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Remi Brulin 30 May 18
Replying to @RBrulin
fully silent about the fact that Israeli officials directed a major &fully indiscriminate car bombing campaign that killed 100s of civilians in Lebanon. This silence also means that the US media has failed to notice the possible implications of this revelation about the Dean case
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Remi Brulin 30 May 18
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Bergman himself does not mention the assassination attempt against Dean. But we know that the FLLF took credit for this attack at the time. That Dean's own investigation pointed to Israel & to its Lebanese proxies. And we now know that the FLLF was CREATED and RUN by Israel.
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Remi Brulin 30 May 18
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None of this is absolutely conclusive, of course. Nonetheless, this topic might warrant investigation from US journalists (who might also want to write about the FLLF car bombing campaign, ie about Israeli officials resorting to "terrorism.") THE END.
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Remi Brulin 30 May 18
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A final note: Ambassador Dean's paper are located at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and might contain valuable information for the journalists and historians and researchers out there:
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Remi Brulin 30 May 18
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Another "final note": In his book Bergman also reveals that Israel used 2 FLLF operatives to assassinate Sheikh Ragheb Harb in 1984. Harb was a preacher, and had never been involved in any violent act / in "terrorism." Harb would become Hizbollah's second major "martyr."
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Remi Brulin 30 May 18
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A Lebanese man, Danny Abdallah, admitted to having participated in Harb's assassination. He lives in Denmark. Lebanon has a extradition request for him. If Bergman is correct, then Abdallah was a member of the FLLF & might thus also have been involved in car bombings in Lebanon.
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Remi Brulin 30 May 18
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Yet another "final note": Bergman does note on several occasions in his book that he is not allowed to write and talk about a lot of the operations that his sources talked to him about. I wonder if this FLLF operation vs Dean is one of those.
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Remi Brulin 30 May 18
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One final note again: Sharon only got involved with the FLLF in August of 1981 (according to Bergman.) In 1980 the FLLF was run by Eitan, Dagan and Ben-Gal.
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Remi Brulin 30 May 18
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Alright, ANOTHER "last note": one of the only references to the FLLF that can be found online is this article from 2016 in Haaretz, by Amir Oren: It is especially valuable because of who it mentions among the Israeli officials involved with the FLLF
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Remi Brulin 30 May 18
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This is about the period 1980-1981. Oren mentions Eitan, Dagan and Ben-Gal, the 3 main characters in Bergman's book. But he ALSO mentions Shlomo Ilya. Ilya is not mentioned anywhere In Bergman's book. He also happens to be the only one of the 4 to still be alive...
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Remi Brulin
Shlomo Ilya was, in the early 1980s, the head of the IDF liaison unit in Lebanon. He is also (in)famous for declaring, at the time, that he only weapon against terrorism is terrorism, and that Israel had options for "speaking the language the terrorists understand."
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Remi Brulin 30 May 18
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After leaving IDF, Ilya was engaged in selling weapons to countless countries (including dictatorships) around the world, & in training their armed forces. See for example here: If Bergman is correct, his role with the FLLF clearly makes him a "terrorist"
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Remi Brulin 30 May 18
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Note: Several books have mentioned FLLF&included accusations that ISR was probably behind attacks Khalidi's Under Siege,Fisk's Pity Nation,Sayigh's Armed Struggle,Clifton's God Cried,Davis' Buda's Wagon Bergman is FIRST to have Israeli officials admitting their role on the record
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Remi Brulin 30 May 18
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Note that these books were either NOT reviewed in the US press or, when they were, the accusations against Israel were dismissed as amounting to "conspiracy thinking." Now that Israeli officials are on the record, the US media has chosen to simply be SILENT about the topic.
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Remi Brulin 30 May 18
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FINALLY: As Bergman also shows, in 1981-82 Ariel Sharon used FLLF to conduct car bombings that killed hundreds of civilians (ie "terrorism") in order to provoke the PLO into using "terrorism", thus giving Israel an excuse to invade Lebanon in the name of fighting "terrorism"
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Remi Brulin 30 May 18
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The PLO saw the trap & refrained fm responding. In 1982, the Abu Nidal group tried to assassinate Argov, the Israeli Ambassador to the UK. The attempt failed, but the Begin government used this attack to claim that the PLO (Abu Nidal's arch-rival) had resorted to "terrorism."
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Remi Brulin 30 May 18
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Israel bombed Beirut and the surrounding areas, leading finally to a response by the PLO, and Israel had its excuse to invade. Note that of course, if trying to kill Ambassador Argov was "terrorism" then of course trying to kill Ambassador Dean was "terrorism" also ....
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Remi Brulin Apr 7
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Updates: In June 2018 I published article about FLLF revelations in French: In august 2018, published article based on this thread. As of April 2019 it remains only article published about this story that I know of:
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Remi Brulin Apr 7
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In April 2019 I wrote about FLLF revelations & policing of debate re: Israel in aftermath of accusations v Ilhan Omar: & published article in French (& Arabic) here: As of April 2019, silence about FLLF revelations remains ABSOLUTE
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i was id Feb 4
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"Begin didn't want to believe it" I'd bet good money he knew. Former leader of the Irgun, moving in small circles.
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