Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The other war

If Afghanistan is the war that nobody notices thanks to the mayhem in Iraq, then Syria's war on Lebanon can now be characterized in a similar fashion. Except in Lebanon, both battle zones actually over-lap. Lucky Lebanon!

Naharnet reports,
A senior police intelligence officer, involved in the investigation into ex-Premier Rafik Hariri's murder, survived an assassination bombing ambush with minor injuries in southern Lebanon Tuesday.

Media reports said Lt. Col. Samir Shehade was moderately injured in the explosion, which went off as his car drove by the village of Rmaileh, near the southern port city of Sidon. He was taken to the Hammoud hospital in Sidon, and hospital officials said his condition was stable.

Security officials said four aides and bodyguards were killed and another five were wounded in the attack.

Shehade is deputy chief of the intelligence department in Lebanon's internal security force.

Interior Minister Ahmed Fatfat said Shehade was involved last year in the arrest of four generals accused of involvement in ex-Premier Rafik Hariri's assassination. The four are Brig. Gen. Jamil Sayyed, Brig. Gen. Ali Hajj, Brig. Gen. Raymond Azar and Brig. Gen. Mustafa Hamdan.

The Lebanese Internal Security Forces are considered the most loyal security apparatus to the Lebanese government - i.e. the current governing coalition. This attack should be seen in light of the string of assassinations and bombings that have transpired since the attempted murder of MP Marwan Hamade, around two years ago. The bombing should also be seen in light of the recent political offensive carried out by Syria's allies in Lebanon to undermine the government. Fellow blogger Abu Kais has dealt with those particular developments comprehensively. I recommend you pay him a visit.


Fearless said...

We are told that there is a difference between extremist Islam and peaceloving normal Islam.

Judging by their behavior, Muslims are anti-West, anti-Democracy, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-Buddhist, and anti-Hindu. Muslims are involved in 25 of some 30 conflicts going on in the world: in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, East Timor, India, Indonesia (2 provinces), Kashmir, Kazakastan, Kosovo, Kurdistan, Macedonia, the Middle East, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Sudan, Russia-Chechnya, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uganda and Uzbekistan.
Doesn't this mean that extremist Islam is the norm and normal Islam is extremely rare?

Doha said...


what does your comment have to do with the post? please stop doing us a disservice by veering off topic and perhaps it's good to leave those who know best about Lebanese affairs to comment.

J. said...

It is astounding how you don’t even hint at the possibility that a party other than Syria might have committed this crime. After all, what would Israel possibly gain by an act like this, in light of the events of last month? Mind you, I don’t know who did it, but at least I admit there are multiple possibilities. The Lebanese Bloggers, fair and balanced ;)

chuck said...


well, that's why u r here.
i agree that what u say is a posibility. Israel might gain something out of it.
but u can read what
Former Syrian VP Khaddam sayas about the Syrian Regime "Aims to Drag Lebanon Into Civil
War" (an interview with khaddam).
u can also question the motives of khaddam for such accusations against the asaad regime, but it is more likley that the syrains r responsible.

J. said...

chuck, first, to say that the argument must be completed in the comment section is not very convincing. Second, why is it more likely that the Syrians are responsible? Things are going well for them these days. Hezbollah held on and has fortified its internal position, their allies feel strong, and there has been a clear swing in the balance of power to their favor. Why would they do such a thing when there's no need for it? March 14 are running like headless chicken without the help of the Syrians. It seems to me that one can easily come up with arguments that show that Israel would benefit much more from such an act. Why this one-sided exposition of things? This is either extremely naïve, or ridiculously biased. My guess is that it is a mixture of both in this case.
What do you expect Khaddam to say anyway?

why-discuss said...

Doha, your conclusion is hasty. Fatfat said this attempt is different from the previous killings: "It is more professional". Have you already forgot about the Mossad ring near Saida?
Like Jumblatt, you are always jumping to the conclusions that will incriminate your favorite foe, the syrians.. Calm down, wait for the investigation.

chuck said...


i don't believe i'm being so naive in this case. i think u might be naive if u say syria is strong. maybe u'v been listening too much to asaads speechs of the grand victory of hisballa.

asaad may claim victory but the truth is he is week.
with the current situation he might lose he's grip in lebanon if hisballa will be dissowned by the lebanese.
lebanon public opinion goes against the syrians and that doesn't come in the favour of assad.
losing control in lebanon means lossing it's ability to attack Israel. if he losses hisballa's ability to attack in lebanon then he will have to move the "ressistance" into syria, and obviously he doesn't want that, because syria is not strong enough to handle Israel (and i'm not trying to show the greatness of the Israeli army, only the wickness of the syrian army). and even with iran's support, both countries won't stand a war in the region.

by the way, asaad is facing a lot of criticism in his own country right now. he needs a political acheivment to show he is strong.

so i think syria has much more to lose if lebanon will become independent then Israel do.