Friday, November 25, 2005

Princes of Darkness / 2

Jihad Khazen Al-Hayat 21/11/05/

When I reviewed Gerald Posner's book "Secrets of the Kingdom" in June I stopped at the third chapter when I found him claiming that Sayyid Qutb set "The guidelines for modern Wahhabi adherence." Most Wahhabis consider Qutb an apostate. With Laurent Murawiec I could not go past the second chapter. There were so many glaring errors that would eliminate any intellectual, academic or research claim.The first paragraph of the first chapter alleges that Saudi Arabia was an empire forged recently in "rivers of blood". How recent is recent? Saudi Arabia is over seventy years old and a founding member of the U.N. And what about those rivers of blood? It doesn't even have brooks with saline water. Arabia was sparsely populated then and blood trickles and does not flow. The egregious exaggeration reminds me of Enoch Powell's "rivers of blood" speech which ended his carrier as a serious British politician.Murawiec is a no danger of losing a reputation that is non-existent except among fellow travellers and Israeli apologists who lied their way into a war against Iraq which increased terrorism instead of defeating it.Exaggeration continues as when he describes Saudi arms deals, and differential diplomats or arms dealers thinking of their profits. Now this man writes from a country whose annual military budget is over 400 billion dollars, more than the rest of the world but together. Saudi arms purchases are the proverbial drop in the ocean by comparison.When Murawiec is not exaggerating he is openly envious. He notes that Saudi Arabia orchestrated soaring oil prices in the seventies and raked "the almost unimaginable sum of two trillion dollars." Why can't Murawiec imagine two trillion dollars? All he needs to do is look at the accumulated budget deficits of George Bush's years in office and two trillion becomes easily imaginable.Oil prices reflect supply and demand in a free market. I would like Saudi Arabia to cut down on production until oil sells at one hundred dollars a barrel. Those who don't like the price can shop elsewhere or walk.Murawiec talks about corruption. There is corruption and as I promised the reader I will not deny it or defend Saudi Arabia. I would only say that Saudi corruption pales before the corruption of the American occupation of Iraq. U.S. government auditors and Congress investigators have written reports about the disappearance of billion of dollars of Iraqi funds disposed by the pro-consul Paul Bremmer. There wasn't a single receipt for any of 8.8 billion dollars given to Iraqi ministries under his control, according to American auditors.An equally outrageous claim involves the influence of the Saudi lobby in Washington. There is a Saudi lobby but it takes tons of chutzpah to ignore the fact that the most influential lobby, the tail that wags the dogs, is the Israeli lobby. Anyway, the Saudi lobby does not spy on the US as Larry Franklin did with officials from AIPAC who are all facing trial now.I promised the reader that I will educate and entertain him. I start with education.Murawiec claims that King Fahd, King Abdullah and Princes Sultan, Nayef and Salman are "illiterate". He lies. He talks about men from the late sixties to eighty in age. Their education started over sixty years ago. In the case of King Fahd before the creation of Saudi Arabia itself. The education of the five brothers was local and traditional. They don't speak French or Polish but they are definitely cultured. I know them very well. I watched King Fahd, then Crown Prince, prepare a speech about a five year plan. He stopped at the figure of one thousand million or one trillion riyals, at two hundred billion a year. He wanted a phrase that does not provoke envy, anticipating the likes of Murawiec and changed the relevant paragraph several times. Then Planning Minister Hisham Nazer is my witness. In 1976 or 1977 he wrote a front page article for Al Madina newspaper in Jeddah. I saw him a week later and jokingly complained that he was taking our job as journalists. He said: Do your job well and I won't compete with you. I sat in Crown Prince, now King Abdullah's office several times and saw him write instructions on memos presented to him, or dictate memos and correct them longhand as we all do in Arabic. Crown Prince Sultan always surprises me with his extensive knowledge of Arabic classical culture. My speciality is Arabic literature. Still I would come out of Prince Sultan's office with notes about stories, lines of verse or proverbs that I had not heard before. To annoy Murawiec I claim here that I know more about Al Khubar terrorist attack than Louis Freeh of the FBI. Prince Nayef went over details of the investigation with me in his office. I sat with him many times with our meetings starting about midnight and ending in time for his morning prayers. I always write notes on the official paper of the Interior minister's office.I don't need to talk about Prince Salman to Arab readers, but this column is translated into English and read by non-Arabs, so I would say that had Salman bin Abdul Aziz not been born prince he would have been a journalist. He's got enough news agency tickers in his office and yacht, Shaf, to produce a newspaper. Last week he phoned me and gave me a critique of my book on the neocons and made suggestions on how to improve the copy.Now to the entertainment. Murawiec speaks about five sons of "King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud" who went to university. There is no such king in Saudi Arabia. The names gave me the impression that Murawiec was talking about sons of King Feisal. If so he should have said that they all speak fluent French, and he might have added that the king's daughters went to finishing school in Geneva. Incidentally, Prince Turki Al Feisal, who is now ambassador in Washington, did not go to the University of London as stated in the book, but left Georgetown University in 1967 and went to Cambridge.Views based on such unmitigated ignorance are the proverbial house built on the sand which is blown away by the wind of truth. They are dangerous still because the U.S. administration listens to such views and pays the price with us.


