So when Asaf Shawkat was killed in a car bomb, the intellectuals of March 14 (in its Lebanese and Syrian branches as they are the same and have the same financial sponsors in Riyadh) were outraged (rightly, I say) that supporters of Hizbullah in Lebanon expressed sympathy and support for the man. I, of course, said that Shawkat should not be mourned and that he was--like his counterparts in the region--a criminal. But today, a fellow criminal intelligence chief, Wisam Al-Hasan, is dead and the same intellectuals of March 14 (in its Lebanese and Syrian branches) are weeping on the floor mourning the death of another criminal. This is an ugly world of Middle East intelligence: the chiefs are criminals and have engaged in crimes and should not be mourned. I mourn the death of 8 innocent people who were killed by the blast. That is why I abhor car bombs as a weapon. But if you make Al-Hasan a hero, it is the same as those supporters of Hizbullah who made Shawkat a hero. Heroism to the two men is what intelligence, competence, and knowledge are to Sa`d Hariri.