A curious “debate” is growing rapidly among a number of Western-based analysts about the “impossibility” of the existence of Syrian Jihadi-Salafist links. More particularly, some analysts went to the extent of describing the existence of links between the Syrian Mukhabarat and the group Fatah al Islam operating in North Lebanon as “hazy.”
Ironically this mounting trend meets the current Syrian diplomatic and media campaign halfway, as Damascus is deploying extensive efforts to deny “any link whatsoever” with Fatah al Islam. In fact, Assad shut down the passage points in northern Lebanon just a few hours after the Jihadists began slaughtering the Lebanese soldiers. Interestingly enough Syria has not closed entry checkpoints to Lebanon since 1976, even though Tripoli’s skies were burning during many battles between militias and factions.
Was Assad too fast in denying his backing of Fatah al Islam, as with his instant denial of his regime’s role in the Hariri assassination?
We’ll come back to this matter later. But first let me examine the arguments in the claim stating that Fatah al Islam is al Qaeda, and therefore it cannot be backed by the Syrian regime.
Intelligence and Counterterrorism experts are familiar with the weapon known as “intox” from the root word intoxication. It is a form of deception used by powers throughout history and developed as a special skill by the Soviet KGB during the Cold war. Later on various Jihadi networks, both Iranian and Salafist, have improved this method via the use of Khid’a (deception) and the historically rooted concept of Taqiya (dissimulation tactic).
The bottom line is that regimes and organizations, Islamist and ultra-nationalists (i.e. not sanctioned by domestic checks and balances) can use all deceptions possible and don’t have to be transparent. In the War on Terror or the Terror War against Democracies, do not expect — naively — these radicals to tell you the real story. Hence do not expect either the Syrian regime to declare that it is supporting Fatah al Islam at this point, or expect the latter to declare that they are coordinating with Damascus as they are announcing they have pledged to al Qaeda. Reading short of this complex reality would only mean that you have been the victim of “intox,” the enemy’s Khid’a at its best.
Read also “Syria’s Useful Idiots: Why so many commentators denying the obvious about Lebanon?” an article who has also been pointed out by Fausta:
At the moment, it is clear that Syria hasn’t stopped meddling in Lebanon’s internal affairs. The Security Council only created its tribunal after efforts to establish a similar tribunal within Lebanon were stymied by Syrian allies. Indeed, to understand what is at stake in the Lebanese crisis today, flip through the report released last April by the U.N. commission investigating the Hariri assassination.
The commission, led by Belgian prosecutor Serge Brammertz, now assumes that Hariri’s assassination was tied to his political activities, particularly his preparations for the summer 2005 legislative elections. This sets up a key passage in the report: “A working hypothesis is that the initial decision to kill Hariri was taken before the later attempts at rapprochement got underway and most likely before early January 2005. This leads to a possible situation in the last weeks before his murder in which two tracks, not necessarily linked, were running in parallel. On one track, Hariri was engaged in rapprochement initiatives and on the other, preparations for his assassination were underway.”
At the same moment, Blacksmiths of Lebanon reports that a new terrorist cell has been broken up:
Sources in Lebanon have revealed that State Security agents have broken up a terrorist cell near the town of Zahleh. According to some sources the cell was made up of three fundamentalist Sunni individuals, according to all sources, they were in possession of large quantities of weapons and explosives. The suspects are now being interrogated.
Zahleh is a predominantly Christian town in the country’s Bekaa valley. It is only a few minutes’ drive from the Syrian border and the main highway to Damascus, while also lying just to the south of the city of Baalbek (where a truck carrying weapons was intercepted late last night – see below for details).
Read it all:
Palestinian gunmen of Ansar Allah in the refugee camp of Ein el-Hilweh, Lebanon on Tuesday, June 5, 2007.
(AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)
We must also take into account the Iranian connection:
Iran often praises the Palestinians for what it says is their resistance against Israeli occupation. Tehran also described the war last summer between Hezbollah in Lebanon and Israel as a victory for the Iranian-backed group.
Hmm, are they doing something also in Lebanon now?
“while the Islamic Republic was the fruit of Shia teachings, the political system goes beyond any sectarian identity and that is why the Sunni Muslims of Palestine and the Shia Muslims of Lebanon have both pinned their hope on the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Violent clashes between the Lebanese government and al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists in Palestinian refugee camps have left many civilians dead in Lebanon. But the mainstream media has been relatively silent about this fierce Arab/Arab violence compared to the fuss made whenever Israel or the West is involved. The Squad discusses why this is so, what’s behind the battles, and whether Vladimir Putin means what he says when he threatens to point his nuclear weapons at Europe.
Christian Science Monitor writes about a family’s allegiance to Hizbullah and how the 9 sons (out of a total of 13) are raised as fighters. Hmm, no they are raised as terrorists:
“Naturally, we love the resistance,” says one son. “We predicted there would be a war, and always our salvation was Hizbullah. We count on them to save us; since childhood it is in our minds.”
But he didn’t join the Hizbullah fighters like his other brothers. And he had a hard time convincing his father – before his death – that he should avoid the front and help with food and evacuating the women. The father wanted all five sons to join the war.
[…] “As long as there is an enemy, the idea of martyrdom is there, like Imam Hussein,” says the older one.
That enemy has been Israel and the proxy South Lebanon Army (SLA) militia that it created during its 18-year occupation of south Lebanon that ended in 2000. One brother from this family and a cousin were forced to join the SLA. The brother was taken away as a recruit in 1993 by the SLA directly from high school where he was taking an exam to enter college. In less than a month he escaped: angry and ready to join Hizbullah.
“They became Hizbullah in their blood,” says one sister. “Every human loves freedom, and the freedom has come through Hizbullah.”
[…] The family matriarch laughs when asked if her aim has been to raise martyrs. But her daughter replies, “Of course I would feel proud to marry and have children, if they die for their village, their family, their beliefs; I would feel proud.”
How on earth they can back people who back Hizbullah? This must be another case of “Syria’s Useful idiots” we talked before.
It is worth mentioning in this context that the Syrian intelligence militia, camouflaged under the name of “Fatah al-Islam,” was behind the bus bombing crime in the town of Ain Alaq in the North Meten Lebanese region that killed innocent Lebanese civilians this past February.
The LCCC holds the Syrian regime and the Lebanese opposition in all its factions fully responsible for the bloody clashes and demands the Lebanese and international judiciary prosecute its leadership for the attacks it has committed on the legitimacy of the Lebanese State, obstructing the operation of its constitutional institutions, creating a state of security anarchy, undermining the Lebanese economy and impoverishing the Lebanese people and pushing them to emigrate
- Lebanon vs. Al-Qaeda-Fatah al Islam.
- Lebanon vs Al-Qaeda-Fatah al Islam (II).
- As UN approves the creation of a special tribunal to try suspects, Hezbulah and Syria take positions.
- Lebanon keeps up siege on militants in Palestinian camp.