The Washington Post reports on the U.N. investigation into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Harriri, which appears headed towards a year-end indictment of several Hezbollah senior members.
The article, based on documents obtained by the Canadian Broadcasting Company, notes how cell phone records are critical evidence of the Hezbollah connection.
I’ve highlighted a portion of the WSJ article which highlights how Hezbollah (much like Hamas in Gaza) uses hospitals as cover (emphasis mine):
[Wissam] Eid, a former student of computer engineering, had conducted a review of the call records of all cellphones that had been used in the vicinity of the Hotel St. George, where Hariri’s convoy was bombed. He quickly established a network of “red” phones that had been used by the hit squad. He then established links with other small phone networks he suspected of being involved in planning the operation. He traced all the networks back to a landline at Hezbollah’s Great Prophet Hospital in South Beirut, and a handful of government-issued cell phones set aside for Hezbollah.
By the way, Mr. Eid was assassinated in Lebanon after his findings became known.
When I read about people like Richard Goldstone accusing Israel of war crimes, it is like we are living in a world where everything has been turned upside down. Groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, which deliberately use civilians as cover, couldn’t care less, while Israelis are hunted down by the useful idiots of the international legal system.
There is much speculation that war will come to the Middle East again once the senior Hezbollah members are indicted, with a Hezbollah takeover of Beirut being the precipitating event.
And once again Hezbollah will use hospitals and schools and private homes as cover for rocket fire and military coordination.
And once again, the Richard Goldstones of the world will scream “war crime” as Israel tries to defend itself.