George Galloway on the assassination of Rafik Hariri

“Everybody should be aware that the verdict of the Mehlis inquiry was already fixed before he began his investigation. This murder of Hariri was deliberately planned and executed precisely to implicate Syria and to set in train the events which have unfolded.” — George Galloway

Related: Neil MacDonald’s bombshell report on the network that allegedly assassinated former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri.

MacDonald reports,

A months-long CBC investigation, relying on interviews with multiple sources from inside the UN inquiry and some of the commission’s own records, found examples of timidity, bureaucratic inertia and incompetence bordering on gross negligence.

Among other things, CBC News has learned that:

– Evidence gathered by Lebanese police and, much later, the UN, points overwhelmingly to the fact that the assassins were from Hezbollah, the militant Party of God that is largely sponsored by Syria and Iran. CBC News has obtained cellphone and other telecommunications evidence that is at the core of the case.

– UN investigators came to believe their inquiry was penetrated early by Hezbollah and that that the commission’s lax security likely led to the murder of a young, dedicated Lebanese policeman who had largely cracked the case on his own and was co-operating with the international inquiry.

– UN commission insiders also suspected Hariri’s own chief of protocol at the time, a man who now heads Lebanon’s intelligence service, of colluding with Hezbollah. But those suspicions, laid out in an extensive internal memo, were not pursued, basically for diplomatic reasons.

Of note: George Galloway is currently on tour in Canada

Comments

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  • http://twitter.com/NoAPatrickRoss Patrick Ross

    Yes, George Galloway IS currently on tour in Canada. For those interested in protesting his speech at the U of A on November 25, I’m planning a protest for main Quad. 6:30 November 25.

  • Oldweesie

    I’m more surprised that the CBC has investigated this than anything else.

  • Oldweesie

    I’m more surprised that the CBC has investigated this than anything else.

  • Liz J

    Me too, shocked really.

  • batb

    Do you think, Liz and Oldweesie (so sorry), they’re starting to wake up to reality — or is that just too much to wish?

  • Anonymous

    You wouldn’t know good journalism from a corn-flakes ad.

    (I’m too lazy to link back to your post about how you get most of your “news” from right-wing blogs)

  • batb

    Where/when did I say that, kenn2? I never did. Never. Because it’s not true.

    If you’re too lazy to link to the proof that I ever did say that, then I’m almost too lazy to tell you what a putz you are — I said almost.

    Vis a vis “putz,” see definition #2: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=putz

  • Anonymous
  • batb

    Here’s what I actually said (thanks, BTW, for the link to comments on June 5, 2010):

    [begin quote]

    …I’ve been monitoring the Canadian media for over 30 years, long before Stephen Harper had even become a politician. Much of it then was left-lib-leaning and still is. I’m grateful for the National Post and the blogs, which is where I am likely to see more balanced reporting: views from all sides of the political spectrum.

    I don’t ask that all media outlets agree with my POV, but I sure as heck want there to be some genuine debate, not mindless cheerleading for one party only, accompanied by a steady stream of put-downs of the opposing party. This is the definition of the CBC which is funded by ALL Canadians [emphases mine].

    [end quote]

    An accusation of lying is pretty serious, kenn2. I do not lie. As for the name-calling, after you misquoted — or mis-remembered — what I said, it’s a trifle. However, I’ll let Stephen decide.

    (“We’d hate to lose you” almost sounds like a threat! Oh dear.)

  • Anonymous

    Your comments have a best-by date?

    More of your blog-fed wit and wisdom:

    At least the blogs have exposed a lot of the rot and have given background to some pretty nefarious goings-on — you know, the Liberal$’ “culture of corruption?,” which a lot of us knew existed but couldn’t quite get at because our media weren’t reporting the facts, just their spin on their party of choice. Because of the National Post and blogs, we now know a lot more about Trudeau’s NEP, his bilingualism and multiculturalism propaganda, Chretien’s running on eliminating the GST and re-writing NAFTA and the various scandals of his government –the HRDC scandal, Shawinigate, the billion-dollar boondoggle of the long gun registry, the Auberge Grand-Mère affair, AdScam, etc., all of which the “old” media might have reported on, but certainly seemed fairly comfortable with and on which they did no in-depth reporting or analysis. Canadians were being lulled into a Liberals-are-the-only-viable-choice-for-government trance until the National Post and blogs came along.

    Whew. Is there ANYTHING a blog can’t do?

  • Frances

    So Galloway is blaming the Israelis?

