Pulp Non Fiction

[ Wednesday, March 16, 2005 ]



Rafik Hariri was killed in an explosion in Beirut

On the 15th February, HARDtalk repeated an interview with former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri who was killed in Beirut last month.

After the Iraq war, and despite the disaster of the occupation and the defeat of electoral candidates supported by Washington, major manoeuvres are now under way against countries that have long been on the US hit list: Iran and its ally, Syria, which is clearly the weakest link. Were those who killed Rafik Hariri aware that they were symbolically offering the international community the Syrian regime’s destiny on a plate?

The catalyst for the current turmoil, the assassination of Lebanese businessman-politician Rafik Hariri, is wreathed in mystery, but it seems that Syria is among the least likely of many possible suspects. The BBC recently rebroadcast a post-9/11 interview with the fallen leader in which the interviewer continually heckeled him to condemn Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, and seize their assets – instead, Hariri characterized Hezbollah as a legitimate "resistance" and condemned Israel and NOT Syria as "our enemy."

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