[Marxism] Israeli Aggression against Lebanon (Maybe some explanation)

D OC donaloc at hotmail.com
Fri Jul 28 08:07:25 MDT 2006

A chairde,

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.

Le meas,

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, 
translation BBC)

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

BBC Monitoring


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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