January 1, 2006

GOTTA USE YOUR CHALABI IF YOU'VE GOT ONE:

Exile enrages Syria by linking Assad to Hariri assassination (Harry de Quetteville, 02/01/2006, Daily Telegraph)

Syria's ruling Ba'ath party yesterday expelled one of the country's most senior politicians after he implicated President Bashar al-Assad in an assassination plot last year.

The party denounced Abdel-Halim Khaddam, 73, a former vice-president and a stalwart of the Ba'ath regime, as a traitor to the "party, the homeland and the Arab nation" for his remarks. Earlier the Syrian parliament had called for him to be put on trial for high treason. [...]

Mr Khaddam also used the interview to re-brand himself from old-guard Ba'athist to new-style reformer, saying he had resigned because the pace of change in Syria was too slow for him and that he wanted to serve his "motherland" not a "regime".

In Lebanon his remarks have been greeted as confirmation that Mr Assad ordered Mr Hariri's murder.

But in Syria they have seen as the comments of an opportunist seeking to set himself up as a potentially Western-backed rival to Mr Assad.


This time we'll hopefully have a transitional government up and ready to go right after the regime change.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 1, 2006 11:31 PM
Comments

It's really a shame when people start telling the truth, it's it?

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 2, 2006 4:14 AM

. . . and in public, no less!

Posted by: obc at January 2, 2006 11:38 AM
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