Repost: Saad Hariri Aides Western Syria Destabilization from Lebanon.
by Tony Cartalucci
October 20, 2012 – It was, starting at least in 2007, the goal of the US, Saudis, and Israelis to trigger a region wide sectarian war with which to overrun the governments of Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. This was documented in detail in Seymour Hersh’s 2007 New Yorker article, “The Redirection” which was covered in depth in, “Syrian War: The Prequel.
A recent bombing in Beirut, Lebanon left high ranking security chief Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan dead. Al-Hassan is described as “anti-Syrian.” Before Al-Hassan’s death was announced, and literally as bodies were still being pulled from the wreckage caused by the bombing, politicians from Saad Hariri’s faction began immediately blaming Syria for the attacks. Hariri himself also laid the blame on Syria, offering no other details or supporting evidence.
Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran have all condemned the bombing and cite it as a provocation to start a greater sectarian war, from which none will benefit. Each in turn suspect Israel and the West, as greater sectarian tension is expected to result, playing into long documented attempts by US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia to trigger a sectarian war they hope will be the downfall of Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran.
Suspicious op-eds in pro-Western “Lebanon Now” insist that Syria is responsible, and again without evidence, concludes that blaming Israel is inappropriate, and that the Wall Street-London militant beachhead is by far a lesser threat to Lebanon than what it calls “the most deadly virus” of President Bashar al-Assad’s Syria.
The blast has given impetus to Hariri’s mobs to flood into the streets, who will no doubt portray themselves to be as “spontaneous” and “independent” as US-engineered mobs were throughout the equally premeditated “Arab Spring.”
Hariri in 2007 was, according to US journalist Seymour Hersh, building an armed militant front in northern Lebanon, across the boarder from Homs, Syria. Many of these militants admittedly had direct ties to Al Qaeda, and with US, Israeli, and Saudi support, they were continuously armed, funded, and prepared for the sectarian bloodbath now unfolding. Homs to this day remains as one of the strongholds for terrorist militants operating in Syria.
While the Western media claims it is a shocking revelation that Al Qaeda is “amongst” the fighters attempting to overthrow the Syrian government, it is well documented that it was Al Qaeda from the very beginning who began armed operations against Syria, using Lebanon and Turkey as a base of operations, with explicit support from the West. The operations were carried out under the tenuous cover of “pro-democracy” protests and with a constant torrent of disinformation provided by the Western media.
While the current story in Lebanon develops, it will be useful to understand the role Hariri has so far played. The republished article below, originally posted in May, 2012, is by no means an exhaustive expose of Hariri and his role in executing the foreign agenda driven by Wall Street, London, Tel Aviv, Doha, and Riyadh, which starts well before 2007.
Originally posted May 21, 2012 -The United Nations has been inexplicably silent
over revelations that the United States, Saudi Arabia, and other Persian Gulf states, are arming militants in Syria in direct violation of a UN brokered ceasefire.
Additionally, the US has openly threatened to arm Kurd militants in
Syria to “rise up” against the government. While in reality this
constitutes a greater threat to neighboring Turkey, and perhaps an attempt to motivate Ankara
to take a more aggressive stance against Syria, the threat of
purposefully inciting more violence in a conflict that has allegedly
claimed “10,000” lives, seems not only grossly irresponsible, but a
violation of international peace.
Image: A bomb detonates in Syria, May 19, 2012, killing and maiming scores. This is the latest manifestation of overt US and Gulf State military support for terrorists attempting to destabilize and overthrow the Syrian government. The West has planned and prepared years in advance for implementing bloody regime change in Syria and Iran.
The West’s meddling in Syria does not end there. Recently, clashes have broken out in Lebanon,
revealing a large base of operations supporting the destabilization in
neighboring Syria, located along the Lebanese-Syrian border. The
significance of this discovery, and extremist groups in Lebanon being
directly involved, highlights the veracity of a 2007 New Yorker article
by Seymour Hersh titled, “The Redirection,”
which exposed a joint US-Israeli-Saudi operation to create a violent
extremist front and direct it at Hezbollah in Lebanon, President Bashar
al-Assad in Syria, and at the Iranian government.
In the article, the fact that these extremist forces had direct ties to
Al Qaeda was noted, including the fact that many of these militants
either participated in fighting US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, or
were affiliated with groups that did:
“In 2005, according to a report by the U.S.-based International Crisis
Group, Saad Hariri, the Sunni majority leader of the Lebanese
parliament and the son of the slain former Prime Minister—Saad inherited
more than four billion dollars after his father’s assassination—paid
forty-eight thousand dollars in bail for four members of an Islamic
militant group from Dinniyeh. The men had been arrested while trying to
establish an Islamic mini-state in northern Lebanon. The Crisis Group
noted that many of the militants “had trained in al-Qaeda camps in
According to the Crisis Group report, Saad Hariri later used his
parliamentary majority to obtain amnesty for twenty-two of the Dinniyeh
Islamists, as well as for seven militants suspected of plotting to bomb
the Italian and Ukrainian embassies in Beirut, the previous year. (He
also arranged a pardon for Samir Geagea, a Maronite Christian militia
leader, who had been convicted of four political murders, including the
assassination, in 1987, of Prime Minister Rashid Karami.) Hariri
described his actions to reporters as humanitarian.
