Monday, December 12, 2005

Syria's At It Again

Syria just assassinated yet another anti-Syrian politician in Lebanon. Michael Totten has the details. Let's just say that the Syrians are still in Lebanon despite their protestations, and they're busy trying to maintain power at all costs.

The Mehlis Report (which is investigating the Harari assassination) will not stop Syria's actions - it will only catalogue the continued depravities by Syria.

A day of reckoning is approaching for Syria.

Captain Ed has more.

Detlev Mehlis has submitted his report, and finds that the Syrian and Lebanese intelligence services were behind the assassination of Rafik Harari.
Hours after the assassination of prominent anti-Syrian activist in Beirut on Monday, details from a report submitted by UN investigator Detlev Mehlis reached the press, indicating that the Syrian and Lebanese intelligence services were likely involved in the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister Rafik Hariri.

The 25-page report from the German prosecutor and his team again accused Syria of trying to obstruct his probe when it demanded that they revise their findings after a crucial witness recanted his testimony.

"This was, at the least, an attempt to hinder the investigation internally and procedurally," commented Mehlis.

Syria denies involvement in the Hariri blast and has also waged a campaign to discredit the commission, citing a Syrian witness, Husam Taher Husam, who recanted his testimony to the commission and said he had been bribed to frame Syria.

Mehlis said that recantation hadn't affected his findings. In fact, he said, "the investigation has continued to develop multiple lines of inquiry which, if anything, reinforce this conclusion."
Will Syria be held accountable for assassinating the political leaders of another country? If the UN has anything to do with it, I'd say the odds are slim.

Submitted to Basil's Blog lunch reading.

UPDATE 12/13/2005:
This post was picked up by Atlas Shrugged who covers the larger story of John Bolton's courageous stand for human rights, the right of Israel to peacefully coexist in the Middle East, and comments condemning Syria's involvement in Lebanon. Thanks Pamela!

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