Interior Minister Brigadier General Ghazi Kenaan "committed suicide" today. He was the Syrian intelligence chief in Lebanon from 1982 to 2003, presiding over Syrian control of that nation. He had been a suspect in the assasination of Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri. Ironically or prophetically, he had told a caller inquiring about the UN investigation,
"I think this is the last statement I might give," Kenaan said at the end of the phone interview with Voice of Lebanon.
Gee... does anyone really think he did this himself? Or did he meet the same fate as Stalin's ex—associates, who also had a habit of "committing suicide"? Or of the Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal, who also "committed suicide" in Baghdad by shooting himself numerous times (quite a trick) because Saddam Hussein thought it expedient that Nidal be eliminated.
History is filled with tyrants who have "suicided" people who could cause them problems later on (Hitler, Stalin, Hussein and now Bashar Assad. A good company that Assad keeps. And this is the man the New York Times glowingly profiled ($link)a few weeks ago in their Sunday Magazine.
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