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    Lebanon security news

    A powerful car bomb blast left dead and wounded in mainly Christian east Beirut on Friday, in the first such attack in the Lebanese capital since 2008.
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    ( Lebanese civil defence and Red Cross workers are seen at scene where a car bomb exploded in the Achrafiyeh Christian residential area in Beirut
    Lebanese police intelligence chief reported dead


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    Date : Friday 19 October 2012
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    Lebanese soldiers secure the site where the car bomb exploded in the Achrafiyeh Christian residential area in Beirut, Lebanon
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    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese troops launched a major security operation on Monday to open all roads and force gunmen off the streets, trying to contain an outburst of violence set off by the assassination of a top intelligence official who was a powerful opponent of Syria. Sectarian clashes overnight killed at least two people.

    Opponents of Syria have blamed the regime in Damascus for the killing of Lebanese Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan in a Beirut car bomb on Friday. With Lebanon already tense and deeply divided over the civil war next door, the assassination has threatened to drag the country back into the kind of sectarian strife that plagued it for decades — much of it linked to Syria.

    Sporadic cracks of gunfire rang out in Beirut as soldiers backed by armored personal carriers with heavy machine guns took up position on major thoroughfares and dismantled roadblocks. At times, troops exchanged gunfire with Sunni gunmen.

    Al-Hassan was a Sunni who challenged Syria and its powerful Lebanese ally, the Shiite militant group Hezbollah. The uprising in Syria is dominated by the Sunni majority fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, who like many who dominate his regime, is a member of the Alawite sect — an offshoot of Shiite Islam. Lebanon and Syria share similar sectarian divides that have fed tensions in both countries, increasingly.

    Most of Lebanon's Sunnis have backed Syria's mainly Sunni rebels, while Lebanese Shiites tend to back Assad.

    Al-Hassan's assassination has imperiled Lebanon's fragile political balance. Many politicians blamed Syria for the killing and angry protesters tried to storm the government palace after al-Hassan's funeral on Sunday, venting their rage at leaders they consider puppets of a murderous Syrian regime. But were pushed back by troops who opened fire in the air and fired tear gas.

    Prime Minister Najib Mikati, a Sunni, told As-Safir newspaper that when he took up his post last year, he intended to protect all Lebanese, particularly Sunnis.

    "I was convinced that through this mission, I am protecting my country, my people and especially fellow members of my sect."

    The prime minister of Lebanon is usually a Sunni according to a sectarian division of top posts in the state. Over the past year, pro-Syrian Hezbollah and its allies have come to dominate the government.

    On Sunday night, a group of anti-Syrian protesters started an open-ended sit-in outside Mikati's house in his hometown of Tripoli. The protesters said they will only end the sit-in when Mikati resigns.

    Ambassadors of Britain, the U.S., Russia, China and France and the U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon met President Michel Suleiman to express support for him.

    "The permanent members at the United Nations call upon all the parties in Lebanon to preserve stability," Derek Plumbly, the U.N. representative, told reporters in Arabic while surrounded by the five ambassadors. "We strongly condemn any attempt to shake Lebanon's stability."

    Overnight, Sunni and Shiite gunmen clashed in two Beirut neighborhoods and officials also reported heavy clashes late Sunday and early Monday in the northern city of Tripoli and towns between the capital Beirut and the southern city of Sidon.

    The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media, said a man was killed in shooting in the Wadi Zayneh area north of Sidon and another person died in the Tripoli clashes. The officials said the clashes wounded at least six people in Beirut and 10 in Tripoli.

    An Associated Press photographer saw dozens of gunmen roaming the streets on Monday in Beirut's predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Tariq Jadideh, where much of the fighting has taken place. Local Sunni leaders were calling the gunmen by telephone urging them to pull out of the streets.

    In some roads around Tariq Jadideh, masked Sunni gunmen set up checkpoints, stopping cars and asking people about their destination and where they were coming from.

    A woman who lives in the neighborhood said the fighting began shortly after midnight and lasted until sunrise.

    "We couldn't sleep because of the shooting. There were also some booms," she said, referring to rocket-propelled grenades. She asked that her name not be used for fear of reprisals.

    In Tripoli, residents said scores of soldiers deployed around the city in an attempt to bring back calm. The military also set up checkpoints, searched cars and asked people for identity cards.
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    BEIRUT (AP) — A Jordanian soldier was killed in clashes with armed militants trying to cross the border into Syria on Monday and sectarian clashes overnight in Lebanon left two dead as Syria's civil war spilled into neighboring countries.

    Jordanian Information Minister Sameeh Maaytah said the soldier was the first killed in violence related to Syria's civil war. He died in clashes with militants trying to illegally enter Syria to join rebels fighting President Bashar Assad's regime. Maaytah did not say whether the militants were Jordanians or foreign fighters trying to jump into the fray in the neighboring country.

    A number of foreign Islamists have been fighting in Syria alongside the rebels. Jordan's banned Salafi movement — which promotes an ultraconservative brand of Islam — has sent several fighters to Syria in past months and Jordanian border patrols have caught some of them recently.

    In Lebanon, troops launched a major security operation to open all roads and force gunmen off the streets, trying to contain an outburst of violence set off by the assassination of a top intelligence official who was a powerful opponent of Syria. Sectarian clashes overnight killed at least two people.

