Monday, August 13, 2012
The long view: A video allegedly shows Samaha transporting explosives from a car in an underground car park
By Robert Fisk
"....Among those who dwell in the deep politics of Lebanon, however, there are other thoughts. New sanctions have been levelled against a Syrian oil firm. Sanctions were taken against Lebanese Hezbollah two days ago. Madame Clinton is raging against Assad but doing nothing. Leon Panetta, the cliché-laden US Defence Secretary, said the battle for Aleppo was "the nail in the coffin" of the Assad regime. But right now the armed revolutionaries are retreating. In the end, it's all about Iran, the target of Qatar's and Saudi Arabia's and America's and Israel's suspicion and hatred. Break Iran – via Syria.
So how does the arrest of an Assad intimate, Michel Samaha, fit into all this? Just another rusty nail in the coffin?....."