Blogger HK said...

Karl Rove's White House " Murder Inc. ".

Ariel Sharon's & Karl Rove's White House " Assassinations Inc. " !!!

Neocon's SOCOM @ "OSP" .

"The significance of this masterpiece is not only the divulsion of facts,
but the focus it's made on the covert cooperation between the parties who
are enemies...., thanks to the organized " Smear Campaign by ..X..?,
and the deliberate resonance it received in Damascus..... "

Special Investigation.

DEC., 2005- On September 15, 2001, just four days after the 9-11 attacks,
CIA Director George Tenet provided President [sic] Bush with a Top Secret
"Worldwide Attack Matrix"-a virtual license to kill targets deemed to be a
threat to the United States in some 80 countries around the world. The Tenet
plan, which was subsequently approved by Bush, essentially reversed the
executive orders of four previous U.S. administrations that expressly
prohibited political assassinations.

According to high level European intelligence officials, Bush's counselor,
Karl Rove, used the new presidential authority to silence a popular Lebanese
Christian politician who was planning to offer irrefutable evidence that
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon authorized the massacre of hundreds of
Palestinian men, women, and children in the Beirut refugee camps of Sabra
and Shatilla in 1982. In addition, Sharon provided the Lebanese forces who
carried out the grisly task. At the time of the massacres, Elie Hobeika was
intelligence chief of Lebanese Christian forces in Lebanon who were battling
Palestinians and other Muslim groups in a bloody civil war. He was also the
chief liaison to Israeli Defense Force (IDF) personnel in Lebanon. An
official Israeli inquiry into the massacre at the camps, the Kahan
Commission, merely found Sharon "indirectly" responsible for the slaughter
and fingered Hobeika as the chief instigator.

The Kahan Commission never called on Hobeika to offer testimony in his
defense. However, in response to charges brought against Sharon before a
special war crimes court in Belgium, Hobeika was urged to testify against
Sharon, according to well-informed Lebanese sources. Hobeika was prepared to
offer a different version of events than what was contained in the Kahan
report. A 1993 Belgian law permitting human rights prosecutions was unusual
in that non-Belgians could be tried for violations against other
non-Belgians in a Belgian court. Under pressure from the Bush
administration, the law was severely amended and the extra territoriality
provisions were curtailed.

Hobeika headed the Lebanese forces intelligence agency since the mid- 1970s
and he soon developed close ties to the CIA. He was a frequent visitor to
the CIA's headquarters at Langley, Virginia. After the Syrian invasion of
Lebanon in 1990, Hobeika held a number of cabinet positions in the Lebanese
government, a proxy for the Syrian occupation authorities. He also served in
the parliament. In July 2001, Hobeika called a press conference and
announced he was prepared to testify against Sharon in Belgium and revealed
that he had evidence of what actually occurred in Sabra and Shatilla.
Hobeika also indicated that Israel had flown members of the South Lebanon
Army (SLA) into Beirut International Airport in an Israeli Air Force C130
transport plane, in full view of dozens of witnesses, including members of
the Lebanese army and others. SLA troops under the command of Major Saad
Haddad were slipped into the camps to commit the massacres. The SLA troops
were under the direct command of Ariel Sharon and an Israeli Mossad agent
provocateur named Rafi Eitan. Hobeika offered evidence that a former U.S.
ambassador to Lebanon was aware of the Israeli plot. In addition, the IDF
had placed a camera in a strategic position to film the Sabra and Shatilla
massacres. Hobeika was going to ask that the footage be released as part of
the investigation of Sharon.

