American business interests are under strain from predatory European economic expansion into the mideast and the economically weakened US can only resist this by military force . At present Syria is working on a trade deal with the EU that will allow EU business interests access to its protective domestic market nationalized since the 1950’s . With Russia Syria in the past year has signed major arms weapons procurement packages with Russia and Russia has forgiven $7 billion in Syrian debt . This assassination of Hariri came suspiciously on the tail of an American warning last month to Syria not interfere in the upcoming Lebanese elections in May . Hariri was anti Syrian and favoured by America and President Emil Lahoud is Pro-Syrian and because of Lahoud remarks that America was interfering leading the US to recall its ambassador . I say what has happened here is America has employed rogue Lebanese elements to assassinate Hariri so as to have the finger of suspicion fall on Syria thereby giving America the justification to use military strikes to intimidate the Syrian leadership into compliance .