Not that they need to try hard to find willing murderers… but I digress.
Louis Delamarre was assassinated during a time when
In addition to growing opposition in
The conditions today are different. For all the Russian support, this is no Soviet backing. The Russians today may well be playing up the great power confrontation, but their main interests are far more “business” focused, centred on retooling their industry towards civilian applications. Rather than just “Great Game” politics, it is more likely that Putin is leveraging his support of
The environment being different, Ambassadors like Khoja should be logically safe from
Pace the rants of otherwise venerable commentator, this regime is not about to embrace change; it is in strict survival mode, since it knows very well that it cannot maintain control over Damascus without power over Lebanon and its juicy rackets.
But in its struggle for survival, this regime is still reading from the “old book” bequeathed by Hafez El-Assad. Yet the father’s book was not written for the son’s world, his time has passed,
The “old book” was only “valid” in the 1990’s, when many kidnappings and assassinations were visited upon the Lebanese. It was becoming less valid soon after 9/11, when the West realized the long term price of its long term support for “unresponsive” dictators….
So Khoja is right to be careful…