A fascinating report from Syria.
It seems that the Interior Minister, and former head of Syrian intelligence activities in Lebanon, which means Imperial Pro-Consul in Lebanon, has died suddenly. The Syrian government is calling it suicide.
There are a number of possibilities. Perhaps Ghazi Kanaan (the minister) was about to be named as responsible for the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister, Raafik Hariri, and genuinely did commit suicide. Perhaps with encouragement.
Perhaps, for the same reason of his potential embarrassment to the Assad regime, he was murdered.
Perhaps, as I speculated recently, Bashar Assad is manoeuvring to switch direction in Syrian policy and needs to eliminate his father's hardliners first.