(sniff, sniff) Something Is Burning!
I may be the only one who actually gives a sh*t about what happens in Lebanon, but I will continue anyway.
If there is an overabundance of dandilions–Syria did it! Or if a politician gets a bad case of piles–Syria did it! Syria gets blame for everything that goes astray in Lebanon. The newest “Syria Did It” is the probs in the Pals refugee camp north of Tripoli.
Ok let us look at the organization–Fatah al-Islam. It is not part of the al-Qaeda organizational network. It is however using the connection for reasons of PR and recruitment. The leader of the group, Shaker al-Abssi is a felon in several countries, including Syria. He was in prison for plotting against the Syrian government, when he was released he fled to Lebanon and currently wanted on further charges in Syria. He is also convicted in absentia in Jordan to death for his part in the killing of American Lawerence Foley.
The Syrians have rejected this organization and has stated that it does not represent the feelings of the Palestinian people. They, as well as Jordan, are working through Interpol to try and apprehend the convicted felon.
There are indications, acoording to Seymour Hersch, that the US had help equip some Sunni groups in Lebanon to aid in the isolation of the Shi’a Hezbollah.
If this is true, then it is another “blowback” in their policies that the Bush administration did not count on. Does anyone in Washington learn fro past mistakes? (that is a rhetorical question)