    Sporadic cracks of gunfire could be heard in the Lebanese capital as troops began the operation a day after the funeral for the slain official, Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan.

    Opponents of Syria have blamed the regime in Damascus for the al-Hassan's killing in a Beirut car bomb on Friday. With Lebanon already tense and deeply divided over the civil war next door, the assassination has threatened to drag the country back into the kind of sectarian strife that plagued it for decades — much of it linked to Syria.

    In the Lebanese capital, soldiers backed by armored personal carriers with heavy machine guns took up position on major thoroughfares and dismantled roadblocks. At times, troops exchanged gunfire with Sunni gunmen.

    Al-Hassan was a Sunni who challenged Syria and its powerful Lebanese ally, the Shiite militant group Hezbollah. The uprising in Syria is dominated by the Sunni majority fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, who like many in his regime is a member of the Alawite sect — an offshoot of Shiite Islam. Lebanon and Syria share similar sectarian divides that have fed tensions in both countries.

    Most of Lebanon's Sunnis have backed Syria's mainly Sunni rebels, while Lebanese Shiites tend to back Assad.

    The assassination has imperiled Lebanon's fragile political balance. Many politicians blamed Damascus for the killing and angry protesters tried to storm the government palace after al-Hassan's funeral on Sunday, venting their rage at leaders they consider puppets of a murderous Syrian regime. But were pushed back by troops who opened fire in the air and lobbed volleys of tear gas.

    Meanwhile, cease-fire efforts by U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi appeared to be faltering.

    Syria's state-run news agency SANA said Damascus supports the truce proposal, but would not commit to halting fire during a four-day Muslim holiday until Western countries and their Gulf allies stop supporting rebels and halt their weapons supplies to the anti-regime fighters.

    Brahimi met with Assad in Damascus on Sunday as part of his push for a cease-fire between rebels and government forces for the Eid al-Adha holiday, which begins Oct. 26. He told reporters following a closed-door meeting that he also had held talks earlier with opposition groups inside and outside the country and received "promises" but not a "commitment" from them to honor the cease-fire.

    SANA said Assad assured Brahimi that he supported his effort, but that any political solution to the conflict must be "based on the principle of halting terrorism, a commitment from the countries involved in supporting, arming and harboring terrorists in Syria to stop doing such acts."

    More than 33,000 people have been killed since the uprising started in March last year.

    Syrian authorities blame the revolt on a foreign conspiracy and accuse Saudi Arabia and Qatar, along with the U.S, other Western countries and Turkey, of funding, training and arming the rebels, whom they describe as "terrorists."
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    We have to be caeful as regards to the source of the news as there are a lot of people wanting to enter Syria - this may be another made up excuse

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    Well the surrounding countries eg Turks or Arabs like Saudis have encouraged this instability. What you sow you reap as they say

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    Lebanon security news

    The New York times reported that a powerful bomb devastated a Christian neighborhood of Lebanon’s capital on Friday October 19, 2012, killing an intelligence official long viewed as an enemy by neighboring Syria and unnerving as Syria’s sectarian-fueled civil war threatened to engulf the region.

    The blast which sheared off the face of buildings, killed at least eight people, wounded 80 and transformed a quiet tree-lined street in to a scene reminiscent of Lebanon’s long civil war. Within hours of the attack the Lebanese authorities said the dead included the intelligence chief of the country’s internal security service, Brig. Gen. Wissam Al-Hassan 47, spurring accusations that the Syrian government had assassinated him for recently uncovering what the authorities said was a Syrian plot to provoke unrest in Lebanon. They wanted to get him, and they got him, “said Paul Salem a regional analyst with the Carnegie Middle East Center.” [1]

    The Associated Press reported that the Friday blast was a reminder of Lebanon’s grim history, when the 1975-1990 Civil War made the country notorious for kidnappings, car bombs, and political assassinations. The associated Press went on to say that even the war’s end, Lebanon has been a proxy battleground for the regional conflicts, and the seaside capital has been a prey to sudden and often unexplained violence shattering periods of calm. As usual State Department spokes-woman Victoria Nuland condemned the bombing. She said the U.S. had no information about the perpetrators. Meanwhile, Syrian information minister Omran Al-Zouebi denounced the bombing, calling it a “terrorist and cowardly” attack. At the same time, Syria’s top ally in Lebanon the Shiite Hezbollah movement also condemned the attack expressing its “state of great shock over this terrible crime.” [2]

    Analysis

    As in every crime scene we need to first assess who the instigators might be, and who would benefit from these acts of violence. Should we just gather the usual suspects and bury the truth? Or should we expand our horizon and explore other possible suspects.

    Ironically and for decades, most of the sudden acts of violence in Lebanon have been committed by unknown hands and have gone unclaimed, leaving room for speculation and accusations, which is a convenient way to lay the blame on a specific person, group, party, sect, or country, resulting in the creation of a mistrustful and paranoid atmosphere that reinforces divisiveness.

    It is no secret that Lebanon’s relationship with Syria has been toxic for many years despite the proximity between the two countries and the political declarations by their politicians who pronounce them as two closely-knitted nations.

    Syria has been engulfed for the past year in an alleged civil unrest aiming at regime change just like in Egypt, Iraq, Libya and other neighboring Arab Countries under the guise of a revolutionary Arab spring financed by Western and Saudi money. These sham revolutions have been instigated, fueled, and staged by western powers and their proxies in the Middle East like the Israelis and the Saudis.

