Cheney, Abrams, Saudis Built Up the Fatah al-Islam Group Now Attacking Lebanon

23 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Cheney, Abrams, Saudis Built Up the Fatah al-Islam Group Now Attacking Lebanon</h1><p>May 23 (LPAC)--According to a well-informed Lebanese political figure, the Fatah al-Islam group is led by the Saudis, and had been supported by the Saudis until it became associated with al-Qaeda, after which the Saudi authorities have tried to crack down on it. The Saudi nationals in the leadership, about 60-70, received their military training and were active in Iraq, which country they have entered through mountain passes.</p><p>Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, in a CNN International-TV interview this morning, elaborated that the Bush Administration, and the Saudis--"an agreement among Vice President Dick Cheney, Deputy National Security Advisor Elliot Abrams, and Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi national security advisor"--built up and armed the Fatah al-Islam terrorists. Turning these Sunni radicals loose against the Shi'ite Hezbollah, and thus "against Iran," Hersh says, was part of a Cheney strategy which also drew in the Siniora government in Lebanon which is now being attacked by the same radicals. "We're in the business of supporting the Sunnis anywhere we can, against the Shi'a.... We're in the business of creating ... sectarian violence," Hersh charged of the Bush-Cheney White House. Fatah al-Islam is "a covert program we joined in, with the Saudis, as part of a bigger, broader program of doing everything we could to stop the spread of the Shi'a world, and it just simply--it bit us in the rear," Hersh said.</p><p>The Lebanese source, who was with the Prosecutor General in Beirut when the current Tripoli crisis escalated, said some Saudi elements of the group were captured and interrogated by the Lebanese and Saudis, who sent a team in for the purpose. The leader of the group, known as Talhah, was sought, and the Lebanese Interior Ministry security forces said they had identified his whereabouts. That is when they surrounded and attacked the building in Tripoli. However, Talhah was not there.</p><p>When the attack occurred, the Fatah al-Islam group responded by attacking the Lebanese Army, and this led to the escalation. Prime Minister Fouad Siniora called on the army to move in to defend the country, etc. The army did move, but underestimated the numbers and strength of the Fatah al-Islam group, thinking it was only about 200 strong.</p></div></body>