Rafik Al Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon, was murdered today along with scores of other people in a car blast. May his sould rest in peace.
Who was behind the attack? What was there to gain? No one is sure yet, but accusations have been pointed once again to the usual suspects. It is interesting to see the reactions of different forces:
This murder today is a terrible reminder that the Lebanese people must be able to pursue their aspirations and determine their own political future free from violence and intimidation and free from Syrian occupation. Scott McClellan, White House spokesman
I cannot say for certain that Syria is behind this attack but there are many groups which could have carried it out. There is no doubt that Syria, which supports [the Lebanese Shia militia] Hezbollah, [the radical Palestinian groups] Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other groups that are opposed to the democratisation of the Middle East, is uncomfortable with the prospect of elections in Lebanon and the last thing they want is to be forced to leave Lebanon. Silvan Shalom, Israeli foreign minister
An organised terrorist structure such as the Zionist regime has the capacity for such an operation whose aim is to undermine the unity of Lebanon. [Iran] vigorously condemns the terrorist action ... which cost the life of Rafik Hariri. [Lebanon should be vigilant] to prevent the Zionist regime from carrying out its sinister and expansionist projects in the region. Hamid Reza Asefi, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman
The Syrian government and people stand alongside brotherly Lebanon in this dangerous situation and convey our sincerest condolences to the family of Mr Hariri and the families of the other victims. Bashar al-Assad, Syrian President