Rounding up the usual suspect

Syrian Vice President Abdel-Halim Khaddam has blamed Monday’s car bomb in Beirut that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri on… do I really need to finish the sentence?

Asked about Syria’s alleged role in Hariri’s death, Khaddam said, “The Israelis have assassinated an entire people [the Palestinians] and an entire region. So we should expect the worst from them.”

Khaddam did not explain why Israel would want to murder someone who had joined in calling for Syria to withdraw its 14,000 troops in Lebanon and stop interfering in Lebanese affairs, as demanded by a UN Security Council resolution.