Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Lebanon, Mossad and the CIA


Bill Van Auken,17 February 2005, wrote about Lebanon in www.wsws.org :

"It is hoped in both Washington and Tel Aviv that either forcing Syrian troops out of Lebanon or carrying out “regime change” in Damascus will undermine Hezbollah’s position and open the door for renewed Israeli control on both sides of its northern border.

Washington and Tel Aviv "want Lebanon to grant citizenship to the estimated 400,000 Palestinian refugees inside that country, a move that would effectively abrogate their right—never recognized by Israel—to return to the homes from which they were expelled in the course of the creation and expansion of the Zionist state...

"David Wurmser, Vice President Dick Cheney’s adviser on the Middle East... co-authored a report drafted for incoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, entitled “A Clean Break: a New Strategy for Securing the Realm.” It called for a repudiation of the “land for peace” formula that had served as the basis for Middle East peace negotiations, in favor of a plan to “roll back” regional adversaries. It advocated the overthrow of the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein and recommended Israeli strikes against “Syrian targets in Lebanon” and within Syria itself...

"Car bomb killings in Beirut are a regular part of Mossad’s repertoire. In the 1970s and 1980s, when the Israelis invaded Lebanon, such bombings were a fact of daily life, and many of them were attributed to Israel."



URI AVNERY writes in Counterpunch about Lebanon.

Lebanon contains Christians, Sunnis, Shiites and Druse.

"The jolly pictures of young demonstrators, so prominent in the media, have no meaning if one does not know the community which stands behind them.

"Only thirty years ago these communities started a terrible civil war and all of them massacred each other.

"The Christian Maronites wanted to take over the country with the help of Israel, but were defeated by a coalition of the Sunnis and Druze (the Shiites played no significant role at that time).

"The Palestinian refugees, led by the PLO, who formed a kind of fifth "community", joined the battle.

"When the Christians were in danger of being overrun, they called on the Syrians for help.

"Six years later, Israel invaded, with the aim of evicting both the Syrians and the Palestinians and imposing a Christian strongman (Basheer Jumail).

"Syria is almost as splintered as Lebanon. There is a strong Druze community in the south, a rebellious Kurdish community in the north, an Alawite community (to which the Assad family belongs) in the west. The Sunni majority is traditionally divided between Damascus in the south and Aleppo in the north. The people have resigned themselves to the Assad dictatorship out of fear of what may happen if the regime collapses."

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