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The Strange Death of Anna Lindh
Christopher Bollyn - American Free Press 26 Sept. 2003
DID MOSSAD ASSASSINATE ANNA LINDH?
Sweden’s popular foreign minister Anna Lindh is the third high-ranking Swedish political opponent of Zionism to have been murdered since 1948, which raises the question: Was Lindh assassinated because of her outspoken opposition to Israel’s occupation of Palestine?
When Sweden’s foreign minister Anna Lindh was brutally stabbed by an unknown assailant while shopping in an upscale Stockholm department store, it marked the third murder in 55 years of a high-level Swedish opponent of Zionist aggression in Palestine.
While the controlled press was quick to point out an unidentified suspect, later released, with alleged ties to “neo-Nazis,” it has virtually ignored the historical precedents that suggest that the killing of Lindh may have been an assassination aimed at silencing an influential political opponent of the Zionist extremists who control the Israeli government and wield great influence in Washington.
Anna Lindh’s Sweden “has had more of an impact on Palestinian history than closer or greater powers throughout the world,” Hanan Ashrawi, the Palestinian professor and negotiator, wrote after the murder.
The death of Lindh and the late UN representative in Baghdad, Sergio Vieira de Mello, represents the loss of “two voices who called with determination for salvaging the UN’s role in Iraq and for implementing its resolutions in Palestine,” Bouthaina Shaaban, a minister in the new Syrian government, wrote in The Daily Star (Lebanon).
Shaaban noted that Lindh had:-
· Called upon the European Union, on April 3, 2002, to sever ties with Israel in protest against Israeli practices;
· Called on US President George W. Bush to deny Sharon unconditional support, as this would inflame the Middle East;
· Stressed that the only solution in the Middle East rested in ending the Israeli occupation (otherwise everybody would become a hostage to the conflict);
· Played an important role in shaping the EU’s decision to adopt a policy toward Palestinian President Yasser Arafat different from that of the U.S.;
· Confirmed the importance of Arafat as a partner in the peace process, rejecting Washington’s claims that he supported terrorism;
· Stood firmly against the war on Iraq;
· And warned of the dangers of changing another country’s regime without the support of international law.
Regarding weapons of mass destruction, Lindh called for the creation of a Middle East free of such weapons, including Israel. Lindh strongly opposed the Anglo-American aggression and occupation of Iraq.
A GLOBAL LOSS
Sweden’s effect on the Middle East “has been consistently constructive, positive, and human with a deep-seated tradition of fairness, justice, and peaceful intervention,” Ashrawi wrote, “Unfortunately, three such Swedish champions had met with violent and untimely deaths, each a tragedy unto itself, but a national and global loss in the larger scheme of things.”
On the ill-fated day Lindh had gone with a friend to Nordiska Kompaniet (NK) a few blocks from the parliament building on Sept. 10 to buy an outfit for an upcoming televised debate on the European common currency, the Euro. Lindh’s image had appeared on posters in Sweden for the “yes” campaign she supported.
Although there was no recognizable leader for the “no” side, opinion polls before the Sept. 14 referendum showed 53 percent of Swedish women remained opposed to the Euro, with only 29 percent in favor.
When Lindh died on Thursday, Sept. 11, after more than 6 hours of surgery, Sweden’s prime minister called off campaigning for the Sunday referendum on the Euro. With the “no” vote strongly ahead of the “yes” vote there was some speculation and wishful thinking that Lindh’s murder would boost the “yes” side.
SWEDEN REJECTS EURO
The Euro referendum went ahead and with more than 80 percent of the Swedish electorate having cast ballots, the “no” side won by a large margin of 14 percent: 56 percent opposed and 42 percent in favor.
The un-elected president of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, clearly at a loss for words in an interview with CNN after the vote, pooh-poohed the very idea of using a referendum to decide whether a nation should adopt the Euro. The Swedish results, Prodi said, were “worse than I expected.”
Charles Hodgson of CNN reminded Prodi that in every nation where the people had decided on the Euro in a referendum, it had been rejected.
Sweden’s rejection of the Euro, however, clearly does not bode well for the Euro in other European nations that have retained their fiscal sovereignty, primarily Great
Britain and Denmark, where similar referenda will be held in the future.
