Syria Will Cooperate in Probe
- Anti-Syria Rhetoric Part of Neo-Con Agenda
Designed to Drive Wedge Into Middle East
By Christopher Bollyn
American Free Press
The aggressive posture taken by the United States and Britain against
Syria, based on unproved allegations from an inconclusive UN report of
an unfinished investigation, reveals the Zionist agenda behind the
policy decisions in Washington and London.
With more than 2,000 U.S. military personnel killed during the
invasion and occupation of Iraq, and many times that number injured or
maimed, a growing majority of Americans now believe the war in Iraq
was the wrong thing to do.
A recent Harris poll taken in mid-October, shows that 66 percent of
the American population disapproves of President George W. Bush's
handling of the war, while 53 percent thinks invading Iraq was a mistake.
With two out of three Americans opposed to Bush's handling of the war,
his public approval rating for the ill-advised, and legally
questionable and unwinnable war in the Middle East is at its lowest point.
Given the U.S. public's "gloomy opinions about Iraq," as Harris says,
one might ask why the Bush administration seems eager to widen the
conflict by threatening Syria.
The aggressive U.S. position against Syria in the UN Security Council
is supposedly based on the findings of an inconclusive UN report about
the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri.
The report, written by the German Detlev Mehlis with some 30 unnamed
investigators from 17 nations, is, how-ever, not the real reason for
the aggressive posture taken by the U.S. and British governments
The Mehlis report is only a convenient tool being used by Washington
and London in the execution of the Zionist agenda that dictates U.S.
and British policymaking decisions in the Middle East. The Bush
administration was clearly hostile to Syria before Hariri was
"The Zionist Plan for the Middle East," translated from Hebrew by
Israel Shahak, reveals the fundamental Israeli strategic plan for
Syria. The plan, written by Oded Yinon, a former official with the
Foreign Ministry of Israel, was published in a journal of the World
Zionist Organization in 1982. The plan calls for the dissolution or
balkanization of both Syria and Iraq.
"The dissolution of Syria and Iraq later on into ethnically or
religiously unique areas such as in Lebanon is Israel's primary target
on the Eastern front in the long run, while the dissolution of the
military power of those states serves as the primary short-term
target," Yinon wrote. "Syria will fall apart, in accordance with its
ethnic and religious structure, into several states such as in
present-day Lebanon, so that there will be a Shiite Alawi state along
its coast, a Sunni state in the Aleppo area, another Sunni state in
Damascus hostile to its northern neighbor, and the Druzes, who will
set up a state, maybe even in our [sic] Golan, and certainly in the
Hauran [southern Syria] and in northern Jordan."
Iraq was seen as the greater threat to Israel, with Syria coming close
"Iraq, rich in oil on the one hand and internally torn on the other,
is guaranteed as a candidate for Israel's targets," Yinon wrote in
1982. "Its dissolution is even more important for us than that of
Syria. Iraq is stronger than Syria. In the short run it is Iraqi power
which constitutes the greatest threat to Israel."
The aggressive U.S. position against Syria needs to be seen in the
context of the Israeli agenda for the region. The neo-con policies of
the Bush administration conform to that plan.
The Mehlis report contains allegations from unnamed witnesses but
provides no solid evidence that Syria had anything to do with the
murder of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
"Until the investigation is completed, all new leads and evidence are
fully analyzed, and an independent and impartial prosecution mechanism
is set up, one cannot know the complete story of what happened, how it
happened and who is responsible for the assassination of Rafik Hariri
and the murder of 22 other innocent people," the report says.
"Therefore, the presumption of innocence stands."
Since the release of the report, Syria has responded, though the U.S.
press has been slow to publish the statement.
"I have declared that Syria is innocent of this crime, and I am ready
to follow up action to bring to trial any Syrian who could be proved
by concrete evidence to have had connection with this crime," Syrian
President Bashar Assad said in an official letter to the governments
in Washington, London and Paris.
"If Syria killed Rafik Hariri, Lebanon's former prime minister and
mastermind of its revival after the civil war, it must be judged an
act of political suicide," Patrick Seale, a 30-year veteran British
correspondent on the Middle East, wrote shortly after Hariri and nine
others were killed when there was an explosion near his motorcade on
Feb. 14, 2005.
"Why would Syria murder Hariri, the main architect of Lebanon's
postwar reconstruction and prosperity?" American Free Press asked when
Hariri was killed. "And why would anybody murder Hariri in such a
"Attributing responsibility for the murder to Syria is implausible,"
Seale wrote. "Hariri was not a diehard enemy of Syria. For 10 of the
past 12 years he served as Lebanon's prime minister under Syria's aegis.
