Colonel Charbel Barakat is a retired Lebanese Army officer who had a vast first hand experience, education and knowledge on fundamentalism, terrorism and terrorists. He is a prominent author, writer, political commentator, expert on terrorism and human rights activist. In a recent political analysis he addressed in depth the latest Hezbollah coup d'état in
Elias Bejjani/LCCC Chairman
He who plants the wind shall reap the storm
By: Colonel Charbel Barakat
“It was a forlorn day when the Lebanese agreed, albeit under duress, to
the ‘Taef Accord”. It necessitated
dismantling and disarming the militias in 1990.
Some short-sighted Lebanese, especially inexperienced rookie
Hezbollah never carried the Lebanese flag and has advocated since its
beginning (1982) for an Islamic State a la
The Syrian occupation imposed Hezbollah, this armed gang, which
recognizes no-one, and none of the Lebanese values, it promoted it as a sacred
hero, which it praised day and night.
Inevitably, Hezbollah became intoxicated by the Syrian sycophancy to the
point where it sees itself as the rightful ruler of
The tide then turned, first against the abandoned people of the South
The Southern Children chanted no national anthem, but that of
Israeli PM Barak then decided to withdraw unconditionally from
No one in Beirut was willing to admit that this offer was the last instrument in Lebanon’s favor, because the hatred planted by the suicidal party (Hezbollah) blinded the hearts of many, who thought the humiliation of our Southern brothers at the hands of Iran and Syria was a benefit to them, so they praised the beast, and carried it on their shoulders.
They even requested that the free world countries decline from receiving
the southern refugees in the aftermath of the Israeli military withdrawal from
their region in the year 2000. These victims who are from all Lebanese
religious denominations had no other safe place to flee to, except to
Meanwhile hundreds of the SLA members and their family members who took
the risk and stayed in
Destiny however triumphed over all, as those Lebanese politicians and parties who falsely deceived themselves and thought they have pacified the beast were devoured by it, starting by the leader that defended it all over the world (late PM. Rafik Hariri), and protected them from offenses, then they rewarded him by facilitating his assassination in 2005, then proceeded to burn his dream of rebuilding the country.
And now here we are today regretting his passing, and the passing of other fallen ones, despite their shortsightedness. The beast has devoured the father and now turned on the sons.
One may wonder, what could
How pitiful is a government that dares not support the Free world who
prescribed the cure in the UNSCR 1559, in 2005, but instead volunteered to
protect the beast in its cabinet statement and legitimize its terrorism and its
state inside the state. And then failed to request international assistance to
tame, disarm and contain Hezbollah after the destructive war it instigated
One wonders what the solution is then. The answer is very simple. The
Lebanese Government must recognize fully and seek the implementation of the
UNSCR (1559 and 1701), and immediately officially request that the
international body intervene militarily and by all other means to protect
The Lebanese Government must also put at the UN's disposal all its armed forces and services and coordinate with it to uproot this evil which has ravaged the life of civilians, burned neighborhoods, destroyed media outlets, and is indiscriminately spreading its hatred in all directions.
It is a mockery of fate that Larsen has been put in charge of the UNSCR
1559 implementation; after all, he was the one that rejected Lebanon
Southerner’s and their SLA’s (
As it is an irony too that Barak the Israeli PM then, the defense
minister now, surrendered the South Lebanon and its
Will the Lebanese politicians and officials also correct their strategic
mistake of calling Hezbollah a “liberator”, and “resistance” group, this beast
that retarded the Israeli withdrawal from
Meanwhile will the Lebanese politicians and parities deal with reality
and once and forever abandon the rhetoric fight against the state of
Or will they all, again, bear false witness to the birth of a Hezbollah state over the totality of Lebanon’s land, so that it spreads, not only as it did after the Israeli withdrawal of 2000, with a series of terrorist bombings in Israel, the Arab countries, and elsewhere that ultimately reached New York and European capitals, but to launch unconventional attacks this time, which will force the whole world to taste bitter and bloody experiences much more destructive than September 11, and what followed in Afghanistan or Iraq?
**Translated from Arabic by the Lebanese Canadian Coordinating Council Media Department