October 21, 2005
UN Report on Hariri's Assassination is out
The report of the international investigative commission on Hariri's death is now available on the Internet here (at the Washington Post site) - as Asad Abu Khalil notes in another unparagraphed but interesting novel-length ramble, the version as of the time when I downloaded it still has all the "track changes" information attached, at least the last revision's worth. If the Post ever gets around to fixing this mistake (if it's a mistake) I'll upload the red-ink version I have on my laptop. Among the more amusing not-quite-redacted bits:
Certain Lebanese media had the unfortunate and constant tendency to spread rumors, nurture speculation, offer information as facts without prior checking and at times use materials obtained under dubious circumstances, from sources that had been briefed by the Commission, thereby creating distress and anxiety among the public at large and hindering the Commission’s work when the focus should have been mostly on security issues.
The streets are almost quiet in Beirut, as everyone waits for the other shoe to drop. Yesterday, there was apparently a rush on all the gas stations, as the rumor spread that Syria was going to cut off the pipeline through which Lebanon gets all its oil. Michael Totten and The Lebanese Political Journal both have good atmospheric takes.
Posted by tomscud at October 21, 2005 09:48 AM
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Looks like they're offering a PDF version of it now, though the Word doc is still on their server at that URL.
Posted by: eerie at October 21, 2005 05:13 PM