Tuesday, June 28, 2016

WARNING: Remember 1975? It is back

From the perspective of Lebanon's Christians, the situation today on the ground resembles the years circa 1975 and the eruption of violence and the war that ensued between the Christians and the Muslim-backed Palestinian refugees and militias. As is the case today, government was paralyzed, then by the boycott of Muslim (Sunni) political and sectarian blocs, and today by the boycott of Muslim (Shiite) sectarian blocs, and the only standing institution was the Lebanese Army. But it would soon collapse too and splinter into sectarian militias.

Remember that Al-Qaa, the village that saw the multiple suicide bombings over the last 48 hours, is a Christian village that suffered a massacre in 1978. Many other Christian villages suffered similar massacres by never-identified attackers suspected to be Palestinian or Syrian operatives. Yasser Arafat's PLO and assorted Palestinian terror groups had been chased out of Amman, Jordan by King Hussein, and had established their headquarters in Beirut and Lebanon. They thrived in a country where government was weakened by a Muslim community who refused to join its Christian counterpart in condemning Palestinian exactions, violence, and terrorism. In fact, the Muslims of Lebanon - all of them, Sunnis, Shiites and Druze - supported the Palestinians against the Lebanese Army, and pledged allegiance to Hafez Assad of Syria. The Muslims wanted Arab unity at the cost of Lebanese sovereignty; they believed in liberating Palestine at the cost of the integrity of Lebanon; and most of all, they wanted more power in a the power-sharing formula that had worked so well since the 1940s. It is in the DNA of Muslims not to compromise; living in a country whose president was a Christian with constitutional powers was - and still is - anathema to Lebanon's Muslims. Ever since the 1920s, they resented being part of Lebanon, and would have much preferred to remain part of Syria (See the earlier post).

Yesterday's massacre of Christians and the attack against a church in Al-Qaa is a major reset in the current stalemate. Just as in the early 1970s, if the Lebanese Army and the government are incapable of providing security against lawless militias and terror groups, then the Christian population is likely to begin building its own militias to defend itself. They did it in the 1970s against the PLO and Syria, they will do it against ISIS and Syria again.

To the liberal press of the world: Do not blame the Christians if they undertake to defend themselves. Back in the 1970s, you accused them of being "right-wing fascists who were bent on killing Palestinian refugees". What would you accuse them of today when they try to defend themselves in their country that is - again - run over by 1.5 million Syrian refugees harboring ISIS operatives?

For 5 years now, the Lebanese have welcomed the Syrian refugees with open arms. There are no hate incidents against them to speak of. The Syrian refugees work and live among the Lebanese. But if refugee centers and camps become foci for launching terror attacks against specific communities, and the refugee population and those who oversee them are unable to identify the bad apples, then what gives?

This is an alert. An early call to action. Lebanon's Christians are not like the other Christians of the Middle East. They will not keel over, run away, turn the other cheek, or huddle in refugee camps. They will fight back.



Monday, June 27, 2016

Al-Qaa: Hezbollah fails to defend Lebanon

The Iranian terrorist party in Lebanon, Hezbollah, continues to claim that its fighting in Syria alongside the barbaric Syrian regime is to protect Lebanon against ISIS and other Sunni terrorists. It says that the reason it went into Syria proper - instead of protecting the Lebanese borders - is that it wants to defeat the Sunni terrorists "before" they enter Lebanon. Hezbollah also claims that the Lebanese Army is incapable of protecting Lebanon, thus justifying its existence as an unlawful paramilitary terror organization which, thanks to a weak and corrupt Lebanese oligarchy, is part of the Lebanese government.

If Hezbollah's arguments were to stand, then one would expect that the Lebanese Army would do the same thing: Intervene in Syria as a preemptive move against the infiltration of ISIS operatives into Lebanon. But the Lebanese Army respects itself and respects the sovereignty of Syria, and does not wish to take any offensive action inside Syria proper. It acts as best as it can, within its limited means, to protect the borders.

