Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Justice for Rafik Hariri Or More War in the Middle East?

Lebanon is waiting for the Judge:
Tensions in Lebanon are high. The U.N.-backed Special Tribunal, set up in the Hague to prosecute the killers of Rafik Hariri, the former prime minister and Saad's father, is preparing to issue indictments.

All indications point to members of Hezbollah, the Shiite militant group loyal to Iran, as the main culprits in the 2005 murder. If Hezbollah militants are indicted, it could lead to serious unrest between the group's Shiite base and the largely Sunni followers of the assassinated prime minister. Regional actors including Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States all have a stake in the outcome.

The U.S. has a butcher's bill of 241 US Marines killed by a Hezbollah assassination squad in 1983 to repay, but the quivering d-bags at the NYT demur:
Many have called for scuttling the tribunal out of fear of the instability it could create. Lebanon is not prepared for justice, these voices claim. New York Times columnist Roger Cohen has argued that "Lebanese stability is precarious and tenuous: it trumps justice delayed, foreign and flawed."

The insufferable, unspeakable, self-hating quisling Jew Cohen and his malefactor bosses Pinch Sulzberger and Keller reek of cowardice. Do these appeasers actually think that calling off the Special Tribunal will bolster the prestige of their beloved UN or keep the bloodthirsty murderers in Hezbollah from their schedule of political assassinations? The author continues:
Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt has questioned "the use for tribunal justice if it leads to slaughter." True enough, the Middle East does not need another Sunni-Shiite conflict. But rewarding those who engage in assassinations by letting them walk free will only encourage more violence.

Jumblatt was an arch foe of Syria and its cat's paw Hezbollah, both of which in turn answer to Iranian terror instructions [the Syrian Alawite stick-insect Bashar Assad is a closet Shi'ite at heart], until he and his family were threatened with assassination as his father died from multiple bullets in the '70's from Syrian assassins. [The car speeding from his murdered father's mountain redoubt with the killers had Iraqi license plates. in a clumsy attempt to implicate Saddam Hussein.] Jumblatt quakes in his bunker knowing that his entire family is hostage to the bloodthirsty Hezbollah assassins.
Justice is the only path to lasting stability in Lebanon. Without it, Sunni extremists itching to take on their Shiite counterparts will only grow in strength. Sunnis more generally will feel betrayed twice—first for having their leader assassinated and second for being denied justice. Thwarting the tribunal is a guaranteed path to further Sunni-Shiite tensions and a greater sense of anger in the country and the region.

The Sunnis used to have an equilibrium with the Christians and Shi'ites in the tripartite condominium of Lebanon. until the murderous Shi'ite Hezbollah thugs arrived after the iranian Revolution to do the Ayatollah's work of subversion through terror. It has worked so well, the New York Times is quaking in its boots, eager to appease the Hezbollah hordes building an underground arsenal of missiles along the border with Israel. Does the worm Pinch actually think Hezbollah will cease its assassinations in Lebanon because a UN Special Tribunal is thwarted in its mission?
For its part, Hezbollah is attempting to smear the tribunal, labeling it an "American-Israeli project." But no one knows what evidence an indictment will put forward. Judgments about the court's integrity should be withheld until then, and no one should be duped by Hezbollah's misinformation campaign.

Methinks the lady doth protest too much...!
Most people in Lebanon already believe that Hezbollah has been exposed for what it truly is, especially after the self-proclaimed "resistance" against Israel turned its weapons against fellow Lebanese in the domestic troubles of 2008. An indictment with solid evidence will only further isolate the group within Lebanon and tarnish its carefully cultivated image in the broader Arab and Muslim worlds.

That said, Hezbollah's overwhelming hold over Lebanon's Shiite community will no doubt remain a key source of its strength. Unraveling this relationship will require a long-term strategy, including engaging with local partners to find alternatives to the extensive social services and patronage networks that the group has employed to capture Shiite loyalty since its 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut.

The Arab & Muslim worlds are a joke as far as influence is concerned, except the simpleton in the Oval Office seems to respect them far more than they deserve.
As for the assassination of Rafik Hariri, few Lebanese believe that Hezbollah would have acted without direction from—and coordination with—the Syrian forces that controlled their country at the time of the crime in February 2005. Collective Lebanese consciousness has been shaped by a long history of Syrian-inspired political killings, and Syria has long maintained close relations with Hezbollah.

It remains to be seen whether the evidence collected at the Hague will be enough to prosecute not only those who carried out the crime, but those who planned and ordered the killing. International pressure on the tribunal may spare the Syrian regime.

Of course, this is the reason that the NYT is so concerned. They favor Ehud Barak's looney-tune support of an Israeli demarche toward Syria, which the Foreign Minister Lieberman is also said to support, albeit in his own bizarre manner. The NYT wants to undercut Benjamin Netanyahu's stalwart resistance to the violent terrorists in Gaza and South Lebanon, one group of Hamas a Sunni terrorist group, the other a Shi'ite terrorist organizaiton. The NYT and Sulzberger and quisling Cohen care nothing about the US Marines killed in 1983, nor their French Foreign Legion allies murdered in a simultaneous operation. I should confess that I met Rafik Hariri long ago in the eighties when he had an office in the US and admired the man greatly. His death was another stain on Islam and its murderous terrorists who make a mockery of the so-called 'religion of peace.'
For those of us watching these developments in the relative safety of America, let us remember that what happens in the seemingly distant Middle East often comes to haunt us. As we prepare to usher in the new year, let us think of families who do so with genuine fear. And let us stand by those pursuing justice not only because it's the right thing, but for the sake of our long-term interests and theirs.

Once again, the Wall Street Journal bravely faces the necessity of stopping terrorists in their tracks, while they plan their next attacks on the USA.

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