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    • r cummings
    • 13.01.11 | 12:28 (IST)

    Testimony submitted to the UN tribunal by Lebanese ex-pats, implicating Syria/Hezbollah in the assassination, has since been discredited and is regarded as unsafe in legal terms. The tribunal chairman has been changed and there is a political argument about the false evidence. Hezbollah wants it investigated and the authors brought to justice, the US is dragging its heels and using Saudi and Syria to try to sweep it under the carpet. It is strangely similar to the false claim of WMDs by Iraqi ex-pats, which encouraged the invasion of Iraq. As to Hezbollah taking over the country with Islamic this-and-that consequences being mouthed, it doesn't stack up: the Shia are under 40% of the population and their vote is split between Hez and Amal. They are just one strand of Lebanese politics. The fact that they are participating in parliament and even in the government shows that the situation on the ground is not as dire as the US and Israel keep telling us, with their constant drumbeat about 'terrorists'.

    from the article: Hezbollah exit from Lebanon government carefully planned
    First published 00:46 13.01.11 | Last updated 00:46 13.01.11
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