Lebanon’s Shiite terrorist organization, Hezbollah, which now runs the government of Maronite Catholic President Michel Suleiman and Sunni Muslim Najib Miqati, as well as the Syro-Iranian mercenary organization, the Amal Party of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, both operating as the Islamic Fuckocracy of Iran's proxy militias in this country, on Monday called for the government to consider “investment in Lebanon’s oil resources a national priority.”
That may seem on the surface a wise and forward-looking appeal, but just listen carefully to the language:
“Any attack on this right would imply an attack on national sovereignty… [And in this case], Lebanese have the right to defend [their country’s] sovereignty and maritime borders with all available means, [including] resistance,” Amal and Hezbollah said in a statement issued following a joint meeting in South Lebanon.
Such a statement needs interpretation for those uninitiated in the back-stabbing, treasonous, mercenary politics of Lebanon where every political farm operates on behalf of an outside country, and never on behalf of the supreme interests of Lebanon itself and the Lebanese people.
1- By linking offshore oil drilling to national sovereignty gives you a first clue as to where these traitors want to take this issue. After their failure at using, first the liberation of Israeli-occupied south Lebanon, second the liberation of fucking Palestine and Jerusalem, and third the liberation of the Shebaa Farms from what is actually a Syrian occupation and not an Israeli one, these traitors want now to create a problem with Israel where there is none.
2- The use of a possible disagreement over maritime boundaries between Lebanon and Israel, and hence a dispute over oil rights between them, can be solved by negotiations. UN and international community advice to the Lebanese has been to negotiate the puny maritime dispute and come to terms with delineating the maritime border, but the Lebanese, prodded by Hezbollah and Amal, refuse to engage in civilized negotiations on the pretext that Lebanon does not recognize Israel, even as Lebanon and Israel remain bound by numerous treaties, the least of which is the 1949 armistice agreement. But Iran is the problem: It continues to prop Israel as the ultimate enemy, and Iran's Lebanese dogs of Hezbollah and Amal oblige (and they are paid in the hundreds of millions to do so) by rejecting any negotiations with Israel. Instead, they constantly lobby for war, belligerence, and sordid impasses, and ultimately keep on pushing for yet another war from which Lebanon will surely suffer devastating consequences and spend decades begging the West and the wealthy Arabs for handouts to rebuild. The fact is that every other Arab country has in one form or another negotiated some understanding with Israel: Egypt, Jordan, and the Palestinians have peace treaties; various North African countries (Mauritania, Morocco...) and Gulf States (Qatar, Abu Dhabi...) have opened either embassies or trade offices with Israel. Syria, one of the supposedly most hostile countries to Israel, has had an unblemished ceasefire with Israel since 1974, even as Israel has occupied AND annexed the Golan Heights from Syria, so much so that many believe that the Assad regime has in fact protected Israel's back for all those decades by never firing any "resistance" bullet across the Golan. Yet, of all Arab countries, the smallest and weakest of Arab countries, Lebanon, is the only one that has been shoved into conflict with Israel for close to 4 decades, when all the other coward Arabs and Muslim fuckers merely clap from behind.
3- Consider the disproportionality of the oil problem relative to the benefits Lebanon stands to gain from oil drilling: What Lebanon may gain - assuming it catches up with its neighbors, Israelis, Cypriots and Turks, all of whom are far ahead in their drilling and exploration - is much much greater than the potential loss of some oil from the area under the made-up dispute between Lebanon and Israel. The Law of the Sea stipulates that countries need not encroach by setting up drilling platforms in each other's maritime territory, but the Law is clear that it is unable to adjudicate with reason on whatever is beneath the ocean floor because of the depth and undefinable nature of these oil and gas fields.
4- Even if Lebanon somehow manages to catch up with its neighbors, the fact is that time is not on Lebanon's side. For one, Lebanon - busy as it has been for decades fighting the Israelis on behalf of all the numskull Arabs - is technologically backward, unequipped, wrecked by corruption and sectarian division, and has a national debt that surpasses its ability to even pay the interest on its debt. Moreover, the world is fast beginning a transition away from combustible energy sources to renewable energy sources, such that this whole push by Hezbollah and Amal is environmentally and economically unwise. By the time any oil revenues are actually made by the Lebanese, the whole world would have moved to cleaner resources. Lebanon is blessed by mountains, water, sunshine and wind: water dams, solar power and wind power can make miracles for this tiny country. It does not take much to feed the energy needs of 3.5 million people. I am terrified as the thought of the endemic corruption and technological incompetence of the Lebanese managing oil and gas drilling offshore in the Mediterranean: It would be an environmental disaster in the making, especially if Hezbollah's terrorist and militaristic reach is implicated. All the Mediterranean countries should be wary of this push by Iran's mercenaries in Lebanon. Lest they forget, corrupt Lebanese officials were bribed in the 1990s into accepting shipments of highly radioactive waste which were buried in the highlands of the country, contaminating rivers and streams...
The bottom line is that Hezbollah and Amal are not interested in offshore drilling for economic or environmental or energy-independence reasons. They are interested ONLY in creating a new casus belli with Israel upon which they have thrived for more than three decades, bringing endless devastation and ruin to their own Shiite community and to the Lebanese population at large.
The timing of this appeal by Iran's agents in Lebanon is also telling: Since 2006 when UN Resolution 1701 ended the devastating war between Hezbollah and Israel, Hezbollah's "resistance" argument has faded away. Hezbollah is hemmed in the south by Lebanese army troops, UNIFIL contingents, and a hostile Lebanese population not at all in the mood for another round of liberation and resistance bullshit. With the Syrian regime on the verge of collapse, Hezbollah and Amal stand to lose the Syrian bridge between them and Iran that has sustained them for decades, and they are desperate to create new facts on the ground: The "sovereign oil rights" pretext is a new one they can exploit.
Let us hope that the Lebanese are wiser to the tricks of Iran's mercenaries, and more concerned for their safety and Lebanon's environment, than to allow the war-mongerers of Hezbollah and Amal to take them down a new adventure from which they may never recover this time.