"To kill Hariri at this critical moment would be to destroy Syria's
reputation once and for all and hand its enemies a weapon with which
to deliver the blow that could finally destabilize the Damascus
regime, and even possibly bring it down," Seale wrote.
"The murder is more likely to be the work of one of its many enemies,"
Seale wrote. "Israel's ambition has long been to weaken Syria, sever
its strategic alliance with Iran and destroy Hezbollah."
The United States and Israel are trying to rally international support
against Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, Seale says, because they resist
U.S. and Israeli hegemony over the region. Hezbollah forced Israel out
of south Lebanon and has a deterrent capability, which prevents Israel
from attack-ing Lebanon with impunity.
"Iran's nuclear program threatens to break Israel's regional monopoly
of weapons of mass destruction," Seale wrote, "which is the main
reason it is under immense pres-sure to abandon uranium enrichment.
"Israel has great experience at `targeted assassinations,' not only in
the Palestinian territories but across the Middle East," wrote Seale.
" Over the years, it has sent hit teams to kill opponents in Beirut,
Tunis, Malta, Amman and Damascus."
The Mehlis investigation does not appear to have even considered the
possibility of Israel being behind the Hariri assassination. The
report claims an Iraqi suicide bomber driving a Mitsubishi van killed
Hariri. A "witness" named "Saddik" told the commission that the Iraqi
was led to believe that the target was Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.
Photographic evidence of the crater at the site of the bombing,
however, suggests that the explosion was not caused by a car bomb. The
crater is estimated to be between 35 to 50 feet in diameter and about
10 feet deep. A Russian study of surface explosions indicates five to
10 tons of TNT would be required to create such a crater.
Keith A. Holsapple, an expert on craters at the University of
Washington, examined the photographs of the Beirut crater for AFP.
"There is no doubt," Holsapple said, "at least a several-ton bomb
would be required if it were delivered by a vehicle and detonated
above the surface."
Photographs of the crater show buried water pipes thrust upward,
suggesting the detonation occurred below the pavement. A damaged car
can also be seen at the edge of the crater. If a massive surface
explosion had caused the crater, this car should have been blown far
back from the edge.
The initial plume of smoke that rose from the explosion was a light
brownish color. This also suggests that the detonation occurred in the
sandy soil beneath the street, from a buried explosive or a
precision-guided missile with a delayed fuse, which is designed to
Christopher Bollyn is a much-traveled international journalist
currently based in Chicago, serving as AFP's Midwest bureau chief. He
has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects including the
controversy surrounding computerized voting systems, the Arab-Israeli
conflict and the many unanswered questions surrounding the 9-11
Angry Assad Says Syria Will Cooperate in Probe:
Angry Assad Says Syria Will Cooperate in Probe
By Rhonda Roumani and Robin Wright
Washington Post Staff Writers
11/11/05 "Washington Post" -- -- DAMASCUS, Syria, Nov. 10 -- President
Bashar Assad promised Thursday to cooperate with a U.N. investigation
into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri,
but in a defiant speech to cabinet ministers, Baath Party members and
students, he warned that a confrontation might be inevitable.
"President Bashar Assad won't bow to anyone in this world nor would he
let his people or country to bow to anyone," he said to applause. "We
only bow to God."
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, meanwhile, said Syria was failing
to cooperate with the probe, in violation of a U.N. resolution.
Noting that Assad's government had balked this week at sending six
officials to Beirut to be questioned by U.N. investigator Detlev
Mehlis -- first inviting Mehlis to Damascus to negotiate about the
questioning of its security personnel and then saying it needed to
complete its own questioning -- Rice said Syria must "stop trying to
negotiate and cooperate."
"The U.N. couldn't have been clearer. The resolution couldn't have
been clearer or more detailed about what was expected of the Syrians,"
Rice told reporters traveling with her to the Middle East. "They're
expected to answer affirmatively, yes, to whatever Mehlis needs to
complete his investigation. I do not believe the U.N. Security Council
resolution contemplated negotiating how they would say yes."
[Early Friday, Rice landed in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on an
After Assad's speech, Syria's U.N. ambassador, Fayssal Mekdad, said in
New York that the six officials could be questioned at any U.N.
facility in a third country, possibly in Geneva or Vienna, but he said
Mehlis "should be sensitive" to conducting interviews in Beirut
following Syria's withdrawal of troops from Lebanon, the Associated
The Security Council on Oct. 31 unanimously passed Resolution 1636,
demanding that Syria cooperate with Mehlis's investigation. The
resolution did not specify what actions would be taken if Syria failed
to cooperate. Mehlis has until Dec. 15 to complete his inquiry and
report to the council.
