Ahmadinejad on the Lebanese - Israeli border
By: Elias Bejjani*
"For He who would love life, and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil, and do good. Let him seek peace, and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears open to their prayer; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”( 01 Peter1/3/10-12)
Unfortunately, Lebanon is facing at the present time a crucial and fatal
Syrian-Iranian threat to the core and essence of its existence, soul of
coexistence and freedom. And as if Lebanon's ongoing very serious and extremely
explosive internal tribulations are not enough, the Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad is ruthlessly and sadistically planning to pour oil over these
volatile problems in a bid to fully control the country. Recklessly, with cold
blood and numbed conscience his planned, irresponsible acts in south Lebanon
might set the whole Middle East on the verge of a very dangerous military
It has been confirmed by both the Iranian and Lebanese authorities that on October 13/2010 during Ahmadinejad’s controversial official visit to Lebanon, he will be the star of a number of show off public events in south Lebanon adjacent to the Israeli border. These events will be organized and fully controlled by the terrorist fundamentalist Hezbollah militia.
Two of these southern events are the inauguration of a garden financed by Iran, and an egotistical visit to the "Fatema Gate". Both sites are located on the Israeli - Lebanese border. At the "Fatima Gate", Ahmadinejad plans to throw a stone towards the Israeli side of the border to practically demonstrate his deeply rooted hatred and hostility against the Jewish state. This display of abhorrence, lack of tolerance, and anti-peace conduct goes along with his ongoing avert threats to annihilate the Jewish state that his country staunchly refuses to recognize.
It is worth mentioning that Hezbollah had started the symbolic stone throwing ritual at the "Fatima Gate" towards Israel after the unilateral Israeli withdrawal from south Lebanon in 2000. The hasty and questionable Israeli withdrawal gave this Iranian armed terrorist militia a golden opportunity to fully control the whole southern Lebanese region after Syria that was occupying Lebanon at that time did not allow the Lebanese Army to fill the Israeli withdrawal gap and deploy in the south and on the Lebanese Israeli borders. That bizarre status quo laid the foundation for the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel.
Ahmadinejad is expected to visit an established Iranian center in the village of Maroun A-Ras, where a fierce battle took place in the 2006 war between Hezbollah and the Israeli army. He will also deliver a provocative and fiery demagogic speech in the southern city of Bint-Jbiel through which he will attack the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah oppose and are endeavouring by all means to discredit and abort.
Diplomatic officials in Jerusalem said that Lebanon, not Israel, would be the party to suffer most from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s scheduled visit to southern Lebanon. “Lebanon is the primary victim, and if it wants to stop slipping into the jaws of the Iranian crocodile, it – and the moderate Arab world – should raise a strong voice and say this provocateur is not welcome,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yossi Levy said.
The USA on its part has raised serious concerns with the Lebanese officials including President Michele Suleiman about the visit. The American administration is worried about possible incidents along the volatile Lebanon-Israel border and is questioning the Lebanese wisdom and rationale in allowing the Iranian president to visit the tense border area. A USA official said on 05/10/10: "stone-throwing - either figurative or literal - is not a constructive behavior".
What is really scary about Ahmadinejad’s visit is that many Middle East
analysts see it as a pretext to an imminent Hezbollah coup in Lebanon. According
to a report published by the
"DEBKAfile web site" on October 4, 2010: "The presidents of Iran and Syria
agreed in Tehran on Saturday, Oct. 2, to support a Hezbollah military takeover
of Lebanon's power centers, including the capital Beirut, right after Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad ends his controversial visit to the country on October 13-14.
Ahmadinejad and Assad also decided to continue to harass Lebanese Prime Minister
Saad Hariri by delegitimization of his government, as well as intimidation and
humiliation to force him to dissolve the Special Tribunal for Lebanon-STL which
has brought charges against Hezbollah officials for the murder of former
Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005. If this campaign disables the
Hariri government, so much the better, because then Hezbollah will be able to
walk in and set up a transitional administration together with its allies, the
Druze leader, Walid Jumblatt, and the Christian ex-general, Michel Aoun. This
administration will rule the regions dominated by Hezbollah gunmen and proclaim
its legality as a viable alternative to the failed Hariri government,
Sadly, Lebanon at the present time is not a free or an independent country because of the Syrian - Iranian military hegemony enforced directly through Hezbollah's armed militia that remains the most technically-capable terrorist group in the world and a continued security threat to the United States, Arab and Middle East countries and to all the Free World. Hezbollah is responsible for some of the deadliest terrorist attacks against Americans in history. The United States, Australia, and Canada have designated Hezbollah as a foreign terrorist organization.
Hezbollah is not a Lebanese party by any criterion, but rather a foreign army
in Lebanon. Its decision-making process, financing, ideology, training, supplies
and weapons all come from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard headquarters and
leadership. It has been well documented by several informed resources that Iran
annually pays Hezbollah billions of dollars. . This militia was founded in
Lebanon by the Iranian mullahs and the Syrian regime in 1982 and its main
mission was and still is to export, advocate and spread by force the Khomeini
religious ideology to all Middle Eastern countries. Hezbollah has been entrusted
by the Iranian mullahs and the Syrian Baathist regime to topple the Lebanese
Free State and erect in its place an Iranian satellite state.
The Lebanese people who oppose the growing Syria - Iranian devastating influence over their country are totally against Ahmadinejad’s visit and envisage it as a real threat to the fragile peace in the region and a dire infringement on their country's sovereignty and independence, especially that Ahmadinejad and other high ranking Iranian officials have boldly announced publically that "Lebanon is Iran's border with Israel" and that "Iran will defeat the Satanic USA and Israel in Lebanon".
In the same realm, many members of the Lebanese democratic March 14 Alliance - the political bloc headed by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Harri - have criticized the planned Iranian visit as a bid to underline Iran's potential to disrupt Middle East peace efforts. Meanwhile, the Christian Lebanese Forces leader, Dr. Samir Geagea, has called on the Iranian president to act as a respected official visitor and not as an instigator, to honor Lebanon's sovereignty and to utter his hostile and hate mongering stances from Iran and not from Lebanon.
In conclusion, Ahmadinejad’s provocative visit to Lebanon is not welcomed at all by the majority of the Lebanese people. Meanwhile, many Lebanese pro-peace and -democracy groups and parties are planning massive peaceful protest demonstrations in several towns and cities to show their opposition to visit.
*Canadian-Lebanese Human Rights activist, journalist and political commentator
*Web sites http://www.10452lccc.com & http://www.clhrf.com
*Mailing phoenicia group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Phoenicia/.