Friday, March 07, 2008

Putting Lebanon First: Part II

Oh, [Remembering] the Horror

...There is a regional conflict unfolding, and while most of us believe that "Lebanon First" is a fine notion indeed, some of us are finding it hard to see how keeping targeted Iranian weapons on our soil reaffirms that.

And yes, they are targeted and they are Iranian.

Don’t get me wrong, I would love it if Hizballah were to drop its regional affiliations/command-structure and pledge itself to the reinforcement of the Lebanese state and the bolstering of the Lebanese Army. But we all know that’s not going to happen.

After all, it’s not like it wasn’t tried before!

Recall that on the eve of the operation which catapulted our country into the July War [of 2006], representatives of the country’s various political groupings were due to hold talks on Hizballah’s integration into the Lebanese sate and Armed Forces and the establishment of a “Lebanon First” defence strategy. Before the meeting could take place, and in true “mail box” form, Nabih Berri (a staunch pro-Syrian and the Speaker of a Parliament made defunct by the threat of MP resignations and/or ‘street action’ by Hizballah [and the rest of pro-Syrian rabble] if National Dialogue talks, such as those that were being held right there and then, weren't held) postponed the meeting for a week during which the operation was launched. There has been no mention of Hizballah’s integration since.

But that was not the first time that Hizballah had clearly proven its lack of commitment/intent to wholeheartedly join in the country’s institutional framework and the political rejuvenation sweeping through in the wake the Cedar Revolution and the Syrian withdrawal.

No, that first time [for all intents and purposes] would have been on March 8th, 2005 – what I like to refer to as the official start of the [Syrian/Iranian] counter-revolution – when Hassan Nasrallah effectively took it upon himself to isolate Lebanon’s Shiite community from the national rebirth of the Independence Intifada.

But that was then. Today, on the eve of the 3 year anniversary of that horrific day, we find Hizballah vigorously engaged in scuttling the election of a (of any) Lebanese President [as such an election would reinforce the presence of a Lebanese state, thereby threatening their continued existence as the extra-institutional Iranian-proxy militia and organisation that they are].

Concessions have come and gone and our lot hasn't changed. So ahead of those celebrations of Hizballah’s first rejection of becoming [fully] Lebanese – and in light of the [not-so-strange] resemblance of the Gaza front of March 2008 to the Gaza front of June 2006 – perhaps it is best to remember Hizballah’s second (and far more violent) rejection of becoming [fully] Lebanese.

Saying that Israel is no friend of Lebanon is an understatement [if there ever was one], but believing that the only way to confront it [or just plain live with it] is by transforming our territory into a giant launching pad for Iranian rockets and keeping our land a chess board for that country's confrontations with the West is just plain dumb.

Saying that Israel is our enemy while saluting a Syrian regime which continues to target and kill Lebanese politicians, security as well as judiciary officials, and regular citizens is not only dumb but divisive and [dare I say it?] damn un-Lebanese.


  1. Anonymous9:28 PM

    Nicely put!

  2. Bad Vilbel12:07 AM


    It's long past time to "take out the trash". And by that, I mean stop trying to "negotiate" with these people and just take them out, even if the cost is to be civil war (yeah, i went there).

  3. Salvation starts by calling a spade a spade and a traitor a traitor, an enemy/enemy not brother etc...

    Words matter.

    For all their good intentions, Mitri and Saniora and Sfeir and M14 are losers, and will continue to lose as long as they don't call things and people by by their name.

  4. Yes to all that is mentioned.
    As an ex exile who finally came back home I see no future for my son in Lebanon anymore. Many of the Lebanese I interact with are fed up, but none can foresee a change for the better anytime soon. I hold much hatred for the Hizb, Wiam, General, ...etc and no respect whatsoever for M14. I find it hard to believe that we still cannot have politicians "for the people and from the people." Lebanese lack the necessary education and patriotism to revolt and change Lebanon for the better.
    Any simple minded person can see that all current politicians are making empty promises and change their political speeches frequently, still they follow.
    Can anyone still claim that Michel Suleiman is still the right candidate for the job?
    Can anyone predict when will we have to face Israel's wrath and how extended it will be this time?
    Can anyone guarantee that Syria will not rule over Lebanon again?
    And what are we (the people) doing about it?


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