The powerful terrorist bombing in Beirut’s Christian quarter of Ashrafiyeh, which occurred yesterday (Oct 19, 2012) and which led to the death of 8 people and the injury of around 120 others, targeted the chief of Lebanon’s Intelligence Unit of the Internal Security Forces, Col. Wissam Hassan.
Hassan, a Sunni Muslim, was instrumental in providing a security cover for the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) terrorists taking refuge in northern Lebanon, an area used as a staging ground to launch attacks against the Syrian regime forces inside Syria.
Wissam Hassan was no friend of the Syrian regime, a fact that renders him unwanted by the Syrian government and by Hezbollah in Lebanon. However, Wissam Hassan was also instrumental in busting several Mossad spy cells inside Lebanon, a fact that makes him hostile to Israel’s intelligence agency as well.
The main beneficiary from killing Hassan in a Christian neighborhood in Lebanon is Israel as it puts the Assad regime and Hezbollah as the primary suspects for his killing and for targeting a Christian residential area, which turns Christian support that Assad received from Lebanon against him. It also creates further divisions inside Lebanon and leads to the country’s destabilization with potential sectarian civil war looming in the horizon. At the same time, Israel would have gotten rid of someone hindering the operation of its spy network in Lebanon. It’s a slam dunk for Israel.
This is a typical “divide and conquer” strategy.The large number of FSA terrorists wandering almost freely in northern Lebanon is worrisome. FSA could be part of the execution of this terrorist bombing in Beirut due to the presence of these terrorists inside Lebanon. The bombing itself is reminiscent of the Jabhat an-Nusra (Syrian al-Qaeda) bombings that targeted Aleppo and Damascus recently. In 2005, a similar joint CIA-Mossad operation that killed ex-prime minister Rafik al-Hariri took place and led to the rise to power of a Western-backed alliance that was opposed to Syria. After this Western-backed March 14 coalition lost its power in Lebanon in 2011, the West is trying to regain control of Lebanon through another false flag attack to frame the Syrian government and to facilitate the March 14 Alliance regaining control of the Lebanese government.