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16 June 2006

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Charlie Green

Col Lang said:
My immediate reaction on the 14th of February, 2005 was that the Syrian government must have had something to do with this crime.

My immediate reaction was that Mossad had pulled off a good one. What did Hariri have to gain from this? Nothing. But who did have something to gain? Isreal and the WH. Follow the money (or influence).

W. Patrick Lang

Bogus

He was in the bag for the WH and the Jacobins.

They were re-cycling him to be the "right" PM after the election that was coming. His new found status as a "reform" guy was part of the re-cycling. pl

ckrantz

There was alot of talk how the car bomb may have been partly intended to cover up a corruption and bank fraud scandal a while back if I remeber correctly. Hundreds of millions of dollars was supposed to have been siphoned of to top Syrian and Lebanese officials from the Bank al-Madina all of which Hariri intended to blow the lid of in an attack on the syrian-lebanse establisment. Rustom Ghazali, the head of Syrian military intelligence in Beirut was one of the main people involved I belive. Corruption and greed always seem more likely as a motive for the car bomb.

b

Hariri made a lot of money in Lebanon. He and his folks did buy half of Beirut when it was cheap and made the state pay His own company to rebuild their properties.

Lebanon debt is at some 170% of GDP. Hariri made billions. For sure there are many people who didn´t like this to repeat.

"The Company for the Development and Reconstruction of Beirut's Central District (commonly known by its French acronym Solidère), in which Hariri is the primary shareholder, expropriated most property in the central business district of Beirut, compensating each owner with shares in the company (which, in some cases, were worth as little as 15% of the property's value). That Hariri and his business associates profited immensely from this project was an open secret."

http://www.meib.org/articles/0107_ld1.htm

A robber baron who made too many enimies.

j

Col. Lang wrote: "My reason was simple. I didn't thing this could be 'pulled off' in Beirut under virtual Syrian occupation without their foreknowledge."

My immediate - and ongoing - reaction was also simple. I didn't think Hariri could have been assassinated without the foreknowledge of the two best intelligence agencies in the world. How else would they know "instantly" who to blame?

W. Patrick Lang

j

You give them far too much credit. pl

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