Assad's address, delivered at Damascus University, was his first
public appearance since Mehlis submitted an interim report to the
Security Council three weeks ago that accused Syria of failing to
cooperate with the investigation into Hariri's Feb. 14 assassination.
A leaked version of the report implicated key figures close to the
president, including Maher Assad, his younger brother, and Asef
Shawkat, his powerful brother-in-law and military intelligence chief.
While promising cooperation, Assad also accused the United States and
Israel of trying to weaken Syria and the Middle East and said
compromises would not be made at the expense of Syrian interests.
"There is an international agenda taking place," Assad said. "We will
work with them in their game. What is happening now is a game.
Whatever we do and to whatever extent we cooperate, a month from now
they will say that Syria did not cooperate."
Assad also said it was almost certain that Syria had no hand in
Hariri's death, but he did not directly address Mehlis's request in
Over the past few weeks, Syrians have been largely quiet, waiting to
hear how their government would react to the mounting pressure. In his
speech, Assad said they would have to choose between possible
resistance and chaos.
"Resistance has a cost and chaos has a cost," Assad said. "But the
cost of resistance is far less."
On Thursday, many Syrians seemed to agree.
"They want to do with us what they did with Iraq," said Nureddin
Sankari, 53, a taxi driver who had just finished listening to the
speech. "I went through the 1973 war under Hafez Assad, and we
defended our country. Now, if they say there is a war, I'll be the
first one to go and fight."
At a rally in central Damascus, Rola Zoubi, 30, a magazine editor,
wore a smile and a crisp white T-shirt with the Syrian flag across the
front. "He spoke our words," Zoubi said. "He expressed our feelings
out loud. This is exactly how we feel."
Wright is traveling with Rice.
US tells Syria to drop conditions :
Syria has until 15 December to comply with the Security Council
resolution or face further action.
Syria must co-operate fully and unconditionally with the United
Nations over the assassination in February of Rafik Hariri, Washington
The US state department said the UN investigator looking into the
former Lebanese premier's death should get what he wanted without delay.
France and the UK made similar calls after Syria's leader said the
inquiry should not harm its national interests.
Investigator Detlev Mehlis wants to question six top Syrian officials.
Among them is the brother-in-law of President Bashar al-Assad.
Mr Assad said in a televised speech on Thursday his country would
co-operate with the UN inquiry because Syria was "innocent and truth
is its interest".
However, co-operation would cease if Syria "would be harmed", he
added, and he suggested that whatever Syria did, it would be accused
of failing to co-operate.
The BBC Arab affairs analyst says President Assad's uncompromising
words mean Syrian co-operation might not be as unconditional as the UN
Lebanon is the platform, the factory and the financer of all these
conspiracies.. because [Lebanese PM Fouad] Siniora is the slave of all
Analysis: Syrian defiance
If Mr Mehlis "wants something he should get it, and he should get it
without delay and without complication and without obfuscation" said
US state department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli.
He was citing a UN Security Council resolution on the matter.
"It calls for Syria to make individuals requested by the commission
fully available to the commission," he said.
"And it also gives the commission the authority to determine the
location and modalities for the interviews."
"It's not up to Syria to negotiate terms," the US spokesman added.
Syria has until 15 December to comply with the Security Council
resolution or face further action.
Syria has criticised Mr Mehlis for making accusations without due
process and not offering evidence.
The killing of Mr Hariri in a car bombing in Beirut in February led to
widespread criticism of Syria, which was forced to withdraw its
soldiers from Lebanon as a result.
Amman Bombings: Corporate Media Revises Script
Kurt Nimmo | November 12 2005
As more details about the Amman bombings emerge, the corporate media
has gone into heavy-duty spin mode to shape events to the liking of
the Bushcons and the Israelis. For instance, on the day of the bombing
(November 9), Reuters reported that the bombs at the Radisson were
"placed in a false ceiling," a rather difficult operation in a busy
hotel and demonstrating the fact the bombers, who we are now told are
Iraqi resistance fighters brainwashed by the dead cretin al-Zarqawi,
would have obviously required serious cover of the sort enjoyed by a
state intelligence service working in tandem with Jordanian
intelligence (since Jordan is "a police state with a democratic
façade," according to a former cabinet minister, sneaking explosives
into a hotel that caters to affluent foreigners would have been, to
say the least, difficult without government complicity and all but
impossible for rag-tag Iraqi resistance fighters). In an effort to
tighten the story and make it sound more plausible for the al-Zarqawi
suicide angle, "police sources" (most likely Jordanian police
spokesman Captain Bashir al-Da'jeh) dismissed the ceiling story and
introduced the more acceptable suicide bomber explanation later in the
day on November 9. Now we are told the ceiling simply "caved in" as a
result of "al-Qaeda in Iraq" suicide bombers.
