Thursday, December 05, 2013

Assassination of a Hizbullah commander

There has been some 8 Israeli assassinations of known or unknown Hizbullah leaders or commanders since the 1980s.  There is no doubt on earth that Israel was behind the recent assassination: you just have to read how much efforts Anne Barnard of the New York Times made in order to bring in Zionist denials of responsibility and to advance the bogus theory of some Sunni sectarian group to confirm that Israel was responsible.  Hizbullah is not as easy to target by the Israeli enemy as the PLO was in the past: leaders and commanders keep a low profile and they don't move in large convoys as PLO leaders did in the past during the war years.  Abu Hasan Salamah, an intelligence chief, adhered to a schedule and a routine that no intelligence chief would ever get a way with (not to mention that the exploits and adventures and "revolutionary" contributions of Salamah were largely fictitious: Israel held him responsible for actions that he had no links with whatsoever but the ignorance of Mossad is not something that is new).  Let me tell you something: when Israeli used to engage in assassinations (Israel was so callous and war criminal in its assassinations in Lebanon that it never used a revolver or even a machine gun---the favorite method of assassination by Israel was through a car bomb in a crowded street, managing to kill the person in question along with some tens of innocent bystanders. That is the nature of the enemy of the Arabs) it always chose times of acute internal conflict.  And Israel would never assume responsibility for its own assassinations: it always denied responsibility, just as it denies responsibility for the assassination of Arafat.  But during the war, after every assassination by Israel, some group (The Front for the Liberation of Lebanon from Strangers or Jabhat Tahrir Lubnan min-al-Ghuraba') would claim responsibility and it was known as a mere phone organization used by Israel to shift blame and also to intensify internal conflict in Lebanon.  There is a basic reason why the assassination of Hassan Laqqis was perpetrated by Israel and not by some imaginary "Sunni" group: his work was largely unknown for Lebanese and Syrians.  Apparently, his work was largely technical and electronic and dealt with stuff that only Israel would know about.  Not much is known about Laqqis and the picture circulated is not new from what I can gather. Some account in As-Safir said that he had a degree in computer science from AUB and that he met Hasan Nasrallah in the 1980s (people don't realize that Nasrallah worked in intelligence for Hizbullah and at one point was intelligence chief for Beirut area).  Like Nasrallah, Laqqis also started work with the Amal Movement but then moved to Hizbullah when it was forming.  Israel used the bogus claim of responsibility by a non-existent Sunni group to typical shift the blame and also to intensify Sectarian tensions and conflicts in Lebanon.  But it makes you think: amazing how many murders Israel gets away with in Lebanon and beyond.  My mother yesterday commented to me about the assassination and she was angry: that Hizbullah was at fault for not avenging the assassination of `Imad Mughniyyah.  Hizbullah will most likely be reconsidering that policy.  And if Hizbullah were to assassinate one of the many Israeli terrorist leaders, you can imagine the international outcry and the calls for an international criminal court to be set up, and the Secretary-general of the UN would be holding a boring press conference reading in his most boring tone a statement of protest.  For me, this Israeli murder is yet another confirmation in a century-old conflict as to the extent to which the Israeli enemy is callous and casual in killing Arabs--ordinary Arabs and non-ordinary Arabs.  And Israel intelligence activities in Lebanon benefit these days from their alliance with the House of Saud.  They have an easier time recruiting form the base of the Hariri and Salafi movement.  There is speculation about the regional implications or even motives of Israel regarding its displeasure with the Iranian-US deal.  I don't know about that but know that Israel and Saudi Arabia have a stake in making violence and conflict in the region much uglier in months and years to come.  Brace yourselves.