MURDER IN BROAD DAYLIGHT
Lindh was shopping without bodyguards at the upscale NK department store, when she was savagely stabbed in the stomach, chest and arm, just before 4 p.m.
Hanna Sundberg, an eyewitness, told The Associated Press that she saw a man chase Lindh up an escalator from the ground floor to the first upper level into a store called Filippa K.
"She fell on the floor and the man was stabbing her in the stomach," she said. "She laid on the floor and it looked as if a tall man, wearing a peaked cap, was hitting her," she told AP. "But when he ran away, he threw away a knife."
Sundberg ran to Lindh, who said: "God, he has stabbed me in the stomach!"
Another witness, Anna Lekander, who had been in the boutique, where there were “only a handful of shoppers at the time,” said she had not noticed that Lindh was there as well.
Lekander said nothing about a man chasing Lindh up the escalator.
Lekander told the BBC that she had learned from others who were present that Lindh had entered the shop together with a friend, seemingly with "no bodyguards or anything.”
Soon after leaving the shop, Lekander heard people shouting from inside, "Catch him, catch him”.
"It happened very quickly, I could see people running and I went back into the shop," Lekander said.
"I could see a person lying on the floor, but I didn't know it was her,” Lekander said. "There was blood everywhere.”
The attacker fled down the escalator and was able to flee without any resistance from security guards. Police were reported to be searching for a man wearing a camouflage jacket.
Lindh was initially reported to be serious condition but her injuries were said not to be “life-threatening” as she underwent six hours of surgery at the Karolinska Hospital. Doctors said she suffered extensive damage to her liver and had internal bleeding.
A company named Hufvudstaden owns NK, a 100-year-old department store founded by Josef E. Sachs. AFP asked Michael Lorenz, owner of Duty Security, which provides security for NK, about the number and location of guards at the time Lindh was murdered. Lorenz would not say how many guards were on duty or what kind of security detail his firm provided at the exits of NK.
Lorenz also refused to answer questions about how an assailant could attack a prominent Swedish politician in broad daylight in a department store with numerous closed-circuit video cameras and security guards and flee without encountering any resistance or security personnel in pursuit.
Ylva Anna Maria Lindh was a rising star in Sweden’s ruling Social Democrat Party (SDP). At age 46, Lindh was an intelligent and articulate politician with more than 20 years experience in government. An outspoken and attractive foreign minister, Lindh was expected to be Sweden’s next prime minister. She has two young sons, 8 and 13.
As Sweden’s foreign minister since 1998, Lindh’s “main objectives were to encourage dialogue between the rich and the poor worlds, and to support the independence of the Palestinian and Kurdish peoples,” according to Olle Svenning, London correspondent of the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet and personal friend of Lindh.
Lindh was an outspoken critic of Israel’s prime minister Ariel Sharon and his brutal policies affecting the millions of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation: "Our stand is firm and clear,” the foreign minister said in an October 2001 interview :-
· "Israeli settlements on the West Bank must go;
· there must be a Palestinian state;
· Israel must vacate occupied areas on the West Bank and Gaza Strip; and
· end all extra-territorial executions and attacks on Palestinians.
· This should be done immediately.”
Asked if she expected anything from a dialogue with the Israeli government led by Sharon, whose “record of war crimes” was described as “being without parallel in post-War history,” Lindh replied, “I agree. It makes no sense to have a dialogue with Sharon’s government. There will be no talks with him from our side.”
In June 2002, the youth wing of Lindh’s Social Democrat Party pressed charges against Sharon of war crimes and violation of international law. At the time Lindh said she understood there was "both bitterness and anger because the Israeli government is guilty of violating international law."
"Sometimes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict makes me so angry that I kick the wastepaper bin in my office or throw things around," Lindh said. She had described Sharon as a “maniac” and said on Swedish television that she would not buy Israeli goods and fruits sold in Swedish markets.
At a meeting of European Union member states in April 2002, Lindh had called for the EU to cut relations with Israel to protest the repressive practices of Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinians.
A frequent critic of Sharon, Lindh said in May 2002 that her goal was that "Israeli citizens will turn against the military policies of Sharon."
“Israel's government,” she said, “has chosen a course of action that risks placing the country outside of the rest of the world community.”
Lindh criticized U.S. President George W. Bush for ignoring the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, saying U.S. policies rewarded “Sharon's violence.”
