Wednesday, December 04, 2013
'Who Was That Maked Man'? - Senior Hezbollah Commander Assassinated
No, unfortunately, it wasn't Sheik Nasrallah..but it was a nice target all the same.
Hassan al-Laqis was gunned down near his house in Beirut as he was coming home from work last night, according to Hezbollah. And by the way, notice the Hezbollah flag on the police tape at the crime scene, a warning that Hezbollah controls the crime scene and is vetting who enters and who doesn't.
Now there's no telling what that 'work' consisted of, but Laqis was formerly one of the main commanders of Hezbollah’s rockets division in charge of firing missiles at Israel which caused major damage during the the 2006 Second Lebanon War ...and he had since been promoted The Lebanese media claims that Israel tried to assassinate him during the war and failed, which is worth about what you'd think it's worth.
Hezbollah, of course, is blaming Israel for the hit, and the Israelis are of course denying it.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor denied that Israel was involved, the Associated Press reported.
“Israel has nothing to do with this incident,” Palmor said. “These automatic accusations are an innate reflex with Hezbollah. They don’t need evidence, they don’t need facts, they just blame anything on Israel.”
Now far be it from me to contradict the Israeli Foreign ministry, but the Lebanese papers are reporting that al-Laquis took five shots in the head and neck according to Lebanon's Daily Star. With an assault rifle, while he was sitting in his car in the parking lot. At midnight. Now, that's pretty good shooting, calling for a highly trained operative capable of getting off that many shots (and head shots no less) in a matter of seconds, which is pretty much how the IDF and Mossad train them...but that in itself doesn't prove anything. On the other hand, the word is that al-Laquis was left alive and died in a local hospital, which definitely doesn't sound like IDF or Mossad procedure in these kind of operations.
According to the Daily Star a group of Sunni Jihadis know as the “Free Sunni Brigades in Baalbek” claimed responsibility for the hit.
Sunni groups also claimed responsibility for blowing up the Iranian embassy in Beirut a few weeks ago, a delicious irony considering the support Iran gives to Islamic terrorism...including their proxy Hezbollah. In any event, al-Laquis is taking the dirt nap, and one only hopes the bullets were coated in pork fat when they entered his body.
Good riddance, and congrats to whomever took out the garbage.