Hariri Reportedly Assassinated To Make Way For Large US Air Base In Lebanon
By Wayne Madsen
According to high-level Lebanese intelligence sources-Christian and
Muslim-former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was reportedly
assassinated in a sophisticated explosion-by-wire bombing authorized by the
Bush administration and Ariel Sharon's Likud government in Israel.
There are also strong indications that the Hariri assassination was carried
out by the same rogue Syrian intelligence agents used in the 2002 car
bombing assassination of Lebanese Christian leader Elie Hobeika, who was
prepared to testify against Sharon in a Brussels human rights court. That
case involved the Israeli Prime Minister's role in the 1982 massacre by
Israeli troops of Palestinian refugees at the Sabra and Chatilla camps in
Beirut. The Hariri assasination used wire-bombing technology because
Hariri's security personnel used electronic countermeasures to fend off a
remote control bomb using wireless means. It has been revealed that the Bush
administration has used Syrian intelligence agents to torture al Qaeda
suspects through the program known as "extraordinary rendition."
Hariri, a pan-Arabist and Lebanese nationalist, was known to adamantly
oppose the construction of a major U.S. air base in the north of Lebanon.
The United States wants Syrian troops completely out of Lebanon before
construction of the base is initiated. Hariri's meetings with Hezbollah
shortly before his death also angered Washington and Jerusalem, according to
the Lebanese intelligence sources.
Washington and Jerusalem media experts spun Hariri's assassination as being
the work of Syrian intelligence on orders from President Bashar Assad.
However, a number of Middle East political observers in Washington claim
that Hariri's assassination was not in the interests of Assad, but that the
Bush and Sharon administrations had everything to gain from it, including
the popular Lebanese uprising against the Syrian occupation.
Lebanese intelligence sources report that even without a formal agreement
with Lebanon, the contract for the northern Lebanese air base has been let
by the Pentagon to Jacobs Engineering Group of Pasadena, California. Other
construction support will be provided by Bechtel Corporation.
Jacobs Engineering and Jacobs Sverdrup are currently contracted for work in
Saudi Arabia for Aramco, Iraq for the U.S. occupation authority, Bosnia,
Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Yemen, Oman, and the United Arab
The Lebanese air base is reportedly to be used as a transit and logistics
hub for U.S. forces in Iraq and as a rest and relaxation location for U.S.
troops in the region. In addition, the Lebanese base will be used to protect
U.S. oil pipelines in the region (Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and
Mosul/Kirkuk-Ceyhan) as well as to destabilize the Assad government in
Syria. The size of the planned air base reportedly is on the scale of the
massive American Al Udeid air base in Qatar.
A number of intelligence sources have reported that assassinations of
foreign leaders like Hariri and Hobeika are ultimately authorized by two key
White House officials, Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and Deputy National
Security Adviser Elliot Abrams. In addition, Abrams is the key liaison
between the White House and Sharon's office for such covert operations,
including political assassinations.
"Abrams is the guy they [the Israelis] go to for a wink and a nod for such
ops," reported one key source.
Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based journalist and columnist and the
co-author of "America's Nightmare: The Presidency of George BushII."