“I am very worried about this American debate,” Lindh said on Swedish radio. “I think this discussion equating Arafat with terrorists is both inappropriate and stupid. It is a very dangerous policy.”
“It contradicts the entire peace process... and can only lead to outright war in the Middle East,” she said.
At a gathering of European foreign ministers in Riva del Garda, Italy, days before she was killed, Lindh had blamed the U.S. and Israel for the collapse of the “Roadmap” peace plan and resignation of Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas.
Lindh said Abbas had been given “the kiss of death” when the Bush Administration and Israel had decided to deal only with him and sideline Palestinian president Yasser Arafat.
“Of course Arafat's unwillingness to give Abu Mazen (Abbas) increased power was decisive, but Abu Mazen's position would have been much stronger if Israel had also contributed to the peace process," Lindh told Swedish radio at the meeting in Italy. Lindh said Israel had continued building illegal Jewish settlements, erecting a wall separating Israel and the Palestinian territories, and assassinating leaders of Hamas.
Lindh’s principled and unequivocal position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was like that of the late Swedish prime minister Olof Palme, who was assassinated in Stockholm in 1986, and Count Folke Bernadotte, the United Nation’s Mediator on Palestine, who was brutally murdered by a Zionist terror gang near Jerusalem in 1948.
The assassination of Bernadotte, “at the hands of the Israeli terrorist organization… began a lethal Swedish connection with Palestine,” Ashrawi wrote. “Palestine lost its first Swedish champion,” Ashrawi wrote, when Bernadotte “was brutally murdered, shot at point blank, by three Jewish Stern Gang members in Jerusalem.”
In 1986, then Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot as he walked home from the cinema with his wife. As Ashrawi noted, Palme had sought recognition for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and a validation for the peaceful resolution of the conflict through ending the 1967 Israeli occupation of Palestinian and other Arab lands. Palme’s politics were based on international legality and UN resolutions, and “a deeply-felt commitment to fairness and human decency,” Ashrawi wrote.
Ulf Dahlsten, Palme's personal secretary in 1986, said that Lindh was the most important Swedish political figure since the late prime minister. In her speeches against the war in Iraq and in support of the Palestinians, Lindh was seen as Palme's natural heir. There have long been rumors in intelligence circles that Lindh was the daughter of Palme.
American Free Press asked Ninni Jonzon, news editor of Göteborgs-Posten, if there was any discussion in the Swedish media comparing Lindh’s murder with the political assassination of Bernadotte, or the unsolved murder of Palme. “Absolutely not,” Jonzon said. Asked why, she replied, “I don’t know.”
ASSASSINATION OF BERNADOTTE
As UN mediator, Bernadotte had the mandate to "promote a peaceful adjustment of the future situation in Palestine" and to mediate beyond the terms of the Nov. 29, 1947 Partition Plan, in which the U.N. General Assembly had voted to partition Palestine into Arab and Jewish states.
The Partition Plan, which gave the Zionists more than half of Palestine, led to war between Arab and Zionist forces after Israel proclaimed its establishment on May 14, 1948. Bernadotte's first action had been to arrange a truce, which lasted from June 11 to July 9.
Bernadotte put forward a proposal for solving the conflict, which suggested that Jerusalem be placed under Jordanian rule, since all the area around the city was designated for the Palestinian Arab state.
The U.N. partition plan had declared Jerusalem an international city that was to be ruled by neither Arab nor Jew. But Jewish terrorist groups, headed by the Polish immigrants Yitzhak Shamir and Menachem Begin, who both later served as Israeli prime ministers, rejected partition and claimed all of Palestine and Jordan for the Jewish state. These Jewish extremists saw Bernadotte as an enemy - an obstacle to their agenda - that had to be removed.
While no one was ever charged for the murders of Palme or Bernadotte, three Zionist terrorists have been named in Israeli and western documents as being behind the planning and murder of Bernadotte. Chief among them is Yitzhak Shamir (born Yezernitsky), who headed a Zionist terrorist organization during the British occupation of Palestine known as LEHI, or the Stern Gang.
