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Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Assassins In Lebanon
Wretchard has summarized the various theories about who may have been responsible for the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Harir and several others.
Hariri's was protected against small-time assasination attemptions by the use of armored vehicles which equipped with electronic sweeping devices. It can be safely assumed that the Lebanese billionaire could afford the best private security that money could buy. Those security forces would employ countersurveillance, deceptive scheduling and decoys. But those formidable defenses were defeated by a truly massive bomb of several hundred pounds possibly detonated by a suicider, hence the "martyrdom" operation referred to in the videotape. They must have been supported by a surveillance and intelligence operation of no mean quality. That combination of expertise, access to large quantities of explosive and ready money makes it almost certain that Hariri's killers were either state-sponsored or belonged to a very powerful terrorist organization. Moreover, if Hariri's death was intended to "send a message" it was one that had to be widely understood by the intended audience without additional embellishment.
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