Sunday, October 16, 2005

Syria: The Kanaan Conundrum

From our Newsweek article: Buried With Secrets, 16 Oct 2005
Ghazi Kanaan shot himself in the mouth -- or not.

Did he kill himself or was he killed? Had he blown the whistle on massive corruption, or did he just get too greedy? Could he have been the man behind the sensational murder of a former Lebanese prime minister, or was he going to rat out the real killer? Damascus is an Orwellian wonderland of rewritten histories and untrue facts, so when the regime there announced last week that Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan had taken his own life, there were very few points on which intelligence analysts, diplomats and politicians could agree. Except one: Kanaan knew too much. ...

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