Monday, January 17, 2011

Troubled History of the Hariri Probe

By Robert Parry
January 17, 2011

A United Nations-backed tribunal, which has conducted a long and troubled investigation into the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, issued a sealed indictment on Monday amid expectations that members of Hezbollah will be blamed.

Read on.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for covering this story, Bob.

We, too, were skeptical, though we didn't have the resources to analyze the story in great depth. I think that people need to realize that every time that we make a false accusation, it weakens our national credibility, and therefore our power. The New York Times has managed to almost completely destroy its own credibility through the Judith Miller stories, and actions like signing on to the questionable Mehlis report have done nothing to restore it.


Frank said...

How about a UN tribunal investigation of the nuclear scientists being murdered in Iran? I expect the New York Times and the
rest of the Israelophile US media would be decidedly unenthusiastic about such an undertaking.

Anonymous said...

Robert Parry writes that, 'Hezbollah was a rival and Hariri had other powerful enemies'. Hezbollah was neither a rival, as Hariri understood that he could not compete in their Shia constituency, and much less so a 'powerful enemy'. In fact, Hariri was a staunch defender of Hezbollah and insisted it was a legitimate national resistance movemnt, as can be seen during his interview by Tim Sebastian of BBC's 'Hardtalk', (Nov 2001) in which Tim Sebastaian tries to bully Hariri to admit Hezbollah is a terrorist organization because the US gov't deems it so. Hezbollah had no motive in killing Hariri. Hariri was a consensus builder in Lebanon, which is what ended the civil war. Hezbollah was fully onboard helping to build that consensus.