Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was killed Monday in a massive car bomb attack in Beirut.
The billionare was
Lebanese PM from 1992 until 1998 and then again from 2000 until 2004 when he resigned
after Syria pressured the Lebanese parliament to amend the country's constitution to permit pro-Syrian president Emile Lahoud
to remain in office. The resignation of the once friendly Hariri, a Sunni, coupled with the alienation by Damascus of Druze leader Walid Jumblat
has isolated Syria in Lebanon and diminished the influence of France
Through the Hariri foundation
, Rafik Hariri was, as a Lebanese friend remarked "pretty much single handed in rebuilding Lebanon, making it a descent place to visit, developing programs from schools to hospitals, … much of it is his own money."
point at Syrian involvement
and the US has recalled it's envoy from Damascus.