The Sunni terrorist bombings of early this morning in the Christian Lebanese town of Al-Qaa on the Syrian border are proof that Hezbollah is NOT protecting Lebanon. In fact, it is providing a justification for ISIS and assorted Sunni terror groups to enter Lebanon to fight Hezbollah. By fighting in Syria, Hezbollah has pushed many more Syrian refugees to enter Lebanon (and with them thousands of ISIS operatives) than would have been the case had Hezbollah in fact refrained from entering Syria.

The truth of the matter is that Hezbollah's fighting in Syria is NOT to protect Lebanon. That is one big Iranian lie. Hezbollah is in Syria to defend the Syrian regime of Bashar Al-Assad which has been the lifeline bridge for Hezbollah between Iran and Lebanon. Money, weapons, mercenaries, terrorists.... all transit from Tehran to Damascus, then infiltrate Lebanon. None of Hezbollah's actions is lawful. Hezbollah's very existence is the definition of lawlessness, and in breaching every norm of sovereignty, Hezbollah has nurtured a culture of lawlessness, violence, and destruction, while undermining the State and its institutions.

All the above has been said over and over for decades. Since the 1960s, the Lebanese Christians have warned their fellow Muslims against plunging Lebanon into other peoples' wars. They said NO to Lebanon's enmeshing itself in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But the Sunnis, the Shiites and the Druze, with the backing of Hafez Al-Assad's Syrian regime in Damascus and his army of occupation, thought better and sold the Lebanese South to Yasser Arafat and his PLO to "liberate Palestine". Never mind that those same Muslim sects refrained from "liberating the Golan Heights and Palestine" from Syrian territory. Only Lebanon was fair cannon fodder in their delusional Arab causes.

After scoring some pathetic gains against the Christians in the Taif Agreement, the Lebanese Sunnis, now in power, adopted the Christians' platform of staying out of other conflicts. They forgot all about Palestine and liberation. They now believed in a "Lebanon first". Only the Shiites continued in their endless Quixotic "resistance" pursuits at the behest of Iran, first against Israel and now against Saudi Arabia

After bringing Lebanon in 1920 out from under 400 years of Turkish occupation, Lebanon's Christians, dragging their fellow Lebanese Muslims along, transformed Lebanon into a jewel of a country between the 1930s and 1960s. But the Muslims continued to challenge a leading role for the Christians. They undermined every effort by the Christians to keep the country safe and prosperous. From the 1970s to the present, the Muslims have dominated, and what do we get? War and mayhem with foreign (Palestinian and Syrian) occupiers from 1975 to 1990, then garbage corrupt governance from 1990 to the present day, all of which have set Lebanon backward into a failed third world lemon republic that can barely stand on its feet.

The ISIS bombings in Al-Qaa remind us of the enormous sacrifice that the Christians of this country make by continuing to believe in some reasonable way to share power with the Muslims. The failure of the Muslims to stabilize the country, protect it, and keep it out of conflicts that can only hurt it makes for a reflection as to the future of the country. Many Christians have some time now contemplating some sort of separation, perhaps a federated Lebanon in which Christians and Muslims, while sharing the country, govern themselves separately. It has become untenable after 50 years of plunder and mayhem.

One hundred years ago, Lebanon and the region were in the midst of World War I. The Maronite Church bears the responsibility for its greed in seeking to expand the borders of the then-autonomous Christian Mount Lebanon Province and create the Greater Lebanon monstrosity that is failing today. In annexing Syrian Muslim provinces, the Maronite Church and its French sponsors planted the seeds for the heartbreak that Lebanon is today. Just like the Zionists did in Palestine in collusion with their British sponsors, Lebanon's Christians thought they could forever control Muslim minorities and keep them subjugated. The rise of Islamic fundamentalism has thwarted these naive prospects, and both Lebanon and Israel today face the disastrous consequences of political greed. 


Monday, May 9, 2016

Municipal Elections 1: The Lebanese People Deserve their Garbage

If yesterday's elections results are a sign of anything, it is that the Lebanese people are really either jerks or idiots.

In the backwoods of the Shiite heartland, 50% of eligible voters voted for Hezbollah and Amal against a minority of "opposition" Shiites.

