullah, and in this way to inflame ethnic strife in
2. As (President) George Bush's government in his second term has
concentrated its efforts to find a solution to the Arab-Israeli and
Palestinian-Israeli conflict, in the eyes of Tel Aviv trying to portray an
unstable situation in Syria and Lebanon can force Damascus, as the front
line of the Arab-Israeli conflict, to retreat from her former positions.
Israel is hoping to force Syria to gradually distance herself from the
Lebanese Hizbullah as the front line of resistance against Israel.
3. In the eyes of Israeli security and intelligence organizations, the
victory of the Iraqi Shi'i alliance (in Iraqi election) could automatically
result in strengthening the Shi'is in Lebanon. Therefore, it was essential
to disrupt that line of thinking (the unity of Lebanese Shi'is) by creating
an event based on sectarian conflict. Hariri's assassination will help the
Mossad to implement its aims.
4. The relations between Syria and Russia could have also played some role
in yesterday's operations. Tel Aviv regarded the new Damascus-Moscow front,
which due to some probable sale of advanced weapons (to Syria) had entered a
new phase, as a potential threat. Russian participation in the power
equations in the Middle East could have helped to upset the balance of power
in the region, something that Washington was not prepared to accept.
5. Tel Aviv has recently increased its activities in Europe against the
Lebanese Hizbullah. With the arrival of Silvan Shalom, that regime's foreign
minister, in London (today), Tel Aviv is trying to include that movement's
name in the list of the so-called terrorist organizations. In this way
(presumably as the result of Hariri's assassination), Israel will be able to
intensify the volume of her propaganda and psychological war against that
movement. One reason for these activities is that, according to the security
services of the Zionist regime, HAMAS and Islamic Jihad resistance groups
may imitate the methods used by the Lebanese Hizbullah in their
confrontation against the Israeli army.
6. The Zionist regime is preparing itself for the forced withdrawal from the
Gaza Strip. In order to prepare for the post-withdrawal period, that regime
must create some problems for any outside support for the Palestinian groups
from beyond Palestinian borders. Syria and the Lebanese Hizbullah as the
moral supporters of the Palestinian groups have become the targets of that
7. The activities of the Israeli foreign intelligence organization (the
Mossad) have been so extensive during the past few months that even the
second television channel of that regime has recently criticized that
organization. It has accused Mayer Dunman (phonetic), the head of that
organization, of dangerous adventurism, because it had tried to assassinate
Khalid Mash'al, the political leader of the Hamas, inside Syrian territory,
without thinking of its negative consequences.
Consequently, one can regard that organization (the Mossad) of involvement
in yesterday's adventurism in Beirut.
Source: E'temad web site, Tehran, in Persian 15 Feb 05
Summary of article entitled
"The Syrian MIG Planes Downed by Israel, the Assassination of Hariri, and
All-out War" ,
Feb 15, 2005
by Ibrahim Karagul
Yeni Safak, Ankara
Columnist Ibrahim Karagul suggests links between the assassination of Former
Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and the withdrawal of Syrian troops
from Lebanon, the recent defeat of the pro-Syrian Lebanese government, and
"the plan to fuel divisive sentiments in Lebanon. " He claims that the
killing of Hariri might touch off a civil war in Lebanon and that rather
than being independent developments, the division of Iraq, the growing
tension in Syrian-Lebanese relations, the Israeli preparations to "wage war"
on HAMAS and Hezbollah, the accession to power of Mahmoud Abbas in
"Palestine" and the US plan to hit strategic targets in Iran are all
interrelated parts of the US-Israeli plan detailed in the policy paper
entitled "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm."
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