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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. 

H.A.




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