Just When You Thought it Couldn’t Get Any Worse


Lebanon is really a tragedy of a country.  It always seemed that it could separate itself from the muddle of the Middle East.  Beirut was the cultural and liberal capital of the region, the ‘Paris of the East.’ Christians, Sunnis and Shia all lived together peacefully, but the constitution left for the country by the French  locked the Christian minority into the presidency, which caused a civil war that left Beirut in ruins and left the country weakened the country enough so now there is a permanent Syrian influence in government.

Around the turn of the century, a new prime minister, Rafiq al-Hariri had started to turn things around.  He sucessfully got Syrian troops out of Lebanon and was looking like a real reformer.  In 2005 he was assassinated. This is the story of what happened next.

The investigation into the 2005 assassination of the Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri is nearing its end—and a trial in international court looms. Insiders say the trail of evidence leads, ultimately, to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But having spent three years fearing for their lives, the investigators are now grappling with a different fear: that Western concerns about regional stability will prevent the naming of the biggest names. [Here is a look] Inside the investigation that could blow up the Middle East.

The story is great.  There’s espionage, backroom dealing, death threats, anonymous sources and secured bunkers.  The UN report is due in a couple months and Mid-East stability (ha!) stands in the balance.



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