    The Western intelligence agencies in Syria as in Libya, Egypt, and Iraq have unleashed once again their mercenaries known otherwise as the Mujahedeen or Al Quaeda fighters who were once trained and financed by the Central Intelligence Agency, Mossad, and other Western Intelligence apparatus to fight Soviet Troops during the Soviet-Afghani war in the 1980s. These mercenaries have been moved from one hot spot to another to fuel and destabilize countries that are not fully aligned with US policies. The destabilization process usually begins with instigation, bribes to local politicians and peasants to create a fertile breeding ground for recruiting criminals who become well-paid resistance fighters. Subsequently, the undesirable regimes will buckle and their leaders are dethroned and assassinated. Meanwhile the US media is grooming and preparing the American public to accept and support another low intensity conflict in a far region of the earth. By the time they are done the public is fearful and fully behind their president to take down another evildoer that threatens American interest and sovereignty. Remember that you have to give a dog a bad name before you kill him. The media is always ready for this entertaining task that terrifies the proles and improves their ratings. You must also realize that people love pseudo-wars that are easily won, because they vicariously act out their instinctual aggression through these military exercises called wars by our politicians and the media.

    Mr. Obama doesn’t need another mini-war or a terror attack to win this coming election despite the multimillion dollar theatrics of a pseudo-democracy. His inept opponent was picked by the elite to ensure an easy win, because Mr. Obama has continued his predecessor’s policies and completely fulfilled what is expected of him despite the caustic rhetoric that get the proles excited. Therefore, and after the election is over, Syria, the poor country with no significant resources that borders Israel, an old Soviet client, and a current Russian ally will be fully embroiled in deeper violence that will eventually obliterate its secular regime that was once supported by the U.S., which will result in a total disintegration of that country into small, fanatic, allegedly independent, and homogeneous principalities bickering with each other and under the indirect control of the Israeli Zionist regime. The Western plan for the Middle East coincides with Yinon’s vision to redraw the region and the new re-mapping has to go through Syria.

    Lebanon and Iran will follow. Iran would be the toughest to divide because of its homogenous Shiite population, but the nuclear weapon card will be played to its fullest.

    Lebanon’s alleged past “Civil War” was a financed prototype for balkanizing countries, and a prospective model for the entire region and the world. Unfortunately, Lebanon that was once called the Switzerland of the Mediterranean will never have peace and will continue to have bloodshed until “Hezbollah” “God’s party” is totally disarmed and destroyed in order to ensure the security of Israel and the re-division of that country. The Israeli intelligence has been extremely active in Lebanon for years in a continuous effort to destabilize it, or to create incidents of provocation that will justify an invasion of the country or an assassination of powerful Lebanese political figures.

    Meanwhile, the great Colonial Western Powers will deem these financed and pre-planned conflicts in the Middle East as zealous, barbaric and uncivilized, which will give them high moral ground and the green light to justify and maintain their blood sucking strategy to impoverish these nations and send them back into the middle ages. Ironically, these western nations that claim sophistication and magnificence acquire their superpower through their innate and natural parasitic mechanism that allows them to forcibly or manipulatively attach themselves to any host country and suck the blood (oil, resources, gold, etc) out of it, then, slowly leave it to die. At the same time, these resource vampires arrogantly promulgate their new aristocracies on the graves of other nations, and proclaim grandeur and superiority by attributing it to their Christian love, morality, and democratic ideology.

    Finally, Lebanon will continue to bleed as the whole Middle East will continue to hemorrhage until every drop of oil and resource are totally depleted, and then and only then, the Near East where the dawn of Western Civilization began will be left alone to quietly perish.

    Notes

    1. Barnard, Anne (2012). Bomb kills 8 in Beirut. New York Times, October 20, 2012
    2. Mroue, Bassem (2012). Bombing renews fears. Associated press October 20, 2012

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    Latest Beirut Bombing Incident: “False Flag”?

    First impressions suggest another “who done it” incident. Similar ones occurred many times before. Guilty parties often get named later. Key always is cui bono?

    The mainstream media never explain what’s most important. Instead, headlines like “Blast in Beirut Is Seen as an Extension of Syria’s War” circulate.

    The New York Times said it “devastated a Christian neighborhood (Friday), killing an intelligence official long viewed as an enemy by neighboring Syria and unnerving a nation as Syria’s sectarian-fueled civil war spills beyond its borders and threatens to engulf the region.”

    Instead of explaining what’s likely going on, managed news misreporting like the above substitutes.

    Intelligence head of Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces, General Wissam al-Hasan, was killed. He appeared the likely target. He was the most high-profile death since former prime minister Rafiq Hariri’s 2005 assassination. More on him below, what’s really going on, and what’s at stake.

    At least seven others died. Information Minister Walid Daouk said 86 people were wounded. Buildings were heavily damaged.

    A follow-up Times report headlined “After Attack, Lebanese Opposition Calls for New Government,” saying:

    Opposition pro-Western March 14 alliance officials called for “the Hezbollah-led government to resign….intensifying fears that Syria’s ‘civil war’ could lead to a political crisis in Lebanon.”