  • batb

    I’m grateful for blogs. I don’t have to down a steady diet — which was all the news “sustenance” there used to be — of the left-lib drivel that passes for journalism these days.

    I do, however, watch television news (even the CBC, gag, and CTV), The Agenda, The Jim Lehrer News Hour, read newspapers, magazines, and periodicals — but why am I telling you this, kenn2? Who cares what you think about my news habits?

    Thanks for my wit and wisdom: Not bad, if you ask me.

  • batb

    BTW, it’s unbecoming, and oh so unoriginal, to take Kate @ SDA’s line about Obama.

    And, the National Post isn’t a blog, so what are you talking about?

  • Liz J

    Georgie is quite the cutie, has he challenged anyone to a boxing match lately? I’m sure the media will be all ears at all his appearances in case he has a few words to say about the Canadian government they can gleefully report.

  • Liz J

    Georgie is quite the cutie, has he challenged anyone to a boxing match lately? I’m sure the media will be all ears at all his appearances in case he has a few words to say about the Canadian government they can gleefully report.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, I actually don’t know who/what SDA is, or Kate of that place.

    But thanks for providing your journalistic CV. It says nothing about your powers of discernment, though. But erudite statements like the left-lib drivel that passes for journalism these days. speak volumes.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, I actually don’t know who/what SDA is, or Kate of that place.

    But thanks for providing your journalistic CV. It says nothing about your powers of discernment, though. But erudite statements like the left-lib drivel that passes for journalism these days. speak volumes.

  • batb

    And so it should.

    He who has eyes to see with let him see.
    He who has ears to hear with let him hear.

  • batb

    It looks like I’m not the only one to assert “left-lib drivel” in the Canadian media:

    Galloway and his friends have been allowed to get away with their dissembling not just because of the idiocy of certain currents on the ‘Left’ in this country but also because of the laziness and self-serving purposes of Canada’s news media.

    http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/11/23/terry-glavine-canada-in-palestine-fascists-on-campus/#ixzz16CaLnoTo

  • Anonymous

    Oh boy. You found an op-ed by a writer with an agenda, in a right-wing newspaper, calling the Canadian news media biased.

    Mr Glavin has missed one tiny point. It’s not Hamas who’s got the hammerlock on the Palestinians, or building settlements on their land.

    So the Palestinians get aid from the Red Cross… well most prisoners do, even the ones in Gitmo. I suspect the Palestinians would rather have a state, and their freedom back.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not a Galloway fanboy, but it’s kind of weak soup to be making hay now on something he said 5 years ago. Most politicos can’t be held to things said 6 months ago. (like… Harper & transparancy?).

    We’re finding out now that it wasn’t UN “incompetence” that the findings were suppressed, it was part of deliberate diplomatic manoevres to keep them under wraps as part of current negotiations and realignment.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    It shows Galloway’s deeply held bias that there’s only one force to blame in the Middle East for anyone’s problems.

  • batb

    Name me your favourite op-ed writer in a left-wing newspaper who doesn’t have an agenda.

    Before the National Post came along, we’d would never have been able to hear Terry Glavin’s POV, would we? He’d be relegated to the file entitled “not included on the voyage.” He’d be completely outside the media loop, a tactic the left-wing media has used for years to ensure that Canadians don’t hear balanced debates or discussions, only the lib-left POV.

    I just wish the Left would stop being so intellectually dishonest, as they pretend there’s no lib-left media bias in Canada. Why would George Soros, Atwood, et al. be so intent on torpedoing SunTV if there wasn’t an agenda to keep “right wing” POVs out of the media?

  • Anonymous

    You’re making my point for me. You have no interest in journalism, only opinion, and only if it’s certified right wing.

    Before the National Post came along, we’d would never have been able to hear Terry Glavin’s POV, would we?

    Absolute BS.There have always been strong conservative voices in the Canadian newspaper world. The Globe & Mail was a solid conservative paper, til the western reform faction kicked the “right-wing” goalpost two notches more to the right, and scrubbed the P out of the PCs, leaving the G&M smack in the center, which is too lefty for you.

  • batb

    Circles within circles, kenn2.

  • Anonymous

    And Harper is uncritically pro-Israel, both for internal consumption, and as part of his outsourcing of most of Canadian foreign policy to the US.

    It seems that nobody is interested in resolution.

  • Terry Glavin

    Hate to break it to you, but I’ve never written a “conservative” sentence in my entire writing life, which includes 15 years working full-time for the dailies. And still the National Post has time and space for me. Funny auld world.