Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Syria’s news agency announced that interior minister Ghazi Kanaan has committed suicide. Kanaan was also Syria’s powerful intelligence chief in Lebanon, literally the virtual ruler of the country.
Now, there is a rule in the Middle East that says as follows: never believe the news of the suicide of some politician. “They killed him”. That was my first reaction when I read the news headline and I believe it will be the reaction of many across the region, especially in Lebanon.
Al Arabiya website stated that Kanaan, who was questioned in the investigation of Rafik Hariri’s assassination, mentioned that he was willing to provide information provided that he be outside Syria. Ummm, I’m smelling something here.
So the questions we have are: If Kanaan was killed, why was he killed? What information did he know? Did Kanaan know about Hariri’s assassination plot before it happened? Was Kanaan willing to speak out in order to save himself?
I just can’t imagine how stupid the Syrian thugs can become. “Committing suicide” is such a very old way of getting rid of unwanted politicians in the Middle East. Can’t the Syrians come up with something new?