Suicide Bombers Strike Near Iranian Cultural Centre in Beirut

News Brief — Feb 19, 2014

Lebanese soldiers secure the scene of the bombing near the Iranian cultural centre. Click to enlarge

Two powerful blasts struck near an Iranian cultural centre in southern Beirut Wednesday, leaving at least 5 dead and many more injured.
The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an offshoot of Al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the blasts
“We tell our people in Syria that Iran’s party won’t enjoy security in Lebanon until you restore security in Syria,” the group said in a statement posted on its Twitter account. Until Hezbollah pulls out of Syria and Sunni militants are released from Lebanese jails, it said, “We will continue targeting Iran and its party in Lebanon in their security, political, and military bases.”
The group has claimed responsibility for a number of other recent bombings in Beirut’s southern suburbs, the bedrock of Hezbollah’s power in the city and home for many of the Shiite movement’s supporters.
As a result new security checkpoints have been set up on southern Beirut’s bustling streets.
Iran’s ambassador said two employees at the country’s cultural centre had been injured in the blasts. While Lebanon’s newly appointed minister of health, Wael Abu Faour, said five people had been killed and 123 injured in the blasts, and that the body parts of what were believed to be two suicide bombers had been found.
The death toll is expected to rise as many of the injured are thought to be in a critical condition.
If nothing else however, the blasts expose the patent absurdity of recent claims by the Obama administration that Iran was assisting elements aligned with Al Qaeda in Syria. Only last week officials from the U.S. Treasury accused Tehran of indirectly supporting Sunni militants fighting to overthrow President Assad, a claim that was dutifully echoed by the U.S. corporate media without question.
Given that the Assad regime is a staunch ally of Tehran, the U.S. claims are obviously baseless. All the more so now in the wake of bombings that seemed to have been deliberately aimed at Iranian interests and allies in Beirut.
What’s more we know the Gulf states, allied with the West have been assisting Al Qaeda aligned groups fighting the Assad regime. So it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that Western interests were involved at some stage.
Apart from the obvious absurdity of U.S. claims, the claims themselves also reveal something of the profound contempt that the current U.S. administration has for ordinary Americans. That administration officials can make such conflicting accusations and expect to be believed speaks volumes about how gullible and stupid they consider most Americans.
Are they right to view their citizens with such disdain? Are the greater mass of Americans really that gullible and compliant? Or is the Obama administration’s obvious contempt for them really a symptom of a ruling power in terminal decline?

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