Who Really Killed Imad Fayez Mughniyeh?

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs

17 February 2008: As America, Israel and our other allies in the Middle East brace for a violent covert or overt military retaliation from Hezbollah, Syria and Iran for the alleged assassination of Imad Fayez Mughniyeh, it is a moral and ethical imperative that Americans, Israelis and our allies know of and understand the undercurrents of what it is that the Arab street have been saying about Hezbollah, Syria and Iran. In being true to a long-existent template, the so-called “mainstream media” in America and the West once again has failed to fully inform the public about the necessary details.

Having been to Kuwait in recent years I know of one Arab source of information which has been consistently cutting-edge and truthful no matter what the apparent cost. That source is Ahmed Al-Jarallah, the editor-in-chief of the Arabic language Dar Al-Seyassah Press and the English-language mirror publication The Arab Times. Al-Jarallah has gone on record describing the dominance of Iran in all things related to terrorism, and its total controlling influence over the present government of Syria. Details will follow, but to know who really killed Imad Mughiyeh we must look to Tehran in order to understand who really killed him, if he was really killed and what true agenda the reported killing is intended to facilitate. The words of Ahmed Al-Jarallah will assist me in telling that story.

The reported assassination of Mughniyeh has as a bottom line result the threat of major covert or military action primarily against Israel – the focus of Iranian, Syrian and Hezbollah claims of responsibility for the alleged killing. America also has been implicated, which is par for the course when it comes to the Ayatollah and his sock-puppet mouthpieces, beginning in Tehran with Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad and ending in Beirut with Hassan Nasrallah.

We have all been aware for quite some time now that the global and regional political and military agenda of the Iranian leadership has emanated from the central and uniquely Shi’a hadith religious impetus surrounding the appearance of the al-Mahdi, the so-called 12th Imam, a child Imam who has been waiting at the bottom of an Iranian water well for the past 1,200 years only to reappear on the world stage as a 40-year old conquering savior. Anything and everything that can be done must be done according to the Iranian eschatology to hasten the appearance of the Mahdi. Among those anythings and everythings engaged in by Iran is the general purpose making stuff up as they go along, the creating of deliberate and deceptive falsehoods as well as staged killings not seen since 1979 which was precipitated by the most prolific Shiite murderer Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Iran, a Shiite precursor al-Mahdi.

Perhaps the alleged killing of Imad Fayez Mughniyeh was just such a deliberately calculated and staged deception. This alleged killing was staged in Damascus, the scheduled site of the upcoming Arab League summit on 29-30 March 2008. At his point I’ll turn to Ahmed Al-Jarallah’s commentary of January 19, 2008 to provide context.

”ARAB leaders and their representatives are heading for Syria although Damascus is sick and has been confined to the intensive care unit in Tehran… and put on life-saving support, although the Arabs have been trying in vain to bring the Syrian regime to their fold. The Syrian regime might have listened to advice if it was alive, but the problem is that the restless regime in Iran is feeding Syria with its expansionist intensions and those who have agreed to abandon their group and surrender their decisions, their blood and their future to Tehran. Therefore, the Arabs will return from Damascus with a bag of high quality lies, part of the deceit which surrounds Damascus because it submits to the dictates of Tehran. To save its face, the regime in Damascus always blames others and accuses them of not cooperating with it. These excuses are worse than the sin itself.”

What goes on in Damascus is controlled completely by the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Before arriving in Damascus about one week ago, Imad Fayez Mughiyeh was in Tehran receiving his orders for upcoming operations – operations clearly intended to preface the Arab League Summit in Damascus at the end of March.

Here now are a series of excerpts from the most recent commentary from Ahmed Al-Jarallah which provide us with some very descriptive analysis dated February 14, 2008 on the Damascus security apparatus the alleged assassins had to overcome in getting to Mughniyeh.

”Israel has allegedly cracked a security strategy created to protect [Mughniyeh] as well as the security system of Hezbollah, which spends around 20 million dollars monthly on its security personnel, protectors and its monitoring and information system. Israel is also said to have succeeded in cracking the security and secret intelligence system of Syria and planted a bomb inside [Mughniyeh’s] car. If Israel is indeed behind all of these events, it would not wait even a single minute to declare its victory, especially after the war in July 2006. It would have distributed photos of such operations through the satellites to show its strength to the whole world.

If the allegations of Hezbollah on the assassination of [Mughniyeh] are true, it only means that Hezbollah has finally acknowledged Israel’s victory. This is a disgrace to Syria as such accusations are tantamount to underestimating its security system considering [Mughniyeh] died in a bomb blast in a residential area in Damascus. On the other hand, if Syria killed [Mughniyeh], it is then logical to conclude that it is a haven for terrorists. [Mughniyeh] carried out his terrorist activities under the pen name ‘Al-Hajj Redwan’. He was later reduced to nothing as he became one of Syria’s sacrifices to protect the image it is trying to project to the US and Israel. As mentioned in an article published last week, Syria regards people as ‘disposables’, who can be thrown away after being used.
Mughaniya served Syria and its Iranian allies. They entrusted him with their secrets and kept his identity a top secret only to be assassinated through a bomb blast like many Lebanese officials. Syria has blamed others for these assassinations but the truth will come out soon just like the secrets of those who worked with Osama Bin Laden. No matter how hard Syria tries to hide the truth, it will definitely come out sooner or later. If Israel is the real assassin, Syria is no longer safe for terrorists but if Syria is the assassin then the resistance [i.e.: terrorist] groups under its wing should no longer trust Syria. Let this serve as a warning to Khalid Meshal [Damascus-based leader of HAMAS] as he is the next target.”

If either postulation is correct regarding Imad Mughniyeh the net result is that Iran, its proxy state Syria and its proxy terrorist groups of Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, HAMAS, and yes, Al Qaeda, have been provided themselves a public relations excuse to launch covert or direct military action against Israel, America and our allies all over the world. Indeed, if we take the Mughniyeh “funeral” statement made by Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah at face value it would seem that the era of ambiguous Islamic terrorism is over, and we are now faced with a declared all-out war with these Islamists. So be it.

At this point it would behoove Syria to immediately take heed of the concluding sentence of Ahmed Al-Jarallah in the first linked article. “Syria will get the lion’s share of this treatment because playing with forbidden tools brings grave consequences.” Indeed. If what the Iranian’s have planned for Israel is launched from Syria then the near-term real estate value of Damascus will soon be not unlike that of the real estate value of Chernobyl, Ukraine.