Interesting perspective on assassination of former Lebanese premier
There's a new blogger in town, "Professor" Victorino de la Vega (a pseudonym as Amarout where he "teaches" is from Thomas Moore's "Utopia"), who was kind enough to comment to my earlier post on the Syrian involvement in the assassination of a former Lebanese premier. I reprint his post on the subject from his own blog below:
"I’m fed up with all these self-proclaimed Lebanon “experts” avidly commenting excerpts from the Mehlis report as if it were some kind of exercise in exegesis.
"OK: some Marxist/Syrian “Mukhabarât” thugs might have contributed to the killing of one of their former protégés… and, after all, so what?
"Rafiq Hariri was a notorious Saudi-sponsored fraudster and embezzler who had stolen billions from the Lebanese government’s coffers with the complicity of resident Syrian Gen. Ghazi Canaan who skimmed his infamous “khamseen” percent commission for the big boys back in Damascus and Qardâha.
"Faux “sheikh” Hariri was most likely killed in a settling of accounts between rival Syrian mafia gangs: that type of crime happens every now and then in Palermo and in the south side of Chicago without eliciting the appointment of a German special prosecutor or impromptu meetings of the UN’s Security Council!
"Contrary to the tall tales peddled on Fox News, Future TV, Al-Nahar-al-Wahhabist and other Saudi and/or Hebrew controlled media outlets, “sheikh Rafiq” was no “disinterested defender of freedom”
"Actually, throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Saddam’s Iraq and the French government were the only members of the international community who stood squarely on the side of Lebanon’s sovereignty while the country was being ripped/raped by Syria and Saudi Arabia: in those days, the White House courageously looked the other way while Syrian generals tortured at will from Beirut to Zahleh and “sheikh” Rafiq handed no-bid government contracts to his family’s construction firms and organized Oriental orgies cum crystal waterpipes and deluxe Lebanese sex slaves for his Saudi masters."
Wow. I do recall that Saddam was against Syrian control of Lebanon for the same reason he gave $25,000 to families of suicide bombers in Israel: Saddam was in fact close to Hezbollah, which, when it was not fighting Israeli military forces in southern Lebanon (which the Israelis occupied), was fighting Syrian forces. So even "standing with Lebanon's sovereignty" was itself problematic, wasn't it? The layers of betrayal and violence in the Middle East remains, in my opinion, an outgrowth of Western colonialism and the greed that comes from oil revenues that enables and emboldens Saudi monarchy misconduct throughout the Middle East.
A question to the Professor, though: "Hebrew controlled media outlets"? Is the Professor meaning to speak of Israeli controlled media outlets? And would that really include Ha'aretz, which is pretty tough on most Israeli governments, especially compared to how other media sources treat the governments in which they reside.
A bit of my own views of Israeli government conduct was posted here.
Addendum: Dr. de la Vega responded to my inquiry in the comments, saying he should have said "Israeli" or even "Likud". He also correctly chides me for my misstatement about Hezbollah and Saddam. Saddam's $25,000 checks were distributed to families of suicide bombers in Israel through the Arab Liberation Front. More importantly, Hezbollah supported Iranian Shi'ites, not Iraqi Ba'athists.