Latest Beirut Bombing Incident
Iran, Syria and Hezbollah had nothing to do with it!
by Stephen Lendman
First impressions suggest another "who done it" incident. Similar ones occurred many times before. Guilty parties often get named later. Key always is cui bono?
Media scoundrels never explain what's most important. Instead, headlines like "Blast in Beirut Is Seen as an Extension of Syria's War" circulate.
The New York Times said it "devastated a Christian neighborhood (Friday), killing an intelligence official long viewed as an enemy by neighboring Syria and unnerving a nation as Syria's sectarian-fueled civil war spills beyond its borders and threatens to engulf the region."
Instead of explaining what's likely going on, managed news misreporting like the above substitutes.
Intelligence head of Lebanon's Internal Security Forces, General Wissam al-Hasan, was killed. He appeared the likely target. He was the most high-profile death since former prime minister Rafiq Hariri's 2005 assassination. More on him below, what's really going on, and what's at stake.
At least seven others died. Information Minister Walid Daouk said 86 people were wounded. Buildings were heavily damaged.
A follow-up Times report headlined "After Attack, Lebanese Opposition Calls for New Government," saying:
Opposition pro-Western March 14 alliance officials called for "the Hezbollah-led government to resign".intensifying fears that Syria's 'civil war' could lead to a political crisis in Lebanon."
Again, dubious reporting substituted for explaining things correctly. Syria was invaded. Washington bears full responsibility. Fighting since winter 2011 reflects nothing civil. Saying so is false and misleading.
Rafiq Hariri's son Saad heads the pro-Western March 14 alliance. Hezbollah, the Amal Movement, the Free Patriotic Movement, Progressive Socialists, and other political groups comprise the March 8 alliance majority.
Washington and Israel want March 14 extremists replacing it. Killing al-Hasan appears intended for that purpose. It also advances the ball for full-scale NATO intervention in Syria.
The regional pot keeps boiling dangerously. Media scoundrels add more heat. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius wants America openly involved in arming Free Syrian Army (FSA) death squads.