Even though Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood already took credit.
BEIRUT: In diametrically conflicting attitudes reflecting the political schism between Lebanon’s rival factions, Hezbollah and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri differed sharply Friday over who was responsible for the twin suicide car bombings that targeted security service buildings in the Syrian capital Damascus, killing at least 44 people.
While Hezbollah accused the United States of responsibility for the bombings, calling it the “mother of terrorism,” Hariri said the blasts were the work of the regime of Syria’s embattled President Bashar Assad.
“These bombings which resulted in the death and injury of dozens of people, mostly women and children, are the specialty of the United States, the mother of terrorism,” Hezbollah said in a statement. It accused the U.S. of “specializing in targeting, killing and terrorizing the innocent in order to push them into bowing to the U.S. policy that is seeking to achieve the Zionist interest which the Americans put above any other consideration.”
Hezbollah, which is a major ally of Assad, said the timing of the bombings clearly signaled they were an act of revenge for the U.S. “defeat” in Iraq following the withdrawal of its troops from the warn-torn country.
“This horrific terrorist crime committed by the enemies of humanity in the city of Damascus came one day after the coordinated bombings that targeted Baghdad and other Iraqi cities,” the statement said. “This signals that the parties that stand to lose from the big defeat inflicted on the United States, which led to the humiliating withdrawal of its troops from Iraq, have begun a cowardly, bloody act of revenge by targeting all forces and states that helped the heroic Iraqi resistance in its Jihad [holy war] to evict the U.S. occupation.”