    Again, dubious reporting substituted for explaining things correctly. Syria was invaded. Washington bears full responsibility. Fighting since winter 2011 reflects nothing civil. Saying so is false and misleading.

    Rafiq Hariri’s son Saad heads the pro-Western March 14 alliance. Hezbollah, the Amal Movement, the Free Patriotic Movement, Progressive Socialists, and other political groups comprise the March 8 alliance majority.

    Washington and Israel want March 14 extremists replacing it. Killing al-Hasan appears intended for that purpose. It also advances the ball for full-scale NATO intervention in Syria.

    The regional pot keeps boiling dangerously. The Western media add more heat. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius wants America openly involved in arming Free Syrian Army (FSA) death squads.

    Headlining “Rethinking Syria Policy,” he called for all-out US support. He played the jihadist terrorists/Syrian chemical weapons card threat.

    He spent time in Syria. He met with FSA commanders. They’re “solid military leaders,” he said. They need more guns and money, he added. Pile it on, he recommends.

    “The Free Syrian Army has a long shopping list.” He named enough to blow up half the country. Washington doesn’t “have to sign off on this whole war chest….” Just enough for greater conflict to topple Assad.

    Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) threw its own fuel on the fire. It pointed fingers the wrong way. It headlined “Syria, Iran, Hizbollah attack while US and Israel play (earlier planned) computerized war games,” saying:

    The East Beirut Ashrafiya district bombing “marked the brutal spillover of the Syrian bloodbath into a second Arab capital and the threat of its spread towards Israel.”

    Blaming Syria, Iran and Hezbollah is spurious. On October 20, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) headlined “Russia, Iran Condemn Beirut Terrorist Blast,” saying:

    Moscow’s Foreign Ministry said “Russia expresses solidarity with Lebanon and support to its sovereignty, territorial integrity and stability based on a Lebanese national dialogue.” It added:

    “What happened showed once again the importance of stopping the activities of destructive forces that are trying to drown the Middle East in chaos and sedition.”

    Iran’s Foreign Ministry also condemned the blast. It said “the Zionist entity is the beneficiary of instability in Lebanon.”

    On October 19, Press TV said Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told his Lebanese counterpart, Adnan Mansour, that “enemies seek to increase insecurity in the region and achieve their ill intentions.”

    Tehran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said “the attack aimed to sow discord among different currents and social classes in Lebanon.”

    Reuters quoted Syria’s Information Minister Omran Zoabi saying, “We condemn this terrorist explosion and all these explosions wherever they happen. Nothing justifies them.”

    DEBKAfile claimed General al-Hasan “uncovered a Syrian plot to destabilize Lebanon by a bombing campaign….” Pro-Assad politician and former information minister Michel Samaha was arrested “for complicity in the plot.”

    “The Syrian bloodbath is spreading more malignantly than ever with solid Iranian and Hizballah support and Tehran is closer than ever to realizing its nuclear aspirations.”

    All of the above doesn’t wash. More spurious accusations followed. DF often reports inaccurately. This account was one of its worst. It was straight out of Mossad’s propaganda playbook. Charges were laughable on their face.

    Syria, Iran and Hezbollah have everything to lose and nothing to gain from Friday’s blast. Israel, Washington, key NATO partners, and regional allies benefit greatly from further instability and conflict.

    Killing al-Hasan looks very much like Hariri 2.0. Compelling visual and audio evidence identified Israel as likely responsible. Real time intercepted Israeli aerial surveillance footage showed routes Hariri took on the day his motorcade was attacked. That and more pointed fingers the right way.

    Initially, Syria was falsely blamed. Hezbollah was then wrongfully accused. The assassination was typical Mossad. Killing al-Hasan looks like its latest false flag.

    Press TV interviewed political analyst Ralph Schoenman. He said:

    “As 1992 to today in the day bombing of Beirut the identical scenario, who benefits from attempting to divide Lebanon and spread the turmoil, who benefits destabilizing the government in Damascus, who states to destabilize Beirut and subject Lebanon to civil war, the Zionist regime (Israel), the Mossad. It is a classical operation of Mossad.”

    It’s hard disagreeing. Mossad’s entire history reflects targeted killings, false flags, and other destabilizing acts. CIA elements operate the same way.

    Take nothing about these incidents at face value. Look deeper for more likely explanations than what media scoundrels and other dubious sources provide.

    Washington and key allies want the last independent Arab nations destabilized, toppled, and reinvented into pro-Western ones. Ousting Assad and Hezbollah are key objectives. So is isolating Iran ahead of focusing full attention on regime change in Tehran by any means including war.

    The Levant is in serious crisis. Tinderbox best describes things. Aggressors are playing with fire. Everyone may end up burned. Regional war is overreach. It assures losers, not winners.

    Drawing a red line on Syria is top priority. It’s up to Russia, China and other anti-war nations to make clear they’ll tolerate no more.

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    The War on Lebanon and the Battle for Oil

    Author’s Note

    Recent developments in Syria and Lebanon point to military escalation, namely the evolution towards a broader regional war, which has been on the drawing board of the Pentagon since 2004.

    The borders of Syria and Lebanon are surrounded. British and US troops are stationed in Jordan, The Turkish High Command in liaison with NATO is providing military support to the Free Syrian Army. Allied naval forces are deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean.


