From the Guardian, some facts about Lebanon:
Major political attacks in Lebanon during the last two years:
- February 14 2005 Former prime minister Rafik Hariri, killed in a bombing.
- June 2 2005 Anti-Syrian journalist Samir Kassir, killed by a car bomb.
- June 21 2005 Anti-Syrian politician George Hawi, killed by a car bomb.
- July 12 2005 Deputy prime minister and defence minister Elias Murr, survives car bombing in Beirut.
- September 25 2005 Prominent television anchorwoman May Chidiac of the leading anti-Syrian TV station LBC, loses an arm and a leg from a car bomb.
- December 12 2005 Prominent anti-Syrian newspaper editor and parliamentarian Gibran Tueni killed by a car bomb.
- November 21 2006 Prominent Christian politician Pierre Gemayel, shot dead by gunmen in a Beirut suburb.
Notice any patterns? Hmm. Then the Guardian offers some speculation.
One theory advanced yesterday is that in the wake of the Republicans' midterm electoral defeat, and with George Bush's Iraq policy in tatters, Syria may be feeling sufficiently emboldened to turn up the heat in Lebanon again.
Bush made them do it. In the immortal words of Ed Wood, "Inspector Clay's dead, murdered, and somebody's responsible." The Guardian wouldn't happen to know who stuck the knife into that Iraq policy, would they? Leaking classified information, alleging atrocities, glorifying terrorists, that kind of thing? And finally they offer the immemorial spin. The Jews may be mixed up in it someplace.
All this comes at a critical moment for Lebanon as it strives to recover from the month-long bombardment by Israeli forces triggered by a border incident last July when Hizbullah's militia seized two Israeli soldiers. The government is seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in international aid for reconstruction and has been hoping to kickstart the economy with new investment, but these efforts could be stymied if the political uncertainties continue.
In all this Whodunnit the reader is led around circles. Bodies fall out of closets. Cars blow up. Missiles rain down from the sky. And the trail leads everywhere but where it directly goes. Perhaps readers in the far future will be understand how two countries, Syria and Iran could conduct a war against its neighbors without the Mainstream Media noticing. But we have a clue. The most interesting point -- in case you missed it -- about the Lancet study alleging that 650,000 people have died in Iraq, is that it is all America's fault. Well, maybe it is.