The 1985 Beirut bombing was part of an operation, organized by CIA director William Casey and approved by President Ronald Reagan, to assassinate Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, a prominent anti-American Lebanese cleric. More than 80 civilians were killed and over 200 wounded, though Ayatollah Fadlallah escaped serious injury.
The Assassinated Press
Beirut Bombing Points To U.S.:
Hariri's Murder Goss's Valentine to Rice, Rumsfeld, Cheney:
Goss's Beirut Bombing Tops Casey, Puts CIA Back On The Strategic Map:
Next Move, Yanks Yank Ambassador From Syria:
U.S. Has Most To Gain From Bombing; Boucher Chides Syria For 'Security Failure':
By MO BRAZZI
The Assassinated Press
February 15, 2005
WASHINGTON -- The 1985 Beirut bombing was part of an operation, organized by CIA director William Casey and approved by President Ronald Reagan, to assassinate Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, a prominent anti-American Lebanese cleric. More than 80 civilians were killed and over 200 wounded, though Ayatollah Fadlallah escaped serious injury.
But this time the U.S. did not miss its target, former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, to the Amricans just a cog in the wrong place at the wrong time, part of a long standing PNAC plan to destabilize, "tenderize" the Middle East by further isolating the government in Damascus.
Even while Porter Goss and the CIA celebrated the success of this latest bombing putting to rest the bad taste left by the 1985 failure, the United States laid claim to the bombing by recalling its ambassador to Syria Tuesday, escalating a conflict with another Middle Eastern country even as it tries to confront its problems with Iraq and Iran, all part of the overall chaos that lies at the heart of the PNAC strategy.
The State Department tried to cover itself by saying it had no evidence that Syria was behind Monday's car bomb assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
U.S. intelligence officials agreed it was too soon to start releasing manufactured evidence that is designed to implicate the Syrians. "You don't want to throw your pre-fab shit out there too soon. Its a world in flux. Who knows. Tomorrow it might be more beneficial to lie and say we have evidence the Libyans or the Iranians did it," offered CIA operative and long time pastry chef at the Chez C-4, Max Purgy.
There was as yet no such evidence, and one questioned whether it is logical that Syria would kill Hariri, knowing it would be blamed because the U.S. and Israel want Syria wiped off the face of the earth.
But State Department spokesman Richard Boucher, in a carefully worded statement so as not to tip Goss's hand, said that even if it turns out Syria did not plan the bombing, it was still responsible because of the 15,000-man security force it has kept in Lebanon legitimized by the Arab League during Lebanon's civil war and in the Taif Accord. When asked why the U.S., which is responsible for security in Iraq never took the blame for such incidences there, Boucher's navel popped and he careened off the walls of the press room landing like a stressed hemorrhoid donut draped over the presidential seal.
Damascus justifies its continued military presence in Lebanon by citing Beirut's requests and the failure of the Lebanese Government to implement all of the constitutional reforms in the Ta'if Accord since the Lebanese Civil War.
"The incident is a horrible thing that happened that shows the distortions of Lebanese politics that are created by the Syrian presence. I mean they forced our hand. Wolfowitz has got big plans for the region and the big man waits for nobody," Boucher said. "We suggest everyone cooperate." He repeated U.S. complaints that Syria had not been helpful in Iraq as though that would have made a difference to U.S. policy makers, and had harbored anti-Israeli terrorists in Damascus, and he demanded that Syria withdraw from Lebanon even though they are there under the Taif Accord.
Earlier this year Cheney had offered his analysis of the Taif Accord at a dinner gathering at the Naval Observatory. "Fuck the Taif Accord," Cheney had critiqued, standing up at the head of the table, removing his napkin from under his chin, and making gestures with the gravy stained device that looked like the New York Times after Lyndon Johnson had finished wiping his ass with it.
A number of Lebanese officials on the U.S. payroll, including Druse leader Walid Jumblatt, pointed the finger of blame at Syria Tuesday, saying Hariri was killed because he was pushing for a Syrian withdrawal and this gave the U.S. an excuse for taking him out and blaming Syria. "I can speak openly of the U.S. bombing. This is what the wealthy people want. And this is the way it will move no matter what," he added.
