I hate to say this, but Nasrallah has so much more credibility then Hariri. Lebanon is the middle East’s confused and abused fickle whore who changes her mind everytime the wind blows. It is impressive that Nasrallah would stick by Assad even now. I notice even Hamas is trying to distance themselves from the Allawites. The odd thing is that I was led to believe Assad’s religion is a heresy to Islam, but if it is… the religious Shiites are very loyal to it. Perhaps it isn’t as heretical as I thought. To be loyal to Assad at this juncture takes a certain amount of religious blindness.
Ayman, Saad, Fahd, and Ouday al-Hariri,
sons of the slain Premier Rafik al-Hariri
(Reuters) – The U.N.-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri handed over indictments and four arrest warrants to Lebanon Thursday, the state prosecutor said.
The long-awaited move was hailed as a “historic moment” by Hariri’s son, opposition leader Saad al-Hariri, who urged the government of Najib Mikati to cooperate with the court.
Prosecutor Saeed Mirza did not disclose the contents of the indictments, but they are expected to accuse four Hezbollah members of involvement in the Feb 14. 2005 bombing in Beirut which killed Rafik al-Hariri and 22 others.
Hezbollah, both a political movement and guerrilla army, which with its political allies forms a majority in Mikati’s new government, denies any role in Hariri’s killing and has called the court a tool of Israel and the United States.
It has vowed not to hand over any of its members and wants Lebanon to end cooperation with the tribunal, withdraw Lebanese judges and halt its contribution to the court’s funding.
Hezbollah has been strengthening its position in Lebanon–not only militarily, in defiance of the UN Resolution that brought an end to the Hezbollah-Israel war, but politically as well.
Najib Mikati, the new Lebanese Prime Minister, had both Syria’s and Hezbollah’s support for his new position, so it is unlikely that he will just hand the 4 Hezbollah members over.
Left unanswered is the question of Iranian involvement. After all, would Hezbollah do anything so drastic as the assassination of someone so popular in Lebanon without the approval of its mentor?
The indictments are finally out.
Now let’s see if it matters.
The United States has shut down the flow of weapons to Lebanon due to concerns that the Hizbullah terrorist organization may seize the arms.
The arms freeze was actually implemented in January, according to a report published Monday in the Wall Street Journal
However, the decision was not publicized in order to ensure a smooth transition to a new Lebanese government following the collapse of former Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri’s Western-backed administration. American deliveries of non-lethal equipment have continued, as has military training for the Lebanese Army. In 2010, the U.S. granted at least $18 million in ordnance to Lebanon, according to the report. Hizbullah-backed Nagib Mikati was appointed as the new prime minister-designate in January with a parliamentary majority secured, according to March 14 Alliance rivals, by the terrorists’ weapons. March 14 is a coalition of political parties and independents in Lebanon led by Hariri, son of the assassinated former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri..
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri criticized on Friday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s will to continue negotiations with the Palestinians, saying that he “doesn’t believe in peace.”
In an interview with the Washington Post, Hariri said that in order to achieve a peace deal in the Arab-Israeli conflict, there must be strong leadership, something that Israel lacks.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri Photo by: AP
Lebanon’s Naharnet is reporting, based on a Qatari source, that indictments in the murder of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, the current Prime Minister’s father, are imminent.
Several senior members of Hezbullah are expected to be indicted.
Cameron in bed with the Lebanese Defense Forces which are really Hezbollah who are the murderers of Hariri ElderNovember 3, 2010
I do not think that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had anything to do with my father’s murder, Prime Minister Saad Hariri has told the British daily The Times.
Asked by The Times who he now believed killed his father, Hariri said: “I’m the Prime Minister. I do not have the luxury of speculating these days.”
“I believe a relationship with a country is simply bound to the interests of two countries and not by personal issues,” he added.
“The relationship (with Syria) is geographically and historically important, and I should act as a prime minister, not as Saad Hariri.”
The premier said he does not believe that the blood of his slain father, ex-PM Rafik Hariri, “will or should cause strife in the country.”
On Tuesday, Hariri held talks with his British counterpart David Cameron.
Talks were attended by Lebanese Ambassador to London Inaam Osseiran, Hariri’s chief of staff Nader Hariri and advisors Mohammed Shatah and Hani Hammoud, and, from the British side, by British Ambassador to Lebanon Frances Guy, National Security Advisor of the British Government Sir Peter Ricketts, Cameron’s foreign affairs advisor Tom Fletcher and his advisor Richard Freer.
Upon receiving Hariri, Cameron said: “We have a very strong relationship, but I think we can make it stronger still. We want to do everything we can to support the stability and security of Lebanon. We think that this is absolutely vital.”
“We fully support the Special Tribunal (for Lebanon) process and we want to see that properly completed and we want to do everything we can to help you with the work you are doing in your country. You are very welcome here today,” Cameron told Hariri.
