Security Council votes to create Hariri tribunal

posted at 4:21 pm on May 30, 2007 by Allahpundit

Wonderful news, even if Russia and China couldn’t quite bring themselves to endorse it. This has been Assad’s greatest fear since Rafiq Hariri, the anti-Syrian former prime minister of Lebanon, was assassinated two years ago: all signs point to the Syrian government’s involvement and he knows it and soon the rest of the world will know it too. That’s why people ended up dying every time the UN inched a little closer to approving the tribunal — it was Assad’s version of a shot across the bow, a warning of what could and would happen in Lebanon if the UN went ahead with the investigation. His puppet was already making threats in advance of the vote:

Damascus denies involvement but has indicated it will not cooperate with the court. Washington’s U.N. ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, warned Syria on Tuesday it would face “increased pressure” if it did not do so.

Despite warnings by pro-Syrian Lebanese President Emile Lahoud and others that setting up the court could trigger a fresh wave of violence, Western leaders say it is essential as a matter of principle to try Hariri’s murderers…

Lebanese authorities are currently holding eight people over the Hariri killing. They are four pro-Syrian generals who headed Lebanese security departments at the time and four members of a small Syrian-backed Sunni Muslim group alleged to have played a role in monitoring Hariri’s movements.

The celebrations in Lebanon had already begun by the time of the vote this afternoon. The government’s imposed a ban on gunfire and fireworks for the time being for fear of it being used as a pretext for bomb-throwing between the pro- and anti-Syrian sides, so the anti-Syrians have come up with something better:

The slain leader’s supporters began celebrating in Rafik Hariri’s hometown in the southern city of Sidon more than six hours before the Security Council was to meet in New York to vote on the tribunal resolution.

Carrying Lebanese flags and pictures of Hariri, supporters set up what they called “love checkpoints” in Sidon’s main roads and intersections handing out sweets and flowers to motorists.

Lebanese journo-blogger Abu Kais rejoices but notes that there’s still a long road ahead before the tribunal is formed. He’s also hearing reports of an explosion already in Beirut. Stand by for possible/likely updates.

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Update: Let the veiled threats issue forth!

Update: The right-wing blogosphere’s best Lebanon reporter weighs in.


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This WOULD be wonderful news if only the UN had some kind of credibility.

Enrique on May 30, 2007 at 4:24 PM

Send in Pelosi.

Wade on May 30, 2007 at 4:25 PM

This WOULD be wonderful news if only the UN had some kind of credibility.

Enrique on May 30, 2007 at 4:24 PM

+1

As good as this is, I mean come on….. it’s the UN we’re talking about.

liquidflorian on May 30, 2007 at 4:29 PM

This has been Assad’s greatest fear since Rafiq Hariri, the anti-Syrian former prime minister of Lebanon, was assassinated two years ago: all signs point to the Syrian government’s involvement and he knows it and soon the rest of the world will know it too.

I’m not as confident as you regarding the rest of the world soon knowing it too when the UN is involved. It’s asking a lot to believe they will be fair and impartial. In fact, with the UN, it wouldn’t surprise me if they reached the opposite conclusion, regarldess of how much evidnece proving Syria’s involvement is uncovered.

thirteen28 on May 30, 2007 at 4:29 PM

Please run this story and right below it show a picture of Nancy Pelosi happily sitting next to him during her little foreign policy experiment a few weeks back.

Zetterson on May 30, 2007 at 4:33 PM

It’s going to get very dicey in Lebanon before that Tribunal even sits.

The attacks by Fatah al-Islam – that many Lebanese believe were instigated by Syria – are only the beginning. What will Hizbullah do? They’re still sitting in front of the Grand Serail, and could storm the government building at a moments notice. I have no doubt that Nasrallah will call for another massive demonstration before too long. This could be used as a cover to take out Siniora and his ministers.

Then what? The UN would be stuck with a Tribunal that a new government in Lebanon doesn’t want. One thing is certain. Assad is not finished. It appears more and more that his survival depends on the destruction of the Tribunal. Why is anybody’s guess. But he’s fighting tooth and nail to keep it from sitting.

rick moran on May 30, 2007 at 4:42 PM

liquidflorian,

As good as this is, I mean come on….. it’s the UN we’re talking about.

Your statement has a great deal of truth in it. However this is no longer the UN under the corrupt communist Secretary General Coffee Kan Anon, if Ban Ki Moon is anything like the Korean’s I went to college with in the 80”s there are going to be some very major changes at the UN. All of the Korean grad students I worked with were extremely honest insanely hard working and just plain wouldn’t put up with incompetence or dishonesty. Up until recently I was ready to give the UN the boot right out of America and withdraw America from the corrupt UN, now that Ban Ki is Secretary General am willing to wait and see what he does. The fact that he has pushed this through may indicate that he is a man of principals and integrity and will demand no less from those working in the UN.

doriangrey on May 30, 2007 at 4:58 PM

‘sup with the eye brows?

Alden Pyle on May 30, 2007 at 8:01 PM

I got $5 that says the Lebanese parliament votes against the tribunal – for the showdown.

Seixon on May 30, 2007 at 8:51 PM