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Hizbollah killed Hariri

May 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Lebanon

800px-flag_of_hezbollahsvgAccording to German magazine Der Spiegel, Hizbollah killed Rafiq Hariri.

“Intensive investigations in Lebanon are all pointing to a new conclusion: that it was not the Syrians, but instead special forces of the Lebanese Shiite organization Hezbollah”

The trouble is, all of this is based on a single anonymous source. It also comes days before the Lebanese elections where Hizbollah’s March 8 Opposition is expected to sweep to power.

Hizbollah accuses Der Spiegel of trying to distract attention from the Israel spy-ring discovered in Lebanon. The group also accuses the magazine of blatant interference in the election.

Weeks ago, the only four suspects in the assassination were released without charge, leading to fears the investigation was heading for a dead end.

Syria Comment readers have already thoroughly dismissed the piece. In contrast to the normal wide range of debate on that site, almost all readers seem unanimous – there is not a shred of truth to this article. Some of the reasons:

– The Hariri investigators have been very careful about not leaking details.

– Hizbollah has no history of assassinating Lebanese political opponents.

– The similar 2005 “smoking gun” accusations against Syria were based on a false witness.

– The article seems to be a word-for-word copy of a three-year-old Le Figaro piece.


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