Murder Made Easy

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All criminals intending to commit a political murder take note. To delay, or even escape, justice, you only need to arrange for the United Nations to investigate your crime.

That at least seems to be the case regarding the drawn-out UN investigation of the February 14, 2005, assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri by a massive bomb in Beirut that killed 22 people. What little credibility the UN had left concerning this investigation was damaged even further by a highly critical piece of investigative journalism by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) released last week.

The CBC report’s main accusation is the UN commission investigating the murder that shook Lebanon to the core failed for three years to examine evidence in the form of cell phone records that would have tied Hezbollah to Hariri’s death. Even worse, it actually possessed such evidence, provided by a Lebanese police investigator, but sat on it for a year and a half without taking any action.

“A months-long CBC investigation…found examples of timidity, bureaucratic inertia and incompetence bordering on gross negligence,” stated CBC journalist Neil Macdonald, the report’s author, of the UN inquiry.

The CBC story made headlines across the Middle East for its detailing of the

commission’s incompetence and for the fact that, after five years and tens of millions of

dollars spent, indictments are only now about to be handed down. This long overdue move, the CBC states, will probably occur at the end of this year or early next year. Almost six years after the sensational murder, the UN special investigators have concluded Syria probably ordered the killing and a team of eight men, supported by others and connected to Hezbollah, carried out the actual hit.

The conclusions the commission, originally titled the UN International Independent Investigation Commission, reached are not surprising. In a report soon after Hariri’s assassination, the UN’s first commission chief, Detlef Mehlis, indicated that Syria was behind the killing. Hariri was a “powerful force for change” in Lebanon and “the hope of the international community.” The well-liked, billionaire politician, known for his philanthropy, wanted Syria’s twenty-five year military occupation of his country ended and also wanted Hezbollah disarmed. Which were sufficient reasons for both terrorist entities to want the five-term Lebanese prime minister dead.

But after Mehlis was replaced by the Belgian Serge Brammertz in January, 2006, the UN investigation began “to plod towards nothing.” The Bush White House, which, along withFrance, had urged the UN to investigate Hariri’s murder, became frustrated with its pace. Brammertz, according to people the CBC said had worked for him, “…seemed to be more interested in avoiding controversy than pursuing any sort of investigation…”

“Under his leadership, the commission spent most of its time chasing what turned out to be false leads and disproving wild conspiracy theories,” stated Macdonald.

The question now arises whether Brammertz’s appointment was meant to deliberately hinder the investigation. This conjecture is not beyond the realm of possibility, as it was later believed that Hezbollah had infiltrated the inquiry early in the investigation. And Hezbollah also has friends at the UN who would lend the terrorist entity a helping hand.

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  • henneberg30

    Study Criminal Justice to solve crimes like these check for "United Forensic College". Stop just reading the news and take action and be part of the solution

  • Tamara

    Lebanon used to be a tourism mecca….now, just a mecca mess…dust bowl, concrete jungle…no one in hell would want to live in let alone visit….what ever islam touches, dies!

  • GaryMcAleer

    The bungling wasn't due to inept skill. It was due to the deliberate abandonment of the truth demanded of those who hold the reigns of man in their hands. For centuries, assassinations have taken place whose true cause was never brought to light: from the poisoning of our presidents to the popes of Rome. In our generation we've seen several brutal assassinations. And now included in this grand scheme of the elitists we're seeing the wholesale destruction of American liberty and prosperity: Oklahoma City; 9/11. It's all by design. And as a Christian I believe the only thing that kept America from being swallowed up long ago is the restraining hand of GOD. But one thing I've learned: GOD never stays where He's not wanted. And when He leaves, watch out! This is the Bible's definition of the wrath of GOD: "Woe also to them when I depart from them." Hosea 4:6; 9:12.

    • Tom

      What "poisoning of our presidents" are you referring to?

      • GaryMcAleer

        Tom, William Henry Harrison was poisoned on April 4, 1841. Nine years later after the murder of William Henry Harrison, who served the shortest term in office, only 31 days, Zachary Taylor was poisoned the same way, and died July 9, 1850 by arsenic poisoning. James Buchanan was poisoned as well by arsenic, but he survived. After only four months in office, President Garfield was shot at a railroad station on July 2nd, 1881. Garfield was recovering fully at the hospital when he died mysteriously on August 11, 1881. Then Leon Czolgosz assassinated President William McKinley. McKinley dies 6 days later on September 14, 1901. And you know the others who were murdered. The depths of evil in this present world will only come to light in the Great Judgment day when every man stands before GOD to give an account of their care for His children, or lack thereof.

  • jacob

    LEBANON demise started when it foolishly and stupidly gave refuge to the scum running
    from Jordan's BLACK SEPTEMBER and since, has been sinking until now, Hizballah's
    land and it will take a miracle to restore it to even one tenth to its former splendor….

    As to the HARIRI assassination investigation, just show me a single instance where this useless UN organization accomplished anything and I will call you liar…

    The only thing they are remarkably proficient is in that of condemning ISRAEL 24/7 and
    that of feeding the 60 years old poor GAZA "refugees" myth for reasons actually beyond what it claims to be…

    And back to the HARIRI assassination investigation, what is there to expect from an organization shamelessly in the back pockets of the Arabs ??


  • USMCSniper

    Watch this and then read my comments.

    In the movie "The Good, the Badm and the Ugly" there is a bath scene where Tuco (Eli Wallach) says" " If you are going to shoot, just shoot; don't talk about it!" We talk too much so justified covert assassination operations are not really undertaken, just talked about. Of course the American Imam should be shot on sight. He is a self confessed terrorist killer.