Suddenly everybody was on message. On November 10, the mythical
al-Zarqawi, via the internet, claimed responsibility for the bombings
in the "moderate Arab nation" that "has fought a long-running battle
against Islamic extremists opposed to its 1994 peace deal with
Israel," according to the Bush Ministry of Disinformation, Associated
Press division. Of course, in a monarchial police state run by
Hashemites, accustomed to wielding dictatorial power through
hereditary emirs, there is no such thing as moderate rule, but never
mind. On the same day, thousands "of Jordanians rallied in the capital
and other cities shouting 'Burn in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!'" and
the corporate media imparts the impression these "protests" were
spontaneous when in fact-again in a monarchial police state-such
independent action is impossible and is in fact organized by the
government (thus the display of "Jordanian flags and posters of King
Abdullah II" by citizens we are expected to believe love their corrupt
king and his freedom-hating retinue). It is nearly vomit-inducing to
witness the length the corporate media has gone to portray average
Jordanians as kowtowing citizens of a "moderate" Arab country when in
fact they are oppressed subjects ruled under a "semi-constitutional"
monarchy installed by British invaders in 1921 as they went about
carving up the Middle East after defeating the Ottomans. But then
tribal and chieftain-based monarchy (especially the Hashemite version)
is precisely what Israel and the United States have in mind for the
Arabs and Muslims of the Middle East, so this compliant behavior by
the corporate media is to be more or less expected.
Now, with the ceiling story far behind us-and the evacuation of the
Israelis prior to the attack story all but extinguished-we are told
these al-Zarqawi suicide bombers included a "husband and wife team"
and the terrorists "carried out the Amman attacks with explosive belts
after carefully staking out the hotels for a month," according to the
Associated Press. Once again, all of this is absurd on its face-Iraqis
staking out hotels in a police state as if they were casually walking
around Cleveland, Ohio, staking out the local Red Roof Inn-and no
doubt the "husband and wife team" bit was thrown in for shock value, a
gruesome stick-to-the-wall detail that tells us the Iraqi resistance
(under the sway of the dead cretin al-Zarqawi) is brutal,
cold-hearted, and above all nihilistic. "It was believed to be the
first time a married couple has carried out a suicide attack. The
couple bombed the Days Inn after the woman 'chose to accompany her
husband to his martyrdom,' the statement said." Of course, we can
expect more married couples-soon followed by fraternal and identical
twins-to engage in such horrific violence against "filthy Jews"
(according to the deceased al-Zarqawi) who are evacuated, leaving
behind not only innocent Arabs attending a wedding party but also a
number of important Palestinians and Chinese business partners.
"In its latest statement, Al-Qaida said the bombings were carried out
in response to 'the conspiracy against the Sunnis,' referring to the
Muslim Arab group favored under Saddam Hussein's regime and now
believed to form the core of the Iraqi insurgency." Of course, this
makes absolutely no sense-Sunni Muslims comprise a full 92 percent of
Jordanians and it makes less than no sense to attack them to defend
the honor of Sunnis in Iraq. But then we are expected to believe
al-Zarqawi the black op team attacks Shia Muslims in Iraq because it
is more important to kill heretics than defeat the American occupation.
Obviously, the attack in Amman was carried out by seasoned
experts-almost certainly Mossad (the attacks fit their modus
operandi)-with the complicity of Jordanian and U.S. military
intelligence. It was engineered to reverse the support of average
Sunni Jordanians for the Sunni-led resistance in Iraq, kill important
Palestinians (and send a message to the Chinese, who support the
Palestinians), and also dovetail with Bush's desperate speech in
western Pennsylvania earlier today. "We must recognize Iraq as the
central front in our war against the terrorists," said Bush. No doubt
Bush and his neocon handlers believe the images from Amman of blown up
hotels-very westernized hotels and thus striking a cord with mostly
somnolent Americans-add the appropriate spin to his speech, which is
in fact a act of desperation as the Bushcons circle the wagons to fend
off growing criticism of the obvious fact Bush lied as he prepared to
attack a sovereign and defenseless nation.
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