    According to a recent report of the Israeli Intelligence News Service Debka:

    “US troops sent to the Jordan-Syria border are helping build a headquarters in Jordan to bolster its military capabilities in case violence spills over from Syria, suggesting deepening US military intervention in the Syrian conflict.”

    The deployment of allied troops on Syria’s southern border is coordinated with actions taken by Turkey and its allies on Syria’s Northern border.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has demanded the support of NATO against Syria under the doctrine of collective security.“We will do what needs to be done if our border is violated again,” he told reporters on October 13.

    Foreign Minister Davutoglu pointed to the alleged violation of Turkey’s border by Syria as a violation of NATO’s borders. Under Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, an attack on one member state of the Atlantic Alliance is considered as an attack against all NATO member states.

    “In this context, we expect the support of our allies” said Foreign Minister Davutoglu, intimating that both Germany and other member states of the Atlantic Alliance should act to defend” Turkey under the doctrine of Collective Security:

    “if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence … will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area… (See full text of Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, April 1949)

    Moreover, the actions of Israel and Turkey are coordinated in the context of a 30 year old military alliance directed against Syria. Under this bilateral agreement Turkey and Israel agree “to cooperate in gathering intelligence” on Syria and Iran.

    During the Clinton Administration, a triangular military alliance between the US, Israel and Turkey had unfolded. This “triple alliance”, which is overseen by the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, integrates and coordinates military command decisions between Washington, Ankara, Tel Aviv and NATO headquarters in Brussels pertaining to the broader Middle East.

    The triple alliance is also coupled with a 2005 NATO-Israeli military cooperation agreement under which Israel has become a de facto member of the Atlantic alliance. These military cooperation ties with NATO are viewed by the Israeli military as a means to “enhance Israel’s deterrence capability regarding potential enemies threatening it, mainly Iran and Syria.”


    The Latest Beirut Bomb

    The bomb attack which devastated a Christian neighborhood in Beirut on October 19, resulted in 8 deaths and more than 80 wounding.


    Within hours of the attack, the Western media as well as the US State Department intimated, without a shred of evidence, that Damascus was behind the bombings and the death of Lebanon’s internal security service, Brig. Gen. Wissam Al-Hassan.

    Following these reports, the Syrian government was accused of have ordered the “political assassination”of Wisssam Al Hassan, who is described as part of the “anti-Syrian” Saad Hariri faction. “They wanted to get him, and they got him, “ said Paul Salem a regional analyst with the Carnegie Middle East Center.”

    While there is no evidence of the Syrian government’s involvement in this attack, several observers have pointed to the fact that the bombing on the Christian neighbourhood in Beirut bears a resemblance to those carried out by the “opposition” Free Syrian Army (SFA) in Syria’s Christian communities.

    The October 19 Beirut bombing has the hallmarks of a false flag attack, a provocation intended to trigger sectarian warfare within Lebanon, as well as destabilize the March 8 coalition government which has the support of part of the Christian community.

    The objective is to force the resignation of the March 8 coalition government.

    On October 21, two days after the Beirut attack, Israel and the US initiated large scale war games which simulate “an Iranian, Syrian and/or Hizballah missile attack on Israel.”

    US troops are now deployed in Israel and Jordan. British special forces have been dispatched to Jordan.


    The 2006 War on Lebanon

    The historical background of these recent events should be understood. In 2006, Lebanon was bombed by the Israeli Air Force. Israeli troops crossed the border and were repealed by Hezbollah forces.

    The 2006 war on Lebanon was part of a carefully planned and coordinated military road map. The extension of the 2006 war on Lebanon into Syria had been contemplated by US and Israeli military planners.


    This broader 2006 military agenda was intimately related to strategic oil and oil pipelines. It was supported by the Western oil giants which control the pipeline corridors.

    One of the military objectives formulated in 2006 was to for Israeli to gain control over the Lebanese and Syrian Eastern Mediterranean coastline, namely to establish a coastal corridor extending from Northern Israel to Southern Turkey.


    The following text written in 2006 at the height of the Lebanon 2006 war examines the geopolitics of energy and oil and and gas pipeline corridors through Lebanon and Syria

    Another important strategic objective for Israel is the control over offshore gas reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean, including those Gaza, Lebanon and Syria. These coastal gas reserves extend from Israel’s border with Egyptian to the Turkish border.

    Michel Chossudovsky, October 21, 2012

    __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ _________________________


    The War on Lebanon and the Battle for Oil
    by Michel Chossudovsky
    Global Research, July 26, 2006

    Is there a relationship between the bombing of Lebanon and the inauguration of the World’s largest strategic pipeline, which will channel more than a million barrels of oil a day to Western markets?

    Virtually unnoticed, the inauguration of the Ceyhan-Tblisi-Baku (BTC) oil pipeline, which links the Caspian sea to the Eastern Mediterranean, took place on the 13th of July, at the very outset of the Israeli sponsored bombings of Lebanon.

    One day before the Israeli air strikes, the main partners and shareholders of the BTC pipeline project, including several heads of State and oil company executives were in attendance at the port of Ceyhan. They were then rushed off for an inauguration reception in Istanbul, hosted by Turkey’s President Ahmet Necdet Sezer in the plush surroundings of the Çýraðan Palace.

