By Elias Bejjani, www.IsraelNationalNews.com
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” — Edmund Burke, 17th century philosopher and author
The US government, in its State Department report for 2008, has labeled Hezbollah as the world’s most effective terrorist organization. The report said that Iran remains the most active state sponsor of terrorism, including supporting terrorist groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
According to the same report, “Iran’s involvement in the planning and financial support of terrorist attacks throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Central Asia had a direct impact on international efforts to promote peace, threatened economic stability in the Gulf, and undermined the growth of democracy.” It singled out the Qods Force, an elite branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), as the Islamic Republic’s main means to cultivate and support terrorists overseas. The Qods Force gave “weapons, training, and funding” to Hamas and other Palestinian anti-Israeli groups, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, as well as Iraq-based militants and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
How can the US, the mightiest military and financial power in the world, officially recognize the serious and great dangers of Iran and its terrorist proxy Hezbollah, while expecting the Lebanese people and their crippled government and military institutions to tame, control, and disarm this same terrorist organization?
From day one of its creation by Iran in 1982 until now, Hezbollah has been a serious and deadly threat to all civilized countries. As such, it is not a mere Lebanese problem, but a grave threat and challenge to global peace, stability, and democracy.
What is unfortunate and shameful is that the free world, and surrounding Arab countries, are not showing enough determination, transparency, seriousness, or persistence in dealing with Hezbollah. Unbelievably, some very influential Western countries, including England, are actively negotiating with this terrorist organization and providing its fanatic and extremist leadership with academic, media, and political platforms to spread their doctrines of terrorism under the false pretext of “free speech.”
In reality, Hezbollah is an Iranian militant organization on all levels and by every definition. Its Iranian mission, terrorist activities, and objectives have become crystal clear not only to the Lebanese people, who are suffering on a daily basis from its oppression, intimidation, and dictatorship, but also to the majority of the Arab states, the US, Canada, and Australia. Hezbollah intimidation, fear mongering, and illicit fundraising extend to many European, African, and Southern American countries as well.
The only positive element is that Hezbollah can no longer fool the educated patriots and nationalists in Lebanon or in the Arab communities into believing that it is an indigenous resistance entity and liberation movement whose sole purpose is to defend Arab rights and Lebanese sovereignty. Its extremely active involvement in worldwide drug trafficking and terrorism has exposed Hezbollah’s Iran-dictated hierarchy, ripping off the seductive facade of “resistance” that they so cleverly attempt to hide behind. Thankfully, most of Hezbollah’s devious tactics of camouflage and deceptiveness are no longer working, revealing their destructive, criminal, Iranian agenda.
Many of Hezbollah’s own Shiite Lebanese community — which it dominates and controls by religion, money, bribery, intimidation, and brute force — are losing patience and quickly realizing the true colors of the Hezbollah “resistance” cloak. Many are turning their backs on this militia, whose loyalties and agendas are more Iranian than Lebanese.
It is pathetic that the Free World in general, and the Arab world in particular, continue to appease and cajole Hezbollah’s leadership, inflate their already swollen egos, hail their fabricated and cleverly titled “divine victories,” and turn a blind eye to their ongoing arms smuggling through the Syrian-Lebanese border.
Since 1982, Hezbollah has systematically been devouring Lebanon, destroying its military, judicial, and financial institutions, crippling its legislature and democratic government, and fragmenting and terrorizing its delicate social fabric, all the while solidifying the terrorist infrastructure and Iranian-modeled institutions of its mini-state and scattered cantons.
The looming, devastating threat that Hezbollah poses to Lebanon and the Lebanese, will be an unfortunate and lethal reality if it and its pro-Syrian mercenary allies win a majority government in the upcoming June 7th parliamentary elections. If this nightmare comes to Lebanon, Hezbollah and Iran will impose by force a replica of Gaza’s terrorist Hamas government.
Hezbollah has already confiscated — by force, money, and intimidation — all the allocated Shiite seats in the parliament. It has also forced its candidates on Christians, Druze, and Sunni Muslims who live inside Hezbollah cantons. Almost 100 out of the 128 elected MPs are going to win their seats uncontested because of both the biased electoral law and Hezbollah’s terrorism and religious decrees.
The 28 seats that will decide who gets the parliamentary majority will be challenged in four constituencies where the Christian voters are the majority. Accordingly, Christian voters will hold in their hands the fate of Lebanon. Either they will vote against Hezbollah’s allies and keep Lebanon a democratic, free, and multi-cultural society of coexistence and peace, or they will vote for Michel Aoun, the Christian ex-general egomaniac who entered into a self-serving alliance with Hezbollah in order to better his chances of obtaining the presidency. This unholy alliance has furthered the legitimacy of Hezbollah and increased their tyrannical grip over Lebanon.
Hezbollah’s essence and spiritual, cultural, and political foundation are totally derived from the Iranian mullah’s doctrine of Wilayat al-Faqih. The main pillars of this doctrine are zero tolerance for all others who are of different faith and culture and who do not fully submit to their control. It is a blatant rejection of civil, democratic, and free societies; a systematic, tireless effort to export the Wilayat al-Faqih and impose it on the whole world through jihad, deeply rooted hatred for the Western democracies and cultures, staunch enmity and hostility towards the US and Israel — all with a suicidal mentality. One of its prime aims is to destroy Israel and “liberate” the holy city of Jerusalem.
General Aoun, Syria and Iran’s mouthpiece, is a Maronite Christian whose personal ambitions and lust for power have completely aligned him with the Syrian-Iranian-Hezbollah agenda. He has negated all his previous pro-Lebanon, pro-sovereignty, and pro-independence slogans, and he has viciously turned his back on and attacked the Maronite Church and its patriarch. He has betrayed every historic social, religious, and national conviction of the Lebanese Christians.
Christian voters must vote for those who are committed to the holy cause of Lebanon’s freedom, sovereignty, and culture of peace, coexistence, and progress. Voting for Aoun’s ticket is voting for Iran’s mullahs and their project to swallow Lebanon and turn it into a dictatorship run by their proxy, Hezbollah.
Nobody at the present time knows better than the Iraqi people what terrorism is, such as that Hezbollah imposes on Lebanon. I will end with a quotation from Mr. Noori Kamal al-Maliki, Prime Minister of Iraq, in his statement at the 62nd UN General Assembly:
“Terrorism kills civilians, journalists, actors, thinkers, and professionals; it attacks universities, marketplaces, and libraries; it blows up mosques and churches, and destroys the infrastructure of state institutions. We consider terrorism an extension of the fallen dictatorship, whether it may vary in its outside form or by the gangs that carry it out. Terrorism aims at aborting the political process and igniting sectarian dissension as a prelude to hijacking Iraq back into the era of tyranny, oppression, and backwardness.”