Friday, November 25, 2005

Syria: 400 Mossad Agents in Lebanon

Syria says 400 Mossad agents in Lebanon
By Agence France Presse (AFP)
Friday, November 25, 2005
DAMASCUS: Syria's official Al-Thawra newspaper claimed Thursday that more than 400 agents from Israel's spy agency Mossad are in Lebanon in the latest volley in an increasingly vitriolic war of words with Lebanon's new leaders.

"You have to recognize the danger of having more than 400 men from Israel's Mossad in Lebanon who are working with the other (Lebanese) agents who once supported the Zionist enemy and its militias," wrote editor Fayez Sayegh.

"These agents are encircling Lebanon like a belt that will explode when Israel and its strategic ally the United States decide," he said, charging there was also an increasing number of agents from the CIA and European states in the country.

"All these agents came to Lebanon... to sow dissent, revive hatred, reinforce pressure on Lebanon and Syria and above all spy on national forces, the Lebanese resistance and Palestinians," said the paper.

Syria's state run Tishrin newspaper and the Baath newspaper had tried to stir up strife in Lebanon earlier this month, when they ran editorials calling on its allies to hold demonstrations in Lebanon against Premier Fouad Siniora's government and the economic situation in Lebanon.

The call was widely dubbed by the local media as a flagrant intervention in Lebanon's domestic affairs in defiance of unrelenting global pressure on the regime of President Bashar Al Assad to take its hands off Lebanon. No demonstrations took place and no political group in Lebanon announced any plans to demonstrate.

Syrian troops left Lebanon in April, ending a 29-year presence, amid the political turmoil that followed the assassination in February of former premier Rafik Hariri.

Comment: What is already beyond doubt is that it was not the Syrian government that was responsible for Hariri's murder but agents of the Israeli and/or American governments. Hariri was expected to be the next Lebanese PM and had close ties to the French government who maintained a historic stake in Lebanon. In such a position, Hariri would have been unlikely to "play ball" with the Israelis and their plan to use Lebanon as a staging ground for an expansion of the war in the Middle East to serve Sharon's agenda of creating a greater Israel.

The UN investigation which sealed the Hariri case and blamed Syria was carried out by German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis. Mehlis was the prosecutor of the 1982 bombing of the La Belle Discotheque in West Berlin, which was blamed by Ronald Reagan on Libya and which allowed Reagan to bomb Libya. Suspicious? Of course it is, and, in any case, it has been adequately shown that Israeli and US intelligence agencies blew up the La Belle. It comes as no surprise then that Mehlis' case against Syria in the Hariri assassination rested on the testimony of a single unnamed source who was revealed by German magazine Der Spiegel as Zuheir al-Siddiq, a criminal convicted of fraud and embezzlement, who had clearly lied in his testimony, contradicting himself several times.

Curious? Does it remind anyone of events prior to the Iraq war and claims made by "Iraqi exiles", "curveball" and other assorted drunks and criminals?

At the present time, with Lebanon now effectively neutered and a pro-Israel management team installed, it appears that Syria, a country about half the size of Iraq and with a population of 18 million, is next to be maneuvered (read blackmailed by Israel) to either come "on side", which will require the resignation of Assad and the installation of a pro-Israel leader, or face the consequences. The consequences will no doubt include the threat of some level of military campaign or an economic one. Having said that, a lot will depend on the decision of Assad and how successful the Mossad and the CIA are in carrying out further targetted assassinations and dirty tricks.

Stay tuned, and don't believe what you assimilate from the newspapers or have beamed into your brain by the TV.


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