Below is a translation of a quoted paragraph, from an article appeared in Arabic in the renowned London based daily newspaper Al-Hayat - dated 9th July 2011 by Salim Nassar. The author tried to list the beneficiaries from the 2005 Killing of Rafik Hariri, the ex-Prime Minister of Lebanon (or Rafiq Hariri). He ended his article mentioning the assassination of John F Kennedy i.e. we might not know the truth. Hezbollah, the main named suspect (according to the media) by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, was discussed in three words only.
The funny thing is that article, titled ‘Who benefited from the assassination of Rafik Hariri‘, is made of more than 1300 words in total. Only less than 150 words were addressing the question/subject, and these are the words I quoted below. 150 words only to study the benefits in the assassination, to seven colossal complicated players.
Is that bad journalism? it is bad journalism to me (as a reader). I remember when I was at school, this type of writing used to be labelled ‘out of subject’, and receive a low score.
Obviously, some of the beneficiaries the author listed seemed more logical than others, others were really silly, moreover, I can add to the reasoning in each of his short cases. I think the author missed main points of the arguments, but this is what he said:
It was very difficult to obtain a conclusive answer because of the number of beneficiaries:
The United States are benefiting because the assassination of Hariri, will accelerate the withdrawal of the Syrian forces (as happened) and make the state in Lebanon more independent in its cooperation with Washington.
Iran has a benefit as it finished the owner of the Sunni leadership project in Lebanon, which would have deepened its cooperation with Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
And Syria is a beneficiary because Hariri succeeded with his fortune in winning over its key Sunni figures, including Ghazi Kanaan, the repository of all the secrets of the Syrian state.
And Israel is a beneficiary because Hariri employed his strong ties with Washington and Moscow, Paris and other capitals of the world, for the support of Arab nationalism and the defense of the positions of Syria and Hezbollah.
And Hezbollah is considered a beneficiary because the assassination of Hariri has removed a solid political obstacle.
And the banking and economical institutions are benefiting because Hariri’s fortune was representing a large network of interests that is difficult to cut strands.
And the political ‘Maronitism’ is a beneficiary because it was accusing Hariri of Islamising Lebanon.
Wow, the United Nations must have planned and killed the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri…nice try to think outside the box, but he barely thought of anything.