Friday, May 25, 2007

Bank Al-Qaeda (?)

The Lebanese Army and “Fatah All-Asswipes” gets ready for a showdown, in which all Lebanese are rooting for a “definitive solution”, no matter the priceIn typical Lebanese schizophrenia, regardless of what they publicly state, and regardless of the proclivity du jour of the leader they happen to follow, the Lebanese are not about to look a gift horse in the mouth. If 1973 does not end now, our leaders will find few who will mourn their passing.

In the background, however, there are increasing threats from other nasties joining in the fun. Ahmad Jibril may be too close to Syria, Al-Qaeda too far, but there still are a few other local “friends” who can provide the Assad regime with sufficient plausible deniability.

A Limited Offering

Still, those look like the last cartridges; if the Army is successful in Nahr El-Bared, the Syrian would need to resort to more direct means on confrontation, which come with long-term side-effects. This is because the Syrian offering is limited today, especially since its actions prompted a "great Sunni Makeover"....

The Syrians do not have as much control over Islamists as they used to think; until the assassination of Rafic Hariri, there was “no Muslim leader who [could raise] the issue of [their] presence” in Lebanon. After his assassination, many have been queuing up to oppose what is essentially a Alawite dictatorship masquerading as a “secular” regime, n’en deplaise à Mr. Fisk et consorts.

All the terrorism, bombings, and assassinations can only increase the resolve of the regime’s Lebanese opponents; it convinced many that the bridges had all been burned. Thus cornered, opponents have no choice but to press on, and hope for the best.

Enter Al-Madina

The Syrian offering is set to become even more limited, with the unravelling of the Bank Al-Madina scandal.

To be sure, the level of corruption in Lebanon is such that all the political class is likely to be involved, one way or another. Heck, the inter-connectedness of the Lebanese banking system is such that we could all potentially be affected, one way or another.

There may well be more to the story; the statutes of the International Tribunal being established are so “encompassing” that we could all be potentially pursued for the Hariri assassination; from the politician with a grudge to the lowly peon whose meagre assets were sacrificed to Moloch (Hint: It is otherwise referred to as SOLIDERE).

Now, the assassination and the Bank Al-Madina scandal both appear solidly linked together thanks the Mehlis/Brammertz investigation; after Ms. Koleilat’s interview, a little noticed piece of news discussed how her “testimony had ‘shed light on important issues that have been awaiting clearance’ from the U.N. commission”.

With those links "established", the United States and France now only need to finalize their deal with the Russians; then the net can be cast as wide as they desire to bring to Justice the perpetrators of the massacre of February 14th, 2005, in which Hariri was killed along with more than 20 others, lest we forget...

And if that's not too cynical a reading; time will tell... The time between now and June 10.

Odd Statements

With this in mind, some of the hints being dropped here and there are interesting. Having already been “sensitized” to the idea of a link between Bank Al-Madina and the Hariri assassination, the public is now being fed interesting tidbits.

The first to timidly appear is a tidbit about a few names being “identified”; it was little more than the first small-fry, with a promise of many more to come.

Then came a little piece of information that a certain Mustapha Abu al Yazeed was Osama’s CFO back in the heady Khartoum days… Khartoum, a city in which a few Lebanese banks did much lucrative business back in the 1990’s.

Incidentally, the man was last seen on Al-Jazeera channel, that same little TV news outfit the Lebanese are so angry about, and to whom Joumblat sent a message “live” on air the other day, after the Aley bombing.

Finally, then came an interesting little piece by a “veteran Saudi commentator” (H/T Mustapha), stating that those Al-Qaeda islamists were gunning for the Hariri Tribunal because of the threat it poses to Bin Laden himself

Before you dismiss the piece, recall that the writer, Abd El-Rahman El-Rashed, is no mere Seymore Hersh when it comes to the regions’ goings-on. Is it a hint for the Syrians to scuttle their little Fath Al-Islam protégés and “make a deal”? Or is it a response to the regime’s blackmail, and the Syrians really risk a blowback via some of its key operators in Lebanon, themselves weakened by the jailing of their underlings.

In case the latter option is true, it is little wonder Bashar is playing for keeps… And little wonder Johnny Abdo is so pessimistic


Anonymous said...

Date of the Hariri assassination in your article needs fixing.

Jeha said...


Sorry. Mistake corrected.

Sam said...
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abollam said...

Sam: you are right that the tribunal is not for the truth only. It's most important usefulness is to stop the political assasination in Lebanon.

Anonymous said...

Impeccable logic Sam. The greek are envious.