Friday, September 23, 2005

Next Up on the Auction Block

Under the category of "What will they think of next????" we find this little morsel:

Someone with entirely too much time on their hands has decided to sell their morals.....

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Investigations Abound

From Cnn: Assad said Syria is prepared to give Mehlis everything he needs but warned against using the probe for political purposes -- a clear hint at the possibility of implicating Syria in the killing.
"We have an interest in the investigation, because we are convinced that we will be given a clean slate -- if the results are not falsified for political reasons," Assad was quoted as saying in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel last month. "Syria had nothing to do with this murder, absolutely nothing."

Sure, I will believe Syria had nothing to do with it when pigs fly.

It was and is a well known fact that Bashar Al Assad and the late Rafik Al Hariri were having major disputes stemming from Assad's insistence on renewing Lahoud's term in direct contravention of the Lebanese constitution. The Syrians knew Hariri was no longer under their thumb and they thought a show of power (by blowing him up) would serve as a reminder of who is boss. To say the least, it backfired. What it did do was force the Syrian Army out leaving only intelligence ghosts behind. They too will go soon enough. Sooner or later, the Lebanese populace will rise up and when they do, all of the people who allied themselves with Syria had better move there. They would be better off there as they will be known as traitors to their own country.

Syria has a long history of assassinating people who disagree with it's policies in the region. Rafik Al Hariri was the latest in a long line. Kamal Jumblatt was another greatly admired man who they killed. It is long past the time when the Syrian government gets their hand slapped and I for one will be glad to see Assad jr. with egg on his arrogant, smug little face.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The Sky is Falling

I cannot believe it. The world must be ending, the sky is likely falling!! GWB actually took responsibility for something. At a press conference GWB actually said "Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government, and to the extent that the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility,"

Who is this man who took responsibility and where is the real GWB??

Friday, September 02, 2005

The Noose is Tightening..

Ahhh fate, what a fickle thing. When the 5 men pictured above started plotting, they never thought they would be brought to justice. 4 of them were the most powerful men in Lebanon's complicated political system. The 5th is merely an MP (that would be M. Nasser Qandil, Pro-Syrian former MP and second from the right). Not one of these men ever thought that Detlev Mehlis would ever ever dare to question them. Guess what boys. You were wrong. You are not above the law and hopefully, you will have a most public execution devoid of the diginity you so crave yet have never achieved.

Maj Gen Jamil al-Sayyad, former head of General Security (last on the right)
Maj Gen Ali Hajj, former chief of police (2nd on the left)
Brig Gen Raymond Azar, former military intelligence chief (1st on the left)
Mustafa Hamdan, Republican Guard commander (middle photo)

These four men were all questioned and then subsequently charged with murder, attempted murder and carrying out a terrorist act. They have been charged because they were involved in planning the assasination of Prime Minister Rafiq Al Hariri. One can only wonder how much Syria paid them off to do this deed. What threat did they hold over their heads (not that it would matter)? What sum did they sell their souls and the country they have been charged to protect out for? All four of these men were in their posts when the murder happened. They had not yet been relieved of their responsibilities. These men committed a most grievous crime against the very populace they had been charged to protect. When they planned and carried out the murder of a man who rebuilt Lebanon after the civil war, they committed not only murder, they committed treason. The punishment for treason is death. These four should face no less. The 5th, Nasser Qandil has been released to his home but his passport has been seized and a guard is posted at his door.

The murder has thrown Lebanon into turmoil. Car bombings are rife, tourism numbers are down, the economy is paralyzed. The populace is living in a climate of fear wondering who is next on the much-talked about assasination list. All of this because four men who should have been protecting our country were busy plotting it's downfall and being handsomely rewarded for it.

These charges are only the first step on a long road. These men despite their lofty positions are only peons. Until the Syrian officials who gave the order are exposed and charged, true justice will never be done but at least these arrests are a start.