While Amr Moussa is going around the country wishing upon a star, hoping to separate the Lebanese file from the "regional" by sponsoring dialogue, Assad's proxies are renewing their threats to make the "Lebanese pay a heavy price" if Lebanon dared to monitor its border with Syria.
In a statement issued today, the pro-Syrian SSNP accused the "government team" of trying to abort the Arab initiative by involving the Arab delegation in fabricated reports about arms smuggling through the Syrian border. The SSNP accused Siniora of fabricating confessions of detained Fatah al-Islam fighters linking the Assad regime to terror plots. The statement said "this is proof of escalation against Syria and [attempt to] sow division among Arabs, in service of an American agenda".
The SSNP warned about "turning Lebanon into a passage way for anti-Syrian conspiracies under the pretext of deploying international troops along the border with Syria," adding that this violates Lebanese security, and that Syria "can protect its security, stability and sovereignty, and whenever it feels that Lebanon turned into a source of threats, it will not hesitate to shut the gates of evil". The statement added that "the Lebanese will pay a heavy price".
وحذر من "خطورة جعل لبنان مقرا وممرا للمؤامرات على سوريا تحت مظلة نشر قوات دولية، لأن في ذلك استباحة لأمن لبنان واللبنانيين قبل أن يكون استهدافا لسوريا. فسوريا تستطيع حماية أمنها واستقرارها وسيادتها، وحينما تشعر أن لبنان تحول مصدر تهديد لها، فلن تتأخر عن إغلاق أبواب الشر، وهذا ما سيدفع اللبنانيون ثمنه باهظا".
This bit about Lebanon becoming a passage way for anti-Syrian conspiracies is straight out of Bashar's war declaration speech. You will also recall that several SSNP members were arrested in connection with ongoing investigations into terrorist bombs. A truck load of weapons and explosives was found in their possession.
The SSNP statement is a renewed promise of terror if the Lebanese government continues to oppose Syrian designs. The bit about "closing the gates of of evil" is probably a threat to close the last remaining legitimate border crossing with Lebanon, in what Anton Effendi aptly called "economic terrorism".
Meanwhile, four people—3 of whom are Syrian nationals—were charged today with attempting to murder Defense Minister Elias El Murr on July 12, 2005. All 3 Syrian nationals have left the country. In related news, 10 Syrians, 3 Palestinians, 2 Lebanese and 1 Saudi were charged with forming a terrorist gang and carrying out the Ain Alaq terrorist bombing on February 13th. Fatah al-Islam leader Shaker al-Absi is among the accused.