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How Iran Lost Lebanon and the U.S.
Inherited Another Nightmare
Kabuki show being carried out by Secretary of State Rice and the Speaker of the
Lebanese Parliament, Nabih Berri, during their meeting on July 24 requires a
reality check. Berri is not the
helpful Lebanese negotiating partner that news reports of Rice’s stage-managed
world would suggest. Rather, he is
a longtime tool of the United States’ intelligence community and has served as a
go between for Republican Administrations to Iran since the early 1980s. He has been a paid U.S. intelligence
asset and members of the his family have been resettled in the United States as
part of his deal with the CIA according, to top-level intelligence sources.
insight into the situation in Lebanon comes from an email message I received
recently from an American-born Islamic terrorist who lives in Tehran who has
been a reliable source over the years.
The source, Dawud Salahuddin (born David Belfield) is an African-American
who was originally recruited by Iran to kill the former press spokesman for the
Shah of Iran outside Washington in 1980.
the murder, Salahuddin was inexplicably allowed to escape to Tehran. He later fought in Afghanistan and
carried out numerous intelligence missions for Iran’s revolutionary government
over the last 26-years. He also
played a major role in preventing an assassination attempt against President
Clinton during the President’s visit to Bosnia in 1996 by providing warnings
that allowed the Secret Service and military to limit Clinton’s exposure. It is well worth noting what Salahuddin says because he
understands Iranian thinking far better than any couch-bound pundit you will
hear pontificating on the cable networks.
wrote from Tehran on July 26:
did notice Citizen Nabih with Secretary Rice but don't think that Hezbollah is
surprised with his age-old affiliations. Bear in mind the historical sequences
of Shi'a militia groups/political parties. It starts with Amal in the late 70s
co-founded by the disappeared Musa Sadr (Iranian origin), Mustapha Chamran
(Iranian origin and an outstanding person) and Nabih Berri.
1981 following the disappearance of Sadr and the death of Chamran in the Iraq
war, Amal splits into Amal and the counterpart Islamic-Amal led primarily by
young clerics who did not like Nabih's worldly, secular ways--stark cultural
differences--after all he is a Paris trained lawyer. Islamic-Amal morphed into
Hezbollah with the 1982 Israeli invasion and has remained so ever since. You
might remember some pretty heavy fighting between the two sides in the mid
1980s--so I don't think Hezbollah would be very surprised by his [Berri’s]
the [current] Sunni-Shi’a war in Iraq [I] believe it to be a prelude to the
division of that country into three distinct states--one of those
behind[-]the[-]curtain US-Saud dealings that has gulf Arab support because of
the sizable Shi’a populations in all the UAE states and even Kuwait (20-25% is
probably the proportioning of Shi’a in Saudi) so nobody wants to see a Shi’a
dominated state in Iraq and the implications of that with Iran next door.
far from the oil states delivering anything to Hezbollah I believe the ruling
elites to be complicit with the Israelis simply because they can't afford to be
seen as being outdone by Hezbollah and even Hamas--both non-state volunteer
actors with very limited resources--in being anti-Zionist and it is much easier
for them and Egypt too [sic] have them eliminated which I am sure was a good
part of the Saudi Foreign Minister's visit to Washington.
the Iranians sit sullen and perhaps now understand just what they gave away with
Ahmadinejad's "wipe Israel off the map" rhetoric--the very keys to the
destruction of Hezbollah in which the Americans are playing a hyper, pro-active
role and the utter destruction of Lebanon for the second time in 25 years,
ensuring that the Americans will now rule that roost if anyone dares to reinvest
in its re-building. And all the while the Saudi 900-pound gorilla gets on with
dismembering Iraq with the US talking of building and strengthening of nascent
democracy but in fact complicit in that country's
Salahuddin’s greatest concerns come in response to the Washington Post’s scary
recent story about a new Pakistani plutonium facility now under construction.
While experts we have spoken to say the claims in the story that the plant can
produce the fissile material for up to 50 warheads a year is an exaggeration
(more likely 10-20 a year) the news is still dire. While the Bush Administration
claims Pakistan to be a friend, intelligence sources we have been in contact
with state flatly that the Taliban and al Qaeda are being protected by the
all-powerful Pakistani intelligence service – the ISA. David Armstrong, our
nuclear expert and colleague at the National Security News Service, has strong
new evidence that the U.S. government was complicit in the Pakistani nuclear
program going back to the 1970’s.
take on the Pakistani plutonium facility was simple: “…if any one has any
smarts, they will vaporize the Pakistani facility immediately if it is not
already too late.”
can learn much more about Nabih Berri in an upcoming book Susan Trento and I
co-authored, Unsafe At Any Altitude, which will be published by Steerforth Press
want to get a look at Dawud Salahuddin, he played the kindly doctor in the
critically acclaimed 2001 film Kandahar, which dramatically shows the brutality
of the Taliban’s cruelty. The film is available on video and shows up on
cable. In the film – which is based
on real events – Salahuddin’s character Tabib Sahib is a fugitive
African-American who went to Afghanistan to find God. Salahuddin took the acting
name of Hassan Tantai.
Copyright © 2003-2006 Public Education Center, Inc. All rights
www.publicedcenter.org This essay is herein
reprinted with the author's permission.
has spent more than 35 years as an investigative journalist, working
with both print and broadcast outlets and writing extensively on national
security issues. Before joining the National Security News Service in 1991,
Trento worked for CNN's Special Assignment Unit, the Wilmington News
Journal, and prominent journalist Jack Anderson. Trento has received six
Pulitzer nominations and is the author of five books, the most recent of which
is The Secret
History of the CIA. He regularly publishes a blog at www.storiesthatmatter.org
Posted August 05, 2006
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