Friday, May 09, 2008

There will be debates, recriminations, and accusations and counter-accusations about what happened in Beirut, and especially about the Hariri militia. The militia was well-paid, and trained in Jordan--all US-supported militias in the Middle East are trained in Jordan, from Iraqi puppet troops, to Dahlan gangs, and the Hariri militia. The reason why they did not fight is that they lacked a driving ideology. What is the ideology? Hariri family? When Sa`d Hariri has been absent in Saudi Arabia for two straight montha attending to the health of Prince `Azzuz? They were joining the Hariri militia and getting paid but they were not willing to fight, although they had plenty of weapons as we saw on TV (You have to ignore the existence of US-supported militias in the Middle East because when US and UN (as it it is their business) talk about militias in the Middle East they only refer to anti-US militias. The Badr sectarian militias which drilled holes in victims' skulls, and which was responsible for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from Iraq is not mentioned as a militia.) But Hariri militia assumed that Sunn-Shi`ite agitation would serve as the driving ideology but that did not work either at the time of battle. When Hasan Nasrallah said yesterday that he no more is fearful of Sunni-Shi`ite conflict he basically was saying that we now know that the Sunnis of Lebanon would not fight, like they did in Iraq, in a sectarian war. And they did not fight. Al-Akhbar (which gave the best coverage of events yesterday in today's issue--for purposes of conflict of interest I should state that I write in that secular and independent newspaper that drives the Hariri gangs crazy) reported that Northern Lebanon was promising some 70 vans at a time of war and sectarian confrontation but that only 7 vans arrived. Al-Arabiyya TV (which provides wall-to-wall sectarian coverage) reported that armed men of the SSNP were seen on the streets of Beirut. Al-Arabiyya TV did not report that Hariri gangs put on fire several offices of the SSNP in Beirut in the last two years--and I say that without being a supporter of the SSNP. A Phalanges' leader, Salim Sayigh, today talked about Beirut "the city of Sunnis" as if other sects in Beirut are mere visitors.