Syria: US and Western Press Eat SeriousCrow
An amazing turn of events in the Syria-Lebanon-Hariri matter has been unfolding in the last week. Most of it has (not suprisingly) gone under the radar until the NYTimes put it on the front page today.
Turns out that guy who said he saw the Syrian intelligence van being packed with explosives, and that Assad's half-brother was involved, and who quoted the Syrian official talking about an impending "earthquake" - was spinning dangerous tales. And he's not alone, it seems all the main stories contained in the so-called "damning," "conclusive" UN Report condemning Syria for assassinating their neighbor's President was all Bullshit! OOOPPPS!!!
And this comes on a day contained another great 1, 2 combo. First, the US State Department, no doubt told to stay on the offiensive, came out withy a ridicuous new low, saying saying "Syria is on the side of terrorists." A bit later Syria happens to have a friendly shoot-out bust with said Islamic terrorists, leaving 6 wounded and disrupting a deadly group.
But the real story is that the NY Times has finally broken the Western Press's silence on the matter of the diappearing case against Syria. Not only has the main "witness" flipped sides, but the other 3 are no longer credible:
>NYTIMES, DEC 7, 2005
DAMASCUS, Syria, Dec. 6 - The United Nations investigation into the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri, is beginning to show some cracks: one witness is dead, another is in jail and still another has recanted his testimony with a fantastic story of abduction, drugging and bribery.
(the developments)" have at least raised questions about the validity of crucial evidence supporting the charge that the Syrian state was responsible for Mr. Hariri's assassination, according to Western diplomats based in Syria and a draft of an interim report by the United Nations investigator, Detlev Mehlis."