New York Times columnist C.L. Sulzberger reported meeting two of Shamir’s Stern Gang members on July 24, 1948. The Stern Gang terrorists said: "We intend to kill Bernadotte and any other uniformed United Nations observers who come to Jerusalem." Asked why, "They replied that their organization was determined to seize all of Jerusalem for the state of Israel and would brook no interference by any national or international body."
Shamir, also reportedly sent two agents to Egypt to assassinate the British minister Lord Moyne, “because he was an enemy of the Jews and the Zionists.”
Shamir, however, never faced justice for the murder of Bernadotte and went on to serve as Paris bureau chief the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad (1955–65), member of the Israeli parliament (1973–96), and as prime minister of Israel (1983–84 and 1986–92).
According to Michael Collins Piper, author of Final Judgment, Shamir is also suspected of having played a key role in the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy by arranging a French-based hit squad of assassins that killed the president, a foe of Israel's Ben Gurion and strong opponent of Israel's nuclear ambitions.
By Christopher Bollyn
18 Frebruary 2005
The U.S. media is indulging in war mongering "yellow journalism" by repeating baseless allegations that Syria is behind the "car bombing" of a popular Lebanese nationalist, while the evidence suggests that the assassination was carried out using a guided missile launched from a plane - a precision penetration bomb - a "targeted killing" technique perfected by Israel.The U.S. media is indulging in war mongering "yellow journalism" by repeating baseless allegations that Syria is behind the "car bombing" of a popular Lebanese nationalist, while the evidence suggests that the assassination was carried out using a guided missile launched from a plane - a precision penetration bomb - a "targeted killing" technique perfected by Israel.
21 November 2006
The evidence from the crime scene indicated the possibility that an air-launched missile had targeted Hariri's car and left a large crater in the road. "The evidence," I wrote shortly after the murder, "indicates that the Hariri bombing may have been a missile attack from the air."
Penetrating bombs with delayed fusing appear to have been used in some of the larger false flag terror attacks in Iraq as well as in the massive bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in 1996.
In these events the shape and size of the crater provides crucial forensic evidence that should be examined to determine the type of bomb – or missile that was used.
The forensic evidence from these attacks, however, is seldom explained or scrutinized by the controlled media, which dutifully labels any bombing in the Middle East as having been done by a "suicide bomber" or a car bomb.
The latest UN Commissioner's report about the Hariri assassination by Serge Brammertz, the former national prosecutor of Belgium, mentions for the first time the aerial missile theory as a possible explanation: "A new hypothesis relating to an aerial delivery means as a method of causing the explosion, advanced to the Commission recently, is being examined for its validity," the fifth report of the International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) said.
Here is the latest UN report on Hariri "investigation": http://www.al-bab.com/Arab/docs/lebanon/brammertz3.htm
If the "aerial delivery theory" were to be pursued, investigated, and proven to be correct, it would reduce the number of possible culprits and exclude the Syrian government as a suspect. The only nations that could carry out an aerial attack are those having highly advanced air forces and access to the most advanced precision-guided missiles. In that were the case, the prime suspects in the Hariri murder would have to include the United States and Israel. Israel would have to be at the top of the list.
The other hypothesis being examined by the commission is the "large car bomb" theory, which proposes that a Mitsubishi van carrying some 1,800 kg of explosives was responsible for the blast that killed Hariri and 22 others in the area.
The real question facing investigators is which of these two hypotheses is supported by the evidence. Key evidence from the crime scene is found in and around the large crater in the road that was excavated by the blast is about 40 feet across by 10 feet deep.
The latest report from Brammertz, dated 25 September 2006, discusses the amounts of explosives and says that a previous report "suggested that the amount used to produce a crater of the size" would be "approximately 500 kg [1,100 lbs.] of TNT equivalent, if the IED [improvised explosive device] was placed at 1.7 m [about 6 feet] under the ground; or 1,200 kg [2,640 lbs.] of TNT equivalent if placed just above the ground; or 1,800 kg [3,960 lbs.] of TNT equivalent if the IED was approximately 0.80 m [31 inches] above the ground."
It should be noted that the 1,800 kg estimate given in the Brammertz report for the size of the car bomb is ridiculously low. A Russian study of surface explosions in different media indicates that a minimum of 5 to 10 metric tons of TNT would have been required to create the crater. A metric ton is 1,000 kg or 2,200 lbs. The actual size of the amount of explosives required to create such a crater, 5,000 to 10,000 kg, suggests that the UN investigators car bomb theory is extremely unlikely.