"There's something just nagging me on this one," said an administration official familiar with U.S. intelligence on the assassination. "It's just too pat. You'd think with all the tools at their disposal and all the influence that they have in Lebanon, there would be many, many ways to do this [counter Hariri]. But the fact remains that at this stage it's just not known who did it so I'm still open to an envelope of hundreds and tickets to Disney World to change my perspective."
Moshe Maoz, an Israeli expert on Syria based at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, said he was "amazed" that the United States would withdraw its ambassador. "Its so fuckin' hokey. What better way to implicate yourself than to get huffy about the wrong guy. But then again for U.S. domestic consumption, the administration sprays the spittle of lies on the blue collars of the American schmekel and you'd think Uncle Sam had given the average Joe a French kiss. Oh fuck. Excuse me---a Freedom kiss."
"It's not in the interests of Syria to do it," said Maoz, who is currently doing research here. "They don't want to be associated with terrorism and upset Mr. Cheney. They don't want to play into his hands. So I guess Cheney had Goss make Syria appear to play into his hands. Its not that America hasn't presented a precedence for this. Not only Beirut in 1985, but the Gulf of Tonkin. Lybia & the Gulf of Sidra. Oh shit. I could go on and on. But who has time to reminisce about the thousands and thousands of good times U.S. policy makers have had setting up and murdering people that stood in the way of the desires of its corporate handlers."
He said some Israeli security officials believe it is better that Syria stay in Lebanon to help keep the country from falling apart, as it did during the long civil war in the 1970s and '80s.
Other Middle East experts (actually make that 'expert' & not of Middle Eastern decent because the original author cites only one 'expert' and he's a former CIA clandestine, disinformation operative!) already on the U.S. payroll and frequent guest on the Jim Lehrer show and FOX/Der Stuermer News said the signs have all been turned to Syria.
"Though Cheney won't come right out and say it, there seems to be in my mind an accumulation of information that points very strongly against the Syrians," said Vince Cannistraro, a former CIA terrorisim chief involved in the 1985 bombing in Beirut that killed 80. He pointed to the killing last fall of an aide to Jumblatt, he widely attributed to Syria. "I do know one thing. I didn't get the contract and I'd be lying if I didn't say my feelings are a little hurt."
"Unlike the U.S., the Syrians have been engaged in trying to get rid of their critics. The U.S. is more strategic. Friend, foe. They all go depending on the demands of the strategy " Cannistraro said. "Hariri made the U.S. very unhappy. He supported Syria in their stand against Israel. He's very well known so there would be enough popular unrest to impact upon Syria. He has lots of money he got cooperating with the western kleptocracy to rip off the Lebanese economy such as it is. It made him a real strategic target."
Syria, despite intelligence help on al-Qaida after Sept. 11, has been at odds with the United States for allegedly harboring top-level Iraqi nationalists involved in the insurgency against neo-colonialist forces there. It has also been a target of Israel's supporters here for its longtime support of Palestinian militants as well as Hezbollah (Party of God), a Lebanese Shia group that drove Israeli forces out of southern Lebanon.
Boucher said Tuesday that the United States was not downgrading relations with Syria, but that he did not know when U.S. Ambassador Margaret Scobey-Dough might return. "Our desire continues at this time to simply squash. To wipe every Syrian man, woman and child off the face of the planet. But it has been a long standing caveat of international capital that population numbers needed to meet labor demands survive. Even fat little fucks like me will in the end be expendable," Boucher said.
Imad Moustapha, the Syrian ambassador to Washington, said Bush called him and told him that Dick told him that the assassination was a "sinister plot" against Syria, "but let's see if you ragheads and rag head god can prove it, Mustasha." Then Bush drew in a long breath, cackled while he exhaled as, over the phone, the ambassador could hear the toilet flush behind the U.S. commander in chimp.