Hours after the Lebanese army battled a sleeper terrorist cell in north Lebanon, UNIFIL troops in southern Lebanon were targeted in what may have been a suicide attack (LBC). Five Spanish troops were killed and at least three were wounded according to AP. The attack on UNIFIL comes after confessions by terrorists affiliated with the Assad regime revealed plots to attack the peacekeeping force.
Last week, Defense Minister Elias Murr declared victory on Fatah al-Islam but refused to point the finger at the Assad regime "before the dossier was completed". Murr, this blogger believes, is either living in denial or trying to re-align the army after accidentally shifting to the right, on the side of the legitimate Lebanese cabinet. The Siniora cabinet had been briefing the UN Security Council and Arab delegates about the Assad regime's smuggling of terror and weapons through the border over the last couple of weeks. Several Syrian nationals were charged with forming terror groups . However, Murr felt more comfortable pointing the finger at al-Qaeda, warning of sleeper cells, despite the numerous leaks to the press, and a UN security council berating the Assad regime. Murr even refused to deploy international troops along the border with Syria, and nominated army commander Michel Suleiman for the presidency!
Speaking of Arab delegates, the Moussa initiative hit the Assad wall, as we all predicted here. Shortly after news of a Moussa-sponsored dialogue emerged, the Assad regime sent its allies a reminder not to enter into any form of dialogue with the government. Or else.
After the attack on UNIFIL, will the world let Lebanon and UNIFIL slide into a confrontation with Syrian-sponsored terrorists on its soil, or fight the battle at the source?