Saturday, October 15, 2005

Suicide 100 percent

Nobody believes that Ghazi Kenaan committed suicide, or as Damascus Attorney General Mohammad al-Louji called it "Suicide 100 percent". So who murdered him, and why? The Zionists and their fellow travelers claim it was because he knew too much about the assassination of Rafik Hariri, and how much the Syrian government is implicated in it, but it seems very odd to leave his removal for having that kind of information to so late a time. The anti-Zionists claim that the Mossad did him in because he knew too much about American/Israeli participation in the assassination of Hariri, but that is even less likely as he undoubtedly would have revealed such involvement by now. Here's a good theory from Joshua Landis (see also here):

"Was Ghazi Kanaan setting himself up to be Bashar's alternative? Could he have been the Alawite 'Musharrif' that some American's and Volker Perthes suggested would take power from the House of Asad and bring Syria back into America's and the West's good graces. I have heard from several people that 'high ranking Syrians' have been complaining to people at the National Security Council and elsewhere that they are very distressed by the mistakes Bashar al-Asad has made and the terrible state of US-Syrian relations.

Could Ghazi have been setting himself up as the alternative to Bashar? Could the Syrian government believe he might have been? We don't know, but here goes the possible speculation. He is known to have had good relations with Washington, when he held the Lebanon portfolio. He visited DC. Two of his four sons went to George Washington University in DC."

and (my emphasis):

"Kanaan was the most senior Alawi official left in government of the Hafiz's generation. He had served as an intelligence chief and minister of interior giving him influence over and knowledge of all branches of the security forces - intelligence and police. If Washington were to turn to anyone to carry out a coup against Bashar, it would have to place Ghazi Kanaan on the top of its list.

Could Kanaan have been assassinated in order to prevent him from challenging Bashar? We may never know, but it is possible.

Bashar al-Asad has been clamping down on all possible rivals. Civil society has been all but silenced since the June Baath Party conference. The Atasi forum shut down. Evidently Anwar al-Bunni, Damascus' leading civil rights lawyer and advocate is presently in hiding so he would be arrested. All emerging political movements have been broken up during the past several months. The Kurds are under intense pressure as are all Islamic organizations. Bashar's strongest suit is that there is not alternative to his rule. Washington must either accept him as president or tempt the fates that Syria will collapse into some form of social chaos. Now that Ghazi Kanaan is no longer alive, it is hard to imagine another Alawi in the government who would have the authority, knowledge, or standing to pull off a coup."

Did the neocons have Kanaan lined up as Syria's Chalabi, a friend ready to be Washington's stooge in Damascus after an American-engineered coup? Did Bashar find out about it time to take the only logical step to preserve his regime?