After announcing he was willing to testify against Sharon, Hobeika became
fearful for his safety and began moves to leave Lebanon. Hobeika was not
aware that his threats to testify against Sharon had triggered a series of
fateful events that reached well into the White House and Sharon's office.

On January 24, 2002, Hobeika's car was blown up by a remote controlled bomb
placed in a parked Mercedes along a street in the Hazmieh section of Beirut.
The bomb exploded when Hobeika and his three associates, Fares Souweidan,
Mitri Ajram, and Waleed Zein, were driving their Range Rover past the
TNT-laden Mercedes at 9:40 am Beirut time. The Range Rover's four passengers
were killed in the explosion. In case Hobeika's car had taken another route

through the neighborhood, two additional parked cars, located at two other
choke points, were also rigged with TNT. The powerful bomb wounded a number
of other people on the street. Other parked cars were destroyed and
buildings and homes were damaged. The Lebanese president, prime minister,
and interior minister all claimed that Israeli agents were behind the

It is noteworthy that the State Department's list of global terrorist
incidents for 2002 worldwide failed to list the car bombing attack on
Hobeika and his party. The White House wanted to ensure the attack was
censored from the report. The reason was simple: the attack ultimately had
Washington's fingerprints on it.

High level European intelligence sources now report that Karl Rove
personally coordinated Hobeika's assassination. The hit on Hobeika employed
Syrian intelligence agents. Syrian President Bashar Assad was trying to
curry favor with the Bush administration in the aftermath of 9-11 and was
more than willing to help the White House. In addition, Assad's father,
Hafez Assad, had been an ally of Bush's father during Desert Storm, a period
that saw Washington give a "wink and a nod" to Syria's occupation of
Lebanon. Rove wanted to help Sharon avoid any political embarrassment from
an in absentia trial in Brussels where Hobeika would be a star witness. Rove
and Sharon agreed on the plan to use Syrian Military Intelligence agents to
assassinate Hobeika. Rove saw Sharon as an indispensable ally of Bush in
ensuring the loyalty of the Christian evangelical and Jewish voting blocs in
the United States. Sharon saw the plan to have the United States coordinate
the hit as a way to mask all connections to Jerusalem.

The Syrian hit team was ordered by Assef Shawkat, the number two man in
Syrian military intelligence and a good friend and brother in law of Syrian
President Bashar Assad. Assad's intelligence services had already cooperated
with U.S. intelligence in resorting to unconventional methods to extract
information from al Qaeda detainees deported to Syria from the United States
and other countries in the wake of 9-11. The order to take out Hobeika was
transmitted by Shawkat to Roustom Ghazali, the head of Syrian military
intelligence in Beirut. Ghazali arranged for the three remote controlled
cars to be parked along Hobeika's route in Hazmieh; only few hundred yards
from the Barracks of Syrian Special Forces which are stationed in the area
near the Presidential palace , the ministry of Defense and various
Government and officers quarters . This particular area is covered 24/7 by a
very sophisticated USA multi-agency surveillance system to monitor Syrian
and Lebanese security activities and is a " Choice " area to live in for its
perceived high security, [Courtesy of the Special Collections Services.]
SCS...; CIA & NSA & DIA....etc.

The plan to kill Hobeika had all the necessary caveats and built-in denial
mechanisms. If the Syrians were discovered beforehand or afterwards, Karl
Rove and his associates in the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans would be
ensured plausible deniability.

Hobeika's CIA intermediary in Beirut, a man only referred to as "Jason" by
Hobeika, was a frequent companion of the Lebanese politician during official
and off-duty hours. During Hobeika's election campaigns for his
parliamentary seat, Jason was often in Hobeika's office offering support and
advice. After Hobeika's assassination, Jason became despondent over the
death of his colleague. Eventually, Jason disappeared abruptly from Lebanon
and reportedly later emerged in Pakistan.