    Also in attendance was British Petroleum’s (BP) CEO, Lord Browne together with senior government officials from Britain, the US and Israel. BP leads the BTC pipeline consortium. Other major Western shareholders include Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, France’s Total and Italy’s ENI. (see Annex)

    Israel’s Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Binyamin Ben-Eliezer was present at the venue together with a delegation of top Israeli oil officials.

    The BTC pipeline totally bypasses the territory of the Russian Federation. It transits through the former Soviet republics of Azerbaijan and Georgia, both of which have become US “protectorates”, firmly integrated into a military alliance with the US and NATO. Moreover, both Azerbaijan and Georgia have longstanding military cooperation agreements with Israel.

    Israel has a stake in the Azeri oil fields, from which it imports some twenty percent of its oil. The opening of the pipeline will substantially enhance Israeli oil imports from the Caspian sea basin.

    But there is another dimension which directly relates to the war on Lebanon. Whereas Russia has been weakened, Israel is slated to play a major strategic role in “protecting” the Eastern Mediterranean transport and pipeline corridors out of Ceyhan.

    Militarization of the Eastern Mediterranean

    The bombing of Lebanon is part of a carefully planned and coordinated military road map. The extension of the war into Syria and Iran has already been contemplated by US and Israeli military planners. This broader military agenda is intimately related to strategic oil and oil pipelines. It is supported by the Western oil giants which control the pipeline corridors. In the context of the war on Lebanon, it seeks Israeli territorial control over the East Mediterranean coastline.

    In this context, the BTC pipeline dominated by British Petroleum, has dramatically changed the geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean, which is now linked , through an energy corridor, to the Caspian sea basin:

    ”[The BTC pipeline] considerably changes the status of the region’s countries and cements a new pro-West alliance. Having taken the pipeline to the Mediterranean, Washington has practically set up a new bloc with Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and Israel, ” (Komerzant, Moscow, 14 July 2006)

    Israel is now part of the Anglo-American military axis, which serves the interests of the Western oil giants in the Middle East and Central Asia.

    While the official reports state that the BTC pipeline will “channel oil to Western markets”, what is rarely acknowledged is that part of the oil from the Caspian sea would be directly channeled towards Israel. In this regard, an underwater Israeli-Turkish pipeline project has been envisaged which would link Ceyhan to the Israeli port of Ashkelon and from there through Israel’s main pipeline system, to the Red Sea.

    The objective of Israel is not only to acquire Caspian sea oil for its own consumption needs but also to play a key role in re-exporting Caspian sea oil back to the Asian markets through the Red Sea port of Eilat. The strategic implications of this re-routing of Caspian sea oil are farreaching.

    What is envisaged is to link the BTC pipeline to the Trans-Israel Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline, also known as Israel’s Tipline, from Ceyhan to the Israeli port of Ashkelon. In April 2006, Israel and Turkey announced plans for four underwater pipelines, which would bypass Syrian and Lebanese territory.

    “Turkey and Israel are negotiating the construction of a multi-million-dollar energy and water project that will transport water, electricity, natural gas and oil by pipelines to Israel, with the oil to be sent onward from Israel to the Far East,

    The new Turkish-Israeli proposal under discussion would see the transfer of water, electricity, natural gas and oil to Israel via four underwater pipelines.

    Israel News | Online Israeli News Covering Israel & The Jewish World - JPost



    “Baku oil can be transported to Ashkelon via this new pipeline and to India and the Far East.[via the Red sea]“

    “Ceyhan and the Mediterranean port of Ashkelon are situated only 400 km apart. Oil can be transported to the city in tankers or via specially constructed under-water pipeline. From Ashkelon the oil can be pumped through already existing pipeline to the port of Eilat at the Red Sea; and from there it can be transported to India and other Asian countries in tankers. (REGNUM )

    Water for Israel

    Also involved in this project is a pipeline to bring water to Israel, pumping water from upstream resources of the Tigris and Euphrates river system in Anatolia. This has been a long-run strategic objective of Israel to the detriment of Syria and Iraq. Israel’s agenda with regard to water is supported by the military cooperation agreement between Tel Aviv and Ankara.

    The Strategic Re-routing of Central Asian Oil

    Diverting Central Asian oil and gas to the Eastern Mediterranean (under Israeli military protection), for re-export back to Asia, serves to undermine the inter-Asian energy market, which is based on the development of direct pipeline corridors linking Central Asia and Russia to South Asia, China and the Far East.

    Ultimately, this design is intended to weaken Russia’s role in Central Asia and cut off China from Central Asian oil resources. It is also intended to isolate Iran.

    Meanwhile, Israel has emerged as a new powerful player in the global energy market.

    Russia’s Military Presence in the Middle East

    Meanwhile, Moscow has responded to the US-Israeli-Turkish design to militarize the East Mediterranean coastline with plans to establish a Russian naval base in the Syrian port of Tartus:

    “Defense Ministry sources point out that a naval base in Tartus will enable Russia to solidify its positions in the Middle East and ensure security of Syria. Moscow intends to deploy an air defense system around the base – to provide air cover for the base itself and a substantial part of Syrian territory. (S-300PMU-2 Favorit systems will not be turned over to the Syrians. They will be manned and serviced by Russian personnel.)

    (Kommerzant, 2 June 2006)

    Tartus is strategically located within 30 km. of the Lebanese border.

