A week ago, Jamil al-Sayyed’s threats sounded like the rantings of Uncle Junior: unintelligible, inconsequential, and frankly a little embarrassing to the whole family. `Uqab Saqr (who seems to have become Saad al-Hariri’s unofficial spokesman) dismissed the ex-security chief as a mentally unbalanced has-been, and added that his threats do not reflect the positions of Damascus or Dahiyeh.
A week later, however, one is beginning to wonder if Uncle Junior hasn’t found a way to make himself useful after all. Defying the authorities to arrest him, he arrived in Beirut today and was warmly received by a Hizbullah escort. No immigration officers dared spoil the welcoming party.
So is al-Sayyed speaking for Syria and Hizbullah or not? At the very least, it looks increasingly like they are not willing to drop the “false witness” file anytime soon. This is their only real mechanism to de-legitimize the Tribunal if indeed indictments are issued against members of Hizbullah.