Lebanon: another frame-up

LONDON — Here we go again. The Special Tribunal
for Lebanon, a United Nations-backed body investigating the killing of
Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005, has accused four people of
his murder. They all belong to Hezbollah, the militant Lebanese Shiite
movement that Israel and the United States define as terrorist. But they
are probably not guilty.

Special tribunals of this sort have no
intelligence agents of their own. In practice, they rely heavily on
information supplied to them by national intelligence services that they
trust. But they are judges, lawyers and other unworldly types, and they
don’t seem to understand that there is no such thing as a trustworthy
intelligence service.

Immediately after the explosion that killed
Rafiq Hariri and 22 other people in Beirut in 2005, Western and Israeli
intelligence services said that the Syrian government was behind it, and
that the Iranians were behind them. Well, of course. The main aim of
the U.S. and Israel at that time was to get Syrian troops out of
Lebanon, where they had been stationed since shortly after the start of
the Lebanese civil war in 1975.

Four Lebanese generals accused of working for
Syria were arrested. The non-violent “Cedar Revolution” broke out,
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