Bashar Hafez al-Assad is behind the car bomb in Beruit, which has killed the head of the Information Branch of Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces, Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, and seven others. At least that is what former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri would have us believe. However, as he provides us with no real evidence, and as it is difficult to sense what the government in Damascus could possibly gain from such an attack, it might be appropriate to consider other theories.
Indeed, the Oxford historian, Mark Almond, might be closer to the truth when he says, “the more the neighbors of Syria seem to be destabilized by the fighting inside Syria… the easier it is to make an argument that some kind of international intervention must come about in order to keep the peace.” Of course, there is already an intervention, or rather interference, in Syria’s affairs and what Mr Almond means here is a full-scale intervention to remove the Assad government from power.
Therefore, while it remains difficult to see what the government in Damascus can possibly gain from yesterday’s bomb, simple deduction might lead us to the conclusion that only those who have been working hard to overthrow Assad could profit from this act of terror. That is why, with Lebanese security officials saying that apart from the eight people killed 60 were wounded, 20 of them critically, and, with the bomb exploding in an area packed with cafes and shops, where afterwards there “were emergency teams picking flesh off the railings”, it can hardly be expected that the real perpetrators of this crime are not particularly interested in the kind of Syria that will emerge post Assad. Indeed, the scenario for the entire region becomes increasingly worrying.