Keith A. Holsapple, an expert on craters at the University of Washington, examined the photographs of the Beirut crater for my initial research into the murder of Hariri. "There is no doubt," Holsapple said, "at least a several ton bomb would be required if it were delivered by a vehicle and detonated above the surface."
"If a penetrator weapon was used," Holsapple said, "the weight would be on the order of 1 ton, to within a factor of two." A penetrator weapon is an aerial bomb, such as a bunker-buster type, which is a guided weapon that is designed to penetrate the surface before exploding.
There are several other clues seen at the crater that argue against or disprove the truck bomb theory. The first is that the crater appears to have been excavated rather than pressed down. This would suggest that the explosion occurred at some depth below the surface and created the crater by blasting the sand beneath the road upwards.
A photograph taken of the plume rising from the explosion would seem to corroborate this theory. It shows a light sandy colored plume at the top, which indicates that the detonation occurred in the sand under the street of Hariri's motorcade. The first thing that was thrown up into the air was the sand in which the detonation occurred.
Photographs of the crater also show that pipes from below the street have been thrown upwards. This evidence supports the theory that the crater was caused by a detonation below the road.
Then there is the damaged car which is seen standing next to the crater. If a truck bomb with several tons of explosives had created the massive crater, it seems highly unlikely that there would have been very much left of this car or that it would still be standing at the crater's edge.
The UN investigation also has a serious credibility problem because it appears to be more political than anything else. Jürgen Cain Külbel, a former East German criminal investigator turned journalist exposed the fraudulent UN "investigators" in an interview with Silvia Cattori for Voltairenet:
Of course, none of them considers the idea of examining whether or not Mossad [Israeli military intelligence] could be the wirepuller behind Hariri’s murder. It doesn’t belong to the order placed by their employers. They have to fulfill only the one demand: send Syria to the pillory.
Detlev Mehlis, the German who lead the 1986 "La Belle" discotheque bombing investigation was the first UN Commissioner on the Hariri case. Mehlis worked closely with Israeli intelligence on the Hariri case; a case in which Israeli intelligence should be considered as a prime suspect.
"During the 'La Belle' case," Külbel said, "he [Mehlis] was over there [USA] in 1996 to get something. Or on ski trips with members of the CIA, high up in Aspen, Colorado? Mehlis is obviously the tool of the secret services. Without them he might not or he could not botch up within these sensitive areas of dirty policy. That is as safe as the Amen in the church. Do you believe the great powers are so foolish as to waste their time with 'honest' examiners, driven by a naive urge for the truth?
"Back to his connections to Israeli Secret service: Mehlis started his "work" with UNIIIC (the Hariri commission) in May 2005. A few weeks later, on 20 July, the French newspaper Le Figaro asked him: "Why have you asked for assistance from Israel and Jordan?" Mehlis answered: "It is known that the Israelis possess good security equipment, especially technological. We have asked them to give us data related to the assassination. They gave us good information."
"Later, in his first report on October 19, 2005, he said in the preface, paragraph 19: 'it is to be regretted that no Member State did relay such useful information to the Commission.' Mehlis does not tell the truth. Even the Israeli press wrote that Israeli intelligence agents had met with his team in Europe.
"But let me make one remark about Israel," Külbel said, "Ibrahim Gambari, Under Secretary General for Political Affairs at the UN, actually said at the end of August 2005 that Mr. Mehlis had created 'a good working relationship with Israel and Jordan,' not, however, with Syria. A real joke, given all those Mossad networks exposed this year in Lebanon, which for years had spread car bombings, murder, and terror. But nobody at the United Nations cares about this in the context of the Hariri matter. One has to ask oneself: what is this lot with headquarters in New York good for, anyway?
Sam Hamod, an expert on Middle Eastern affairs, wrote at the time of the Hariri assassination: "We must do as they do in other criminal cases, look at who had the most to gain from the assassination of Prime Minister Hariri. The Lebanese had a lot to lose, as did the Syrians.
"No matter where else you look, no one else had anything to gain except Israel and the U.S.," Hamod said. "America quickly pointed the finger at Syria, as did Israel, which was tantamount to convicting themselves because they are the only two countries that would gain by creating unrest in Lebanon."