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Syrian Key Leader Assassinated!

The murky waters of Syrian politics became ever more confusing with the assassination over the weekend of a key figures in the government of Bashar al- Assad. General Muhammad Seuleiman was killed by a sniper who was on a yacht off shore. Israel and Syrian opposition forces believe Suleiman worked closely with Hizbullah and may have opposed recent efforts to forge a peace agreement between Israel and Syria. Iran immediately accused Israel of being behind the murder, and Israeli sources refused to confirm or deny the accusations. Syria’s tightly controlled media did not event report the killing, but sources say he was killed while on beach.

Explanations for the murder range from internal Syrian conflicts over power and responsibility to Israel Mossad agents to a power struggle and so on. The main issue confronting Syria at this moment is: whether to pursue negotiations with Israel for a peace treaty, whether to continue working closely with Iran and Hizbullah, or simply to ignore the reality of power groups in the Middle East and remain isolated from the West.

US Army Planned Cold War Assassinations With Radioactive Material

The Associated Press obtained copies of newly released documents from the early stages of the Cold War in the 1940s which reveal American armed forces were considering use of radioactive materials to assassinate unnamed “important individuals” in opposing nations. The documents reveal extensive discussion of a “new concept of warfare’ using radioactive materials from atomic bombs to contaminate large swaths of enemy land or to target airfields, factories and other facilities. The AP says the released documents were heavily censored to block out references to many aspects of the assassination plan, supposedly to prevent contemporary individuals from using the information. The project investigated the possibility of dropping bombs on enemy targets that had radioactive materials in order to render large sections of an opposing land uninhabitable. The project was run under jurisdiction of the Army Chemical Corps, and it was uncertain whether or not aspects of the program were turned over to the newly created CIA in 1947.

Perhaps, modern day people should not be shocked by such Cold War thinking. Leaders in the 1940s had just emerged from the devastating effects of World War II which witnessed the use of violent weapons ranging from atomic bombs to devastating fire bomb raids. Fear and anxiety were common as leadership struggled with the beginning of a new war– one that would be fought as much with military weapons as weapons of the mind. Perhaps, there is a lesson for contemporary leadership, in the end, it is not bombs, but minds which win wars.