In an interview in Beirut, a senior official in the Siniora
government acknowledged that there were Sunni jihadists operating inside
Lebanon. “We have a liberal attitude that allows Al Qaeda types to have
a presence here,” he said. He related this to concerns that Iran or
Syria might decide to turn Lebanon into a “theatre of conflict.”” -“The Redirection,” Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker 2007
The report also made mention of extensive US funding behind Hariri’s
faction, led then by Fouad Siniora, augmenting the creation of this
“The United States has also given clandestine support to the Siniora
government, according to the former senior intelligence official and the
U.S. government consultant. “We are in a program to enhance the Sunni
capability to resist Shiite influence, and we’re spreading the money
around as much as we can,” the former senior intelligence official said.
The problem was that such money “always gets in more pockets than you
think it will,” he said. “In this process, we’re financing a lot of bad
guys with some serious potential unintended consequences. We don’t have
the ability to determine and get pay vouchers signed by the people we
like and avoid the people we don’t like. It’s a very high-risk venture.”
American, European, and Arab officials I spoke to told me that the
Siniora government and its allies had allowed some aid to end up in the
hands of emerging Sunni radical groups in northern Lebanon, the Bekaa
Valley, and around Palestinian refugee camps in the south. These groups,
though small, are seen as a buffer to Hezbollah; at the same time,
their ideological ties are with Al Qaeda.” -“The Redirection,” Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker 2007
It becomes clear then that Lebanon’s recent unrest is a result of a
greater gambit targeting not just Syria, but the
Hezbollah-Syrian-Iranian sphere of power, following the US-engineered “Arab Spring”
installing proxy leaders across the Arab World to specifically support
this last leg of geopolitical reordering. Such support has manifested
itself as political support from US-proxy president Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia, and similar support from US-installed Libyan Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib, who’s nation has also committed not only arms and cash to Syrian terrorists, but fighters as well.
Image: Saad Hariri, former prime minister of Lebanon, is
admittedly a co-conspirator in US-Israeli-Saudi designs to destabilize
with militant extremists and violently overthrow the Syrian government.
While Hariri feigns anti-Israeli sentiment and makes public calls for
Lebanese to refrain from sectarian violence, he is the primary
facilitator of both extremists crossing over into Syria, and their
creating of chaos in the streets of Lebanon. A 2010 Fortune 500-funded International Crisis Group report describes in detail Hariri’s deep ties, and indeed dependence, on the West.
Now, it is reported that “anti-Assad clerics” have been shot by Lebanese soldiers
– and just as was seen during the assassination of Rafic Hariri,
demagogues are attempting to draw Sunni Muslims into a conflict with
Shi’ias. A strategy of tension is being used to divide the Lebanese
people into a deadly conflict mirroring the sectarian, not “democracy,”
driven unrest ravaging Syria. With Saad Hariri, the US, and Saudi Arabia
overtly working to undermine Syrian stability, it appears that all of
the characters described by Hersh in 2007 are now openly implementing
The purposefully nebulous coverage by the Western media over violence in
Lebanon so far, and a disingenuous depiction of it being “spill over”
from Syria is meant to portray a general sense of chaos consuming the
region. In reality, it is a premeditated destabilization dependent on
fostering violence between Sunni and Shi’ia Muslims, just as was
purposefully done in Iraq to balk an effective Sunni-Shi’ia alliance
that achieved initial success fighting a foreign occupation led by the
US starting in 2003.
While exposing the premeditated nature of the destabilization consuming
Lebanon and Syria is essential, as well as calling for international
condemnation of the US for openly attempting to escalate violence in the
middle of a mediated ceasefire, calling on people across the Islamic
World to refrain from falling into this sectarian trap, and being used
as tools of their own division and subjugation by the West is equally
Saad Hariri portends that his alliance with the US, Israel, and the
Saudis is simply an attempt to protect “Sunnis” from a “Shi’ia threat.”
In reality, as empires have done all throughout history, Hariri’s
invitation to the West to meddle in his own nation’s affairs will open
the door to the destruction and dismemberment of not only his enemies,
but inevitably his own movement as well. A faction too weak to fight its
rivals is certainly too weak to fight an invited foreign imperial power
that decides to overstay its welcome. A strategy of tension is at play
in the Islamic World, the trap set, hatred for Israel and rival
ideologies the bait. Time will answer the question, “have the people of
the world learned enough collectively to avoid it?”