    Moreover, Moscow and Damascus have reached an agreement on the modernization of Syria’s air defenses as well as a program in support to its ground forces, the modernization of its MIG-29 fighters as well as its submarines. (Kommerzant, 2 June 2006). In the context of an escalating conflict, these developments have farreaching implications.

    War and Oil Pipelines

    Prior to the bombing of Lebanon, Israel and Turkey had announced the underwater pipeline routes, which bypassed Syria and Lebanon. These underwater pipeline routes do not overtly encroach on the territorial sovereignty of Lebanon and Syria.

    On the other hand, the development of alternative land based corridors (for oil and water) through Lebanon and Syria would require Israeli-Turkish territorial control over the Eastern Mediterranean coastline through Lebanon and Syria.

    The implementation of a land-based corridor, as opposed to the underwater pipeline project, would require the militarisation of the East Mediterranean coastline, extending from the port of Ceyhan across Syria and Lebanon to the Lebanese-Israeli border.

    Is this not one of the hidden objectives of the war on Lebanon? Open up a space which enables Israel to control a vast territory extending from the Lebanese border through Syria to Turkey.

    It is worth noting that the US War Academy had already contemplated the formation of a “Greater Lebanon” which would extend along the coastline from Israel to Turkey. In this scenario, the entire Syrian coastline would be annexed to an Anglo-American Israeli protectorate.(See Map of The New Middle East below).


    Israeli Prime minister Ehud Olmert has stated that the Israeli offensive against Lebanon would “last a very long time”. Meanwhile, the US has speeded up weapons shipments to Israel.

    There are strategic objectives underlying the “Long War” which are tied to oil and oil pipelines.

    The air campaign against Lebanon is inextricably related to US-Israeli strategic objectives in the broader Middle East including Syria and Iran. In recent developments, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice stated that the main purpose of her mission to the Middle East was not to push for a ceasefire in Lebanon, but rather to isolate Syria and Iran. (Daily Telegraph, 22 July 2006)

    At this particular juncture, the replenishing of Israeli stockpiles of US produced WMDs points to an escalation of the war both within and beyond the borders of Lebanon.

    Michel Chossudovsky is the author of the international best seller “The Globalization of Poverty ” published in eleven languages. He is Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Center for Research on Globalization, at Global Research . He is also a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His most recent book is entitled: America’s “War on Terrorism”, Global Research, 2005. To order Chossudovsky’s book America’s “War on Terrorism”, click here.


    __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ _______________________________________

    Related article on Lebanon:

    “Triple Alliance”: The US, Turkey, Israel and the War on Lebanon, by Michel Chossudovsky – 2006-08-06

    Revised, 28 July 2006.

    Annex

    The BTC Co. shareholders are: BP (30.1%); AzBTC (25.00%); Chevron (8.90%); Statoil (8.71%); TPAO (6.53%); Eni (5.00%); Total (5.00%), Itochu (3.40%); INPEX (2.50%), ConocoPhillips (2.50%) and Amerada Hess (2.36%). (source BP)





    © Map by Eric Waddell, Global Research, 2003. (click to enlarge)

    MAP OF THE NEW MIDDLE EAST




    Map: click to enlarge

    Note: The following map was prepared by Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters. It was published in the Armed Forces Journal in June 2006, Peters is a retired colonel of the U.S. National War Academy. (Map Copyright Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters 2006).

    Although the map does not officially reflect Pentagon doctrine, it has been used in a training program at NATO’s Defense College for senior military officers. This map, as well as other similar maps, has most probably been used at the National War Academy as well as in military planning circles.

    For details on th Campaign against the pipeline see Baku Ceyhan Campaign

    See related articles:

    The Militarisation of the Eastern Mediterranean: Israel’s Stake in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline

    - by Michel Chossudovsky

    Planned US-Israeli Attack on Iran, by Michel Chossudovsky

    Is Israel running out of Bombs? New Deliveries of WMD “Made in America” The Replenishing of Israeli WMD stockpiles points to escalation both within and beyond the borders of Lebanon, by Michel Chossudovsky

    The War on Lebanon and the Battle for Oil | Global Research

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    This whole destabilisation of Syria Lebanon is a process created by the west as a cover to steal resources from developing countries

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    Another registered hotspot for wargames to commence.

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    Mossad behind latest Beirut bombing

    On October 19, Israeli Mossad car bombing killed Lebanese internal security chief Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan near Sassine Square in Beirut’s predominantly Christian district of Ashrafiya. Wissam al-Hassan, a close Sunni ally of President Michel Sulaiman, had recently earthed an Israeli spy cell in Lebanon. The deadly blast killed 8 people and injured another 78, mostly Lebanese Christians.

    American Jewish film-maker, political commentator and former personal secretary of Bertrand Russell, Ralph Schoeman 77, told Iranian Press TV that the bombing has all marks of Israeli Mossad.

    “As 1992 to today in the day bombing of Beirut the identical scenario, who benefits from attempting to divide Lebanon and spread the turmoil, who benefits destabilizing the government in Damascus, who states to destabilize Beirut and subject Lebanon to civil war, the Zionist regime, the Mossad. It is a classical operation of Mossad,” he said.

