Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Imad Mughnieh Dead in Blast

Reuters: Here ..and Andrew Exum has this to say on MESH, here
"... For researchers such as myself, Mughniyah was of great interest because he represented a constant figure in Hezbollah throughout its evolution from an Iranian-backed Lebanese militia in the 1980s to a nationalist insurgent group in the 1990s and finally to its current incarnation as the most powerful political party in Lebanon—both in terms of weapons and popular support.
The timing of the assassination, from the perspective of Lebanese of all political stripes, could not have been worse. Tomorrow, after all, is the anniversary of the assassination of a great figure on the other side of Lebanon’s current political divide, former prime minister Rafik Hariri. One hopes that calm heads will prevail and that any ostentatious rallies in Hariri’s honor are postponed. At last year’s mass rally, ugly sectarian chants broke out, and surely given Beirut’s current tension, such chants could easily devolve into open violence.
This past week, Lebanon’s leaders once again irresponsibly postponed the election of a new president. So the assassination of Imad Mughniyah has taken place within a political environment that is, still, on a razor’s edge. If this year’s assassination and the memory of another lead Lebanon down a short path to civil war, Lebanon’s sectarian leaders will have only themselves to blame."



Anonymous said...

If and when they get Bin Laden who gets to be the US bogey man now?

Interesting side note. For all their hate of "the terrorist Hezbollah" isn't it odd that none of the leadership is listed in the FBI's "most wanted terrorists" list?

Anonymous said...

Bad Scenario: Syrian intelligence is infiltrated.
Worse Scenario: Syria Did It!