In the Christian Zahle district, a traditionalist "political party-based" coalition defeated two traditionalist "family-based" coalitions (the Skaff and Fattoush families, both equally backward and corrupt).

And in the supposedly more enlightened Beirut district, people who should have voted for reform-minded technocrats did not even bother to haul their asses and go vote, and the same 18% of eligible voters who voted for the Hariri neanderthals in 2010 voted yesterday for the same neanderthals.

In other words, neither the Syrian crisis, nor the endemic corruption of the ruling class and the scandals that plague this country because of that political class, including the the garbage crisis of this past summer and fall, nor the endless string of sit-ins and demonstrations have stirred any life in the brain-dead Lebanese people. We are like a dead corpse on which the political ruling class feeds like so many leeches, worms, and other bloodsuckers. We have known this indifference to be a feature of the Lebanese people, but no one suspected it would so enduring. It is one thing to be indifferent in a country where things work normally (as happens often in the West, for example, where voter apathy seems irrelevant to a well-functioning system), but it is a different thing when you are surrounded by garbage of all kind, when your life is rotten because of how your own politicians treat you, when the infrastructure is primitive (roads, streets, garbage, water, internet, electricity, pollution....), where you are forced to become a corrupt individual because of all the corruption that surrounds you... You'd think that the bastard Lebanese would be stirred to action to try and improve their lives, but they did not show any sign of that yesterday.

I have no hope that the upcoming municipal elections in the remaining districts will make a difference, because they are mostly all in more rural environments where familial and sectarian barbarism and traditionalist politics rule supreme.

To all my fellow Lebanese who did not vote for change yesterday and who contemplate emigrating, start preparing your documents. This country has no use for your sophisticated nagging. Just be gone and abandon this country to the real barbarians who love it "as it is" and who voted yesterday for their local bosses. You will still need the useless "إفادة مختار" by the new moukhtar, the even more barbaric "إخراج قيد", and $400 to get a passport. You will still have to be humiliated a final few times at all the funky Lebanese administrations and the doors of foreign embassies before you escape this Gulag of barbarism, corruption, pollution, garbage, and, lest we forget, this " بلد الحضارة والعيش المشترك ".

H. Atheos

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Donald Dumb: Americans Now Proud to be Dumb

Donald Dumb seems to have given white anglo-saxon protestant America a jolt of adrenaline, which he calls "Make America Great Again". Allow me to deconstruct that for you.

For decades, if not for the couple of centuries of the age of the United Scams of America, Inc., white protestant anglos sat at the top rung of the pecking order ladder. Everybody else was fair game for discrimination, racism, filthy arrogance.... Keep in mind that white Americans are largely the descendants of illiterate, ignorant, poor Protestant peasants from the boonies of Western and Northern Europe, followed by hordes of equally ignorant and backward peasants from Catholic and Orthodox Southern and Eastern Europe.

As they encountered a peaceful indigenous native American population, the white anglos proceeded to decimate them in one of the grandest episodes of ethnic cleansing and genocide that the world has ever seen. The militarily inferior Indians did not stand a chance and were soon wiped out, leaving a new country with unlimited resources to a bunch of peasant idiots without any competition. Counter to the myths and lies that Americans propagate about how tough it was to making it in America (Settlers, pioneers, Wild West frontier, etc.) or how they and the Indians got along eating turkey and corn (Thanksgiving), settling in America was very easy, a lot easier than in the Old World. All you have to do was to be dumb enough to know where the port was in your town, get on a boat and cross the Atlantic to a land emptied of its native peoples and without any competition whatsoever.

As the 20th century came along, newer immigrants began arriving, technology was changing, human rights were advancing, and the US - thanks to the backward and arrogant genetic pool - was always the last one to join these advances because peasant Americans "knew better" than following the opinions of more enlightened people. No to the metric system. No to emissions controls. No to the UN. Any move by humankind to evolve out of its neanderthal past, Americans opposed.