    Lebanese Islamic Resistance, Hizballah, has condemned the bombing. The pro-USrael opposition group March 14 lead by Sa’ad Hariri called for the resignation of Lebanese prime minister Najib Mikati, which he did – but Lebanese president Michel Sulaiman refused to accept it saying that Mikati cannot be blamed for the security breach. Both Hariri and Mikati are Sunni billionaires and are not connected to Hizballah in any way. Hizballah is member of the ruling March 8 Alliance.

    It seems, the Zionist regime is playing its old covert operations to pit Lebanese against each other. It carried a similar car bombing to assassinate Rafik Hariri in February 2005. It was part of Israeli soft revolution before its invasion of Lebanon in Summer 2006. However, to western powers’ great surprise – the Jewish army met its first major military defeat at the hands of Hizballah fighters.

    Israel and western Arab puppet rulers are trying to influence the June 2013 parliamentary election by the western-sponsored armed insurgency in neighboring Syria. In March 2012, United Nations’ envoy for the Middle East, Israel-Firster Jew Jeffrey Feltman told pro-Israel-Saudi, ‘Lebanese American Organization’ that Hizballah and its allies will be defeated in June 2013 election.

    However, the recent Hizballah’s successful launching of a spy drone over Israel proves that the Jewish army is to face worse surprises than it faced in 2006.


    Mossad behind latest Beirut bombing | Rehmat's World

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    The United Nations needs to declare Israel a rogue state.
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    Iran denounces Beirut bombing, points finger at Israel

    Iranian Foreign Ministry says attack that killed top Lebanese intel official was aimed at aim of ‘sowing dissension,’ adding ‘Zionist regime Lebanon’s worst enemy.’

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    Iran on Saturday condemned a car bomb attack in Beirut that killed a prominent Lebanese intelligence official on Friday and suggested that Israel was to blame.

    A senior Israeli official dismissed the suggestion as “beyond pathetic.”

    The slain Lebanese official, Brigadier-General Wissam al-Hassan, was close to several Lebanese politicians who back the uprising in Syria and led several investigations into Syrian meddling in Lebanese affairs, including one that implicated Damascus and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah in the assassination of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri in 2005.

    Iran is Syria’s most powerful regional ally.

    “This action was taken with the aim of sowing dissension among different currents and segments of the Lebanese people and was conducted by an element who has never had in mind the interests of the Lebanese people and government and who only strives for its own impure interests and goals,” said a statement posted on the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s website.

    “Without a doubt the main enemy of the people of Lebanon and the region is the Zionist regime (Israel), which benefits from insecurity and instability in the region,” ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said, according to the statement.

    It offered no evidence for the suggestion of Israeli involvement.

    Asked about Mehmanparast’s remarks, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said: “After the Iranian regime accused Israel of even the bad weather conditions prevailing in Iran, is there anything at all that they would not automatically blame on Israel? This is beyond pathetic. It’s pathological.”

    The Syrian government and Hezbollah condemned the bombing.

    Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, whose government includes ministers from Hezbollah, said his government was trying to identify the perpetrators and they would be punished.

    Iran’s Mehmanparast was quoted as calling for Lebanese national unity in the aftermath of the attack.
    Hariri’s son, Saad al-Hariri, accused Assad of being behind the bombing while March 14, a anti-Assad Lebanese political bloc, called Hassan “one of the martyrs of the independence uprising (against Syria)”, adding that it was “a crime signed by Bashar Assad’s regime, his regional allies and local tools”.

    The March 14 bloc called on Mikati’s government to resign.

    Speaking shortly after the bombing, Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour told Reuters that his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi had condemned the bombing and planned to visit Beirut on Saturday.
    Iran has been a stalwart ally of Assad as he fights a 19-month-old uprising, counting his government and Hezbollah as part of an “axis of resistance” against Western and Israeli influence in the region.

    Lebanon’s religious communities are divided between those supporting Assad and those backing the Syrian rebels, leaving it vulnerable to spillover from the Syrian bloodshed.

    Iran denounces Beirut bombing, points finger at Israel « The Ugly Truth

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    To me its blatantly obvious why this act was fixed and created to create disharmony

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    I think the conflict in Lebanon has to do more with its strategic location (bordering Israel) than anything else. Syria had been arming Hezbollah in Lebanon against Israel, & the US wants to make sure that Israel is safe. Which is why they wanted to bring the Arab Spring in Egypt, even though Mubarak was more progressive than the Muslim Brotherhood, to secure the border with Israel.

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    A nice article Mustafa - thanks for sharing

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    A senior commander in Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard killed in Lebanon

    TEHRAN, Iran - An Iranian independent news website is reporting that a senior commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard has been killed in Lebanon

    The website — mashreghnews.ir — says Gen. Hassan Shateri was killed by "mercenaries of the Zionist regime," but provided no details about his death.

    Shateri led Guard forces in Lebanon and oversaw Iranian-financed reconstruction projects there.

    Iran is a close ally of Syria and the militant group called Hezbollah, which is a powerful player in Lebanon. Tehran provides political and military support to both.

    Gen. Ghasem Soleimani, the head of the Guard's Quds Force, visited Shateri's family to express his condolences.

    The Quds Force oversees external operations of the Guard throughout the world.

    Shateri's funeral will be held on Thursday.

    A senior commander in Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard reportedly killed in Lebanon | StarTribune.com

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    Re: A senior commander in Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard killed in Lebanon

    Rest in peace... we will catch those terrorists, we promise

    He was head of construction projects in Syria,Lebanon

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