Wednesday, December 13, 2006

A Unifying Theory: Part I

Several months ago, as panicked tourists rushed to their embassies and whimsical observers mused about the correlation between Italy's World Cup successes and Israel's invasions of Lebanon, a theory was laid at my doorstep. This theory, murmurings of which you can still find in the quarters of the city not already entrenched behind party/sectarian lines, sought to reconcile the contradictory statements and actions of a group whose existence and presence (in its current form) was supposed to bring strength to the country, not jeopardize it.

Several weeks ago, as the country braced for yet another crisis, yet another theory was strewn across my doorstep. Like its predecessor, this theory sought to impose on the Lebanese a degree of continuity of the frame of mind bread through years of tutelage and occupation. Like its predecessor, it incorporated the realities on the ground today with a touch of mystery and intrigue.

This new theory - eagerly pronounced with the usual atonements to confidential sources - sought to finally, without any doubt, and to the satisfaction of all of Lebanon's political affiliations (no simple task to be sure), completely explain and put to rest the mystery of 'Who Killed Rafic Hariri'.

The theory went as follows:

Prior to his death, former Lebanese PM Rafic Hariri had undertaken a grand plan to topple the current autocratic Syrian regime and replace it. The New Syria would be ruled by a government more amenable to the Western powers known to have been supporting him in this plan (namely the US and France), and to his own Lebanese and Saudi political and financial interests in the region.

In undertaking this plan, Hariri had two primary allies within Syria itself, Ghazi Kanaan - the former head of Syrian intelligence in Lebanon (known for having popularized the term ‘suicided’ by his own multiple shots to the head 'suicide'), and Abdel Halim Khaddam - one of Lebanon's most brutal repressors and Syria's former Vice President now in self-imposed exile after witnessing the deaths of Hariri and Kanaan (Kanaan's brother also apparently ‘suicided’ himself, this time by throwing himself in front of a speeding train in Syria).

The crux of the theory held that (this is where it becomes tricky so pay attention): French intelligence discovered that; Israel's Mossad Agency had uncovered Hariri's plan and, knowing the Syrian regime would react in the “way that it did”, let them in (indirectly of course) on Hariri's plan. The Syrians, historically paranoid and hysterical when it came to issues of their own survival, moved to eliminate Hariri and succeeded in doing so on February 14th, 2005.


  1. Two thumbs up Blacksmith. I really enjoyed reading this post and that theory.

  2. Thanks Ib. I remain completely convinced that every action taken today, and since the assassination of Hariri, by the so called opposition, has been taken with the intent of protecting Syria. Unfortunately for the country, many of the supporters of the opposition seem to get caught up with the generic 'anti-corruption' slogans being used to mask these intentions.

    The ruling government's actions aren't genius and they're not perfect, but supporting the opposition's moves - no matter what one's personal intentions are - will only lead to one thing: The return of Syria tutelage to the country!

  3. Anonymous5:11 PM

    "Kanaan's brother also apparently ‘suicided’ himself, this time by throwing himself in front of a speeding train in Syria"

    This is intriguing. I actually wonder whether there exists a single working train station in all of Syria. He was probably killed and then thrown in front of a never used train route. He didn't commit suicide, him and his brother were "suicided" by the ruling regime in Syria.

  4. Also, a few weeks ago, the Syrians killed a person who they claimed to be a terrorist, then they blew his body off at the Lebanese Syrian border. It was message to theLebanese that we can send you troubles in a new form...


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