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Tuesday, October 25, 2005 

UN Covering Up Syrian Connections to Assassination (In the Name of Peace?)

Why does the US seem to have such a distain for the UN? Well, one reason may be their obvious pandering to smaller countries that commit egregious violations of the various resolutions. Another may be the corruption in the various aid and support programs for nations on their sanctions list (Iraq), or on their aid list.

Or possibly it is that they try to cover up a nation’s involvement in the assassination of another nation’s Prime Minister. It seems that the the UN have concluded their report on the investigation into the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. But forgot one thing.

What is interesting (huge understatement) is that the copy of the report mental giants disseminated still contained all the edits (magic of MS Word) that were done. While the majority of those edits were pretty mundane (spelling and grammatical correction), there were a couple that warranted interest.

For example:
One witness of Syrian origin but resident in Lebanon, who claims to have worked for the Syrian intelligence services in Lebanon, has stated that approximately two weeks after the adoption of Security Council resolution 1559, Maher Assad, Assef Shawkat, Hassan Khalil, Bahjat Suleyman and Jamil Al-Sayyed senior Lebanese and Syrian officials decided to assassinate Rafik Hariri. He claimed that Sayyed a senior Lebanese security official went several times to Syria to plan the crime, meeting once at the Meridian Hotel in Damascus and several times at the Presidential Place and the office of Shawkat a senior Syrian security official. The last meeting was held in the house of Shawkat the same senior Syrian security official approximately seven to 10 days before the assassination and included Mustapha Hamdan another senior Lebanese security official. The witness had close contact with high ranked Syrian officers posted in Lebanon.


Now, the strike out portions (if you reference the original document), are what was deleted. These (according to the time stamp) were deleted immediately after Mr. Mehlis got out of a meeting with Kofi Annan, who had “pledged repeatedly through his chief spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, that he would not change a word of the report by Detlev Mehlis, a German prosecutor” (Times Online).

As In the Bullpen words it:
Last week we noted an Associated Press report that Secretary-General Kofi Annan had said that “he is determined to keep an upcoming report into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri from fanning tensions between Syria and Lebanon.” Thanks to Bill Gates, now we know how far Annan was willing to go to protect the Syrian dictatorship.


The original word document can be found HERE, and the post from Templar Pundit (Big HT) is HERE

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