After the meeting, Hariri spoke to the press.
“We discussed the issues of the region and the challenges that Lebanon is facing, and especially the Israeli threats and our problems with Israel. We also spoke about ways to improve the economic relations between the two countries,” said Hariri.
“PM Cameron also underlined Britain’s support for the Special Tribunal. We also asked for military assistance for the military and security forces in Lebanon, and there was a large receptivity from Britain regarding this issue,” added Hariri.
Asked about Cameron’s position regarding the STL, Hariri said: “You have heard his declaration regarding the tribunal. PM Cameron stressed that Britain fully supports the Tribunal, which was formed by a U.N. resolution, and that Britain will not retract on this issue.”
Asked if Cameron had expressed any fears regarding the repercussions of the indictment of the STL, Hariri answered: “We did not tackle this issue.”
The report said that Hizbullah, Amal and other pro-Syrian groups were in close contact and coordination relating to a plan to take control of Beirut, the road to the south of the city, and neutralizing Christian and Sunni areas. The sources said that the groups were already plotting zones of who would control which areas, in a day-after scenario.
Hattit concluded that “if this scenario does take place, Hizbullah would be able to seize power in three days, or a week at most,” and that the “era of Hariri in Lebanon” would end forever.
Here’s the latest from Naharnet:The Syrian-backed Opposition reportedly plans to take control of Beirut in the event an indictment by the international Tribunal was issued.Pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat newspaper on Tuesday quoted a well-informed Lebanese source as saying reports were being circulated among Lebanese security authorities that Hizbullah and AMAL Movement as well as other forces allied with Syria have been holding extensive, periodic meetings to discuss “coordination” in the presumed battle for the control of Beirut.It said the meetings discussed “zoning” of the areas such as each group will have its own confrontation zero hour map.
It’s been five years since the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister and billionaire Rafik Hariri by a truck bomb in downtown Beirut. In the aftermath, a United Nations tribunal has puttered and sputtered but finally appears poised to hand down indictments, which could explode the combustible Lebanese political scene, perhaps, new reports suggest, even leading to a Hezbollah coup.
All signs point to a high level of Syrian involvement in the hit, which killed 22 others along with Hariri. In late 2005, Syria’s top intelligence officer in Lebanon, Ghazi Kanaan, “killed himself” (many believe he was either killed or ordered to carry out the suicide) after he was questioned by a U.N. investigator. However, Hariri’s son, Saad Hariri, who is now Lebanon’s prime minister, has already acquitted Syrian President Bashar Assad in statements that recall an earlier act of supplication — when Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt forgave Syrian President Hafez Assad (Bashir’s late father) for killing his father, Kamal Jumblatt.
But if Syria is let off the hook — as appears likely — that still leaves Hezbollah, the civil-war era Shiite militia group that has morphed into the country’s strongest political party and a proxy warrior (for Iran and Syria) against Israel. Hezbollah is planning a coup if its members are charged in the assassination, according to a report in the Arabic international newspaper Asharq Alawsat, which was picked up by Haaretz, an Israeli daily.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Nasrallah has called on Lebanese not to cooperate with U.N. investigators, since reports last year that the investigation was likely to indict several Hezbollah members.
Investigators Violently Attacked in Lebanon While Probing 2005 Hariri Assassination
The investigators were “unexpectedly and violently attacked” by a group of angry, screaming “women wearing niqabs and veils”. It is also believed that “men in women’s garb among them.”
(CNSNews.com) – An attack on international investigators probing the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri is seen as part of a campaign by Hezbollah to obstruct the inquiry before it indicts members of the Shi’ite terrorist group.
The controversy surrounding the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) has sparked fears that Lebanon’s fragile U.S.-backed government could collapse, and that a fresh outbreak of Shi’ite-Sunni violence could allow Hezbollah to tighten its grip on the small country, with serious implications for the wider region.
The United States and France, two of the Western countries most heavily invested in Lebanon’s stability, have reiterated their support for the politically explosive investigation, which Hezbollah and Syria actively are trying to sabotage.
Two STL investigators accompanied by a Lebanese interpreter were attacked Wednesday by scores of screaming women as they sought medical records at a clinic in a Hezbollah-controlled suburb of south Beirut.
Lebanon’s Murr Television reported that the group included women wearing niqabs and veils, and that there were likely men in women’s garb among them.
The Hague-based STL said in a statement that “a large group of people showed up unexpectedly and violently attacked the investigators and their female interpreter.”
“The Lebanese army extracted the three staff members and brought them back safely to the STL Beirut Office where they were provided with medical attention,” it said, adding that the violence would not deter the tribunal from its mission.
During the melee, a briefcase belonging to one of the team was snatched. The tribunal did not say what documents it contained.
A senior member of Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s March 14 alliance, Farid Makari, issued a statement saying the “method of using ordinary people” to carry out such attacks was a “registered trademark” of Hezbollah.