Then one day, all these white anglo-saxon neanderthals, who had gotten used to easy jobs and entitlements simply because they were white and dominated the landscape, began losing their safe jobs to smarter, more educated immigrants who developed the new technologies and mastered them better than the backwoods white idiot from the boonies of America. As they began falling behind and refusing to evolve, these white neanderthals began blaming everyone else for having to actually compete and earn a serious living by using their brains. Knowing how to cut trees, shoot guns, kill Indians, lynch Black Africans, and drive pickup trucks were no longer marketable skills. Losing their jobs in big corporations that took care of them from cradle to grave, they blamed all the other Americans (Blacks, Indians, Hispanics, Arabs, Catholics, Muslims, Indians, Chinese....).

Last year, one of their best specimens, a man by the name of Donald Dumb, who inherited his billions from his daddy and made himself some money building buildings (not rocket science if you already own billions from your daddy), decided to run for president to rescue the white bastards from their stupidity. White anglos already knew they were the dumb and ignorant, and for decades they nurtured their inferiority complexes vis-a-vis smarter peoples from around the globe stoically and silently because they lacked knowledge, language skills, and other basic brain functions to argue with smarter people. And so they contended themselves with discriminating against everyone else when they could, shooting them on the streets when unarmed, compensating for their inferiority with stupid racist supremacist ideologies that included, among other manifestations of white power, stashing food in the woods for when the time comes to fight their war of liberating white asshole America from the invading hordes.

What Donald Dumb, and let us give credit where credit is due, George W Bush before him, showed these frustrated disgruntled racist white protestant peasants from the boonies of America is the right to be publicly dumb. No longer did they have to suffer in silence because of the shame of being a dumb asshole, for Donald Dumb showed them that you can be a total idiot, blather it every day on the news, and best of all be proud of it! That is in essence the explanation for Donald Dumb's popularity: He liberated the white protestant idiots from the shame of being idiots, and he taught them to be proud and "great" again..

Instances of white Americans now openly displaying the courage of be public fools are best exemplified by the rash of people getting kicked off planes because a stupid white American suspected a terrorist.

- Apr 16, 2016 - A Muslim woman was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight at a Chicago airport because the white female flight attendant 'did not feel comfortable' that the traveler switched seats with a fellow passenger.
- April 18, 2016 - Khairuddin Makhzoomi, a UC Berkeley student, was kicked off another Southwest Airlines flight because he called his uncle in Baghdad after getting on the plane and chatted with him in Arabic about the dinner event he had just attended with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. "Speaking Arabic" is suspicious, especially when the white fellow passenger who reported this "terrorist" activity did not understand Arabic himself. For dumb Americans who barely know English, any foreign language is suspicious.

- May 7, 2016 - Guido Menzio, an Italian economics professor at the University of Pennsylvania was just scribbling down math equations on a piece of paper while waiting for his American Airlines flight to take off frpm Philadelphia en route to Syracuse NY. The white woman passenger sitting next to him decided, since Menzio's looks are Mediterranean/Middle Eastern and the math scribbling appeared to her as Arabic, that he was up to no good and the math he was doing was suspicious "terrorist" activity. So she proceeded to alert a flight attendant who immediately recruits the pilot of the plane into delaying the flight, removing Menzio from the aircraft, then have him interrogated by a customer service manager for the airline and local security on suspicion of terrorism because of his note-taking.

The preceding is only a sample of how white Americans have become proud to display their dumbness, thanks in no small way to Donald Dumb. His vigor and pride at blathering vacuous inanities and mistakes (he believes that the 9/11 attacks actually happened in July 2001 at a 7/11 store) has reinvigorated and unchained the dumb white asshole peasants of America.

America did not sink this low even under George W Bush. Funny how white America's dumbness is constant regardless of region. We used to think that George W Bush was an idiot because he was from Texas. Now Donald Dumb has proven that New Yorkers too can be dumber than Texans, and that their so-called "sophistication"  is itself a fake, a figment of their inferiority complex that rightfully plagues them because they are genetically a dumb people, having inherited the dumb genes from their peasant ancestors from the boonies of Europe.

H. Atheos