Friday, November 24, 2006

Gemayel assassination partly due to U.S. policy, some say

"The bullets that raked [Lebanon cabinet minister Pierre] Gemayel's car also fired on U.S. policy, analysts say.
'The bullets were meant for an outspoken critic of Syria. The Cedar Revolution is seen as an extension of American power, so the assassination of Gemayel was by extension a way of striking the U.S. as well,' said Augustus Richard Norton, a former U.N. peacekeeper in Lebanon and now a professor at Boston University.
Added Lebanese columnist Rami Khouri, currently on a speaking tour in the United States: 'This is the new Cold War.'
U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton said Gemayel's assassination brought new attention to the danger that Syria and Iran are attempting, through Lebanese allies such as Hezbollah, to conduct a coup d'etat against the pro-Western government led by Prime Minister Fouad Siniora."

The Washington Post. Assassination Increases Tensions With Syria, Iran. November 22, 2006.

posted: friday, november 24, 2006, 9:25 PM ET

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