Detlev Mehlis, the German judge investigating the assassination of Rafik Hariri, has confirmed what we all knew from the rumors: Assad had him whacked.
Mehlis revealed during the interview, which was carried by many local news agencies, that the main reason for the order was UN Resolution 1559, which took aim at Syria.
He said witness testimonies gathered by his commission indicate that "the structure of the Syrian regime does not allow such a crime to be carried out without explicit orders from Assad".
Mehlis stressed the importance of testimony given by Abdelhalim Kheddam, a former Syrian vice president who fled the country.
Meanwhile, Libération is reporting that his son, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, has fled to France following US and Saudi intelligence warnings that he might be assassinated by the Syrian regime to trigger war in Lebanon. The plan, apparently, was to distract the world so better for Assad to continue shooting his own people.
Oh, Assad, what happened to you? We used to think you were just a wussy, mild-mannered, bewildered ophthalmologist. Now you're the Caligula of the Levant. Where did your parents go wrong?