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Lebanon-Israel-Hariri.

The argument that Israel killed Lebanese former premier Rafik al-Hariri because it wants to sow sedition is fallacious. Israel has carried out many crimes but this one in particular is of no interest to it and there are other suspects, remarked columnist Abdul Rahman al-Rashed in the pan-Arab daily ASHARQ AL AWSAT Thursday. Hariri and fellow slain politicians, legislators, and journalists all belonged to one particular party, and all of them hailed from unarmed non-militias, so how will that sow sedition, he asked. The ex-premier was openly anti-Israel, however, he did not want Lebanon to remain the proxy land for regional wars, Rashed pointed out.

Hariri, he added, was completely opposed to the notion of local militias and refused to create one of his own. Hence, the argument that only Israel was capable of and interested in killing Hariri to spark sectarian strife is flawed because there were already forces adopting a sectarian rhetoric and involved in sectarian killing, he said. So the attempt to point the finger at Israel, which the guerrilla group Hizbullah and its allied opposition are doing, is weak and without any strong evidence to corroborate it, according to Rashed. Unlike what the opposition would like to suggest, the real danger in Lebanon is not the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) trying Hariri's assassins, but the crimes committed in Lebanon, Rashed opined. The opposition did not try to make amends over the past few years but turned even more hostile, provoked sectarian strife, and threatened with the power of arms instead of answering to the state and its institutions. It is unclear what the price of the STL and trying Hariri's killers will be, Rashed noted. Recent statements suggest that it will be high. However, the question is what will be the price of canceling the tribunal, as the crimes will not be punished, he went on to say.
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Title Annotation:EDITORIAL REVIEW
Publication:The Daily Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)
Date:Aug 13, 2010
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