Who’s backing who?

Military hardware is on its way to Lebanon to help the military fight the Saudi backed armed “terrorists” that the Lebanese government allowed into Lebanon in the first place, in the hope that they would attack Hizbollah.

Anyway, it’s well worth checking EDB’s latest post on the background to the current flare-up in Lebanon. It details how Fatah al-Islam has been armed and encouraged by the Siniora/Hariri forces in Lebanon as a counterweight to Hizbollah, quoting Seymour Hersh’s New Yorker piece from back in January:

Alastair Crooke, who spent nearly thirty years in MI6, the British intelligence service, and now works for Conflicts Forum, a think tank in Beirut, told me, ‘The Lebanese government is opening space for these people to come in. It could be very dangerous.’

Now for the wingnuts who still believe that Syria is behind this.

Crooke said that one Sunni extremist group, Fatah al-Islam, had splintered from its pro-Syrian parent group, Fatah al-Intifada, in the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp, in northern Lebanon. Its membership at the time was less than two hundred. ‘I was told that within twenty-four hours they were being offered weapons and money by people presenting themselves as representatives of the Lebanese government’s interests—presumably to take on Hezbollah,’ Crooke said.

You couldn’t make this stuff up.

On the other hand, there might be a method to the madness.