Karl Rove's involvement in the assassination of Hobeika may not have been
the last "hit" he ordered to help out Sharon. In March 2002, a few months
after Hobeika's assassination, another Lebanese Christian with knowledge of
Sharon's involvement in the Sabra and Shatilla massacres was gunned down
along with his wife in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A bullet fired at Michael Nassar's
car flattened one of his tires. Nassar pulled into a gasoline station for
repairs. A professional assassin, firing a gun with a silencer, shot Nassar
and his wife in the head, killing them both instantly. The assailant fled
and was never captured. Nassar was also involved with the Phalange militia
at Sabra and Shatilla. Nassar was also reportedly willing to testify against
Sharon in Belgium and, as a nephew of SLA Commander General Antoine Lahd,
may have had important evidence to bolster Hobeika's charge that Sharon
ordered SLA forces into the camps to wipe out the Palestinians.

Based on what European intelligence claims is concrete intelligence on
Rove's involvement in the assassination of Hobeika, the Bush administration
can now add political assassination to its laundry list of other misdeeds,
from lying about the reasons to go to war to the torture tactics in
violation of the Geneva Conventions that have been employed by the Pentagon
and "third country" nationals at prisons in Iraq , Guantanamo Bay,
Morocco, and various East European locations, among others....

It is noteworthy that the State Department's list of global terrorist
incidents for 2002 worldwide failed to list the car bombing attack on
Hobeika and his party.... But Listed a small Hand Grenade thrown at
a U.S. franchise....? The White House wanted to ensure the attack was
censored from the report. The reason was simple: the attack ultimately had
Washington's fingerprints on it....

This is some of the evidence for you and for the World .... article=1052
~encrypted/logs/access ====>> INTELLIGENCE Agencies Servers footprints.


Not to mention hundreds of private companies and governments........!
See Below :

Lines 10-36 of my logfiles show a lot of interest in this article: =1052

# grep sid=1052 /encrypted/logs/access_log|awk '{print$1,$7}'|sed-n'10,36p'. /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
Soviet/Russian Intelligence services... /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
NATO Intel. /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
Nato Intel. /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
Strategic Air Command US Intel. /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
European Parliament Intel. Unit /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
USA Department of Justice... /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
USA Department of Justice... /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
USA Treasury Department /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
USA Treasury Department /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
CIA Langley /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
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USA Department of Homeland security Intel. /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
British Intel. /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
Pentagon US. /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
Intel.... /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
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British Intel. /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
USA Marine Corps Quantico Virginia Intel. /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
USA Marine Corps Quantico Virginia Intel. /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
US Intel SIS. /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
Intel.... /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
US Intel. OSIS. /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
British Intel. /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1052
Ukrainian Intelligence.

"The significance of this masterpiece is not only the divulsion of facts,
but the focus it's made on the covert cooperation between the parties who
are playing enemies.... " At the very Least in Lebanon since the 1970s...!!!

7:11 AM  
Blogger Brook said...

Whether Posner mistated some facts about Saudi Arabia or not isn't the issue. The issue is that the Arab world is, without question, the most intolerant region on Earth today and I, for one, am tired of the West looking the other way.

With regard to Palestinians, the West has welcomed thousands of them and integrated them into our society. The Arab world, by contrast, has thrown them into "refugee camps" where they've been treated like 2nd class citizens for 50 years. Who is the real friend of the Palestinians here? I'm not in the mood to listen to Arabs claim to support them on one hand, while they oppress them on the other.

1000 times More Arabs have died at the hands of Al Qaeda in the past 2 years than died in the entire 2-year intifadah in Palestine. And what has been the reaction of the Arab world? Utter silence. As long as it's Arabs killing Arabs, the death toll can reach the tens of thousands and the Arab world won't lift a finger in protest.

You want to carry a Christian bible in public in Saudi Arabia? Sorry, that's not allowed either. It's incredible what the Arab world gets away with it.

Sorry, Khazen, you're trying to paper over issues that I'm not willing to ignore anymore. I'm not asking for reform in the Arab world anymore -- I'm demanding it. I won't accept the intolerance, xenophobia, dysfunction and repression of civil rights anymore. I have nothing but contempt for every government in the region with a few possible exceptions. There is a cancer that is eating away at the heart of Arab society, and all Arabs can think to do is blame Israel and America. Absolutely amazing! The future of Arabs is bleak and gettting bleaker as long as the Khazzan's of the world refuse to address the real issues threatening the future.

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