Saturday, October 22, 2005

But, Syria-ously, folks...

There's much to find in both the online and offline press today about the UN report on Syria's role in the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. In the publicly released version of the report, top Syrian officials are said to have initiated the plot to kill Hariri. In not-so-public versions, however, names are named, including members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle. makes mention of the two different versions of the report, but the Times of London comes right out and says it: the report was doctored by the UN after its completion. It seems the report was written using Microsoft Word, and that the Word document was sent out...with the "Track Changes" feature turned on. The track changes feature allows the viewer to see what edits were made to the document along the way, and while the final version lays the blame for the assassination on "senior Lebanese and Syrian officials", the original version named specific names, including al-Assad's brother.

This is yet another disturbing development in Kofi Annan's UN that warrants more scrutiny, but sadly, most media outlets seem to be ignoring it.

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