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Iran's Mercenaries in Lebanon By: Elias Bejjani
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, November 15, 2007


Hezbollah's General Secretary Sayed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a fiery speech on Sunday November 11, 2007, in which he vows to maintain his party's military might, challenged the whole free world, the UN resolutions, the majority of the Lebanese people, and refused to disarm. His speech was seen by many observers as an open and bold declaration of war, and a mean Iranian-Syrian instigation for a coup in Lebanon. He said:

No one in the world can disarm Hezbollah. The resistance in Lebanon has determination, will, manpower and sufficient weapons to face Israel in a new conflict. No to the implementation of the UN Resolution 1559. Hezbollah's recent maneuvers convey a message that the resistance is ready to make a historic victory that would change the face of the region. Any Lebanese president elected by a simple majority will not be recognized by the opposition, which would consider him to be an impostor.

Clear, public, strong and deterrent stances in regards to Nasrallah's recent threats are urgently required from all Lebanese parties, communities and institutions, the United Nations and its Security Council, free countries, and the Arab League, because Hezbollah, this Iranian "Wilayat Al Fakih, Republican Guards" party, is apparently determined to topple the Lebanese democratic regime and erect in its place a replicate of the oppressive and religious Iranian Republic.

It is no longer acceptable, by any measure of law and self-respect, for any Lebanese from any social, religious, or ethnic background to surrender or remain passive towards these national and moral debaucheries. We, the Lebanese both in Lebanon and the Diaspora, must rebel against this hostage conditioning imposed upon us by terrorist and fundamentalist groups.

It is no longer acceptable that the Lebanese tolerate any further coexistence with conditions of fear, obedience, self-delusion, falsification of facts, and false witnessing.

It is no longer acceptable that the Lebanese play the role of the falling prey hiding behind outdated and obsequious political stances.

We should not remain silent watching the madness of perverted politicians whose only goal is to serve their own self-interest, bank accounts, and lust for power, all at the expense of the nation, its survival, and the Lebanese people's livelihood and dignity.

The highest of these sacrileges is the Hezbollah condition, its confused terminology, its fabricated accomplishments, its destructive role, its Irano-Syrian expansionist conspiracies, and its aggressions of all forms. This party, invented by Iran and nurtured by Syria since 1982 has been tasked with murder, assassinations, terror, the subjugation of the Lebanese Shiites, and the sabotage of the Lebanese regime and its dismantlement. This is neither a party, nor a resistance; rather, it is a formal de facto Iranian Army stationed in Lebanon, directly backed in weapons and funds by the Iranian regime. Hezbollah's ties to the Iranian regime transcend Lebanon's boundaries, and the group returns the favor to Tehran by training Shiite insurgents in Iraq to attack U.S. interests there and worldwide.

No one among the Lebanese ignores that the financier, the ideologue, and the decision maker behind Hezbollah's marching orders is simply the Iranian regime. All Hezbollah's local leaders are appointed and demoted by Iran. Their absolute loyalty is to Iran and to the religious edicts originating from its Mullahs. These Iranian agents have not one grain of loyalty whatsoever to Lebanon, its institutions, its constitution, and its society.

Hezbollah's ethics and the doctrine of its masters in Damascus and Teheran consider Lebanon their war playground. And the declared duty of this Jihadist "religious" party is to transform Lebanon into a satellite state to Iran's "Wilayat Al Fakih" state, a replicate of its fundamentalist mullah regime imposed through terror on the Iranian people.

The Syrian occupier (1976-2005) nurtured Iranian Hezbollah during its 30 years of occupation of Lebanon. It provided it with all necessary logistical support to dominate its zones of influence within Lebanon in all aspects: militarily, culturally, and religiously. The Assad regime allowed Hezbollah to erect its own closed security quarters in Beirut, the South, and the Bekaa. As to the Iranian mullah regime, it committed to the financing, armament, and training and control of Hezbollah.

There has never been a consensus on Hezbollah's "resistance" role, because it never was a resistance against Israel, as it has marketed itself. Neither was Israel's withdrawal back in 2000 due to Hezbollah's "resistance"; it was rather based on a public decision adopted by the Israeli state since 1985 due to local Israeli domestic considerations and to constant pressures from the Clinton administration. Indeed, Hezbollah's actions played in favor of the Israeli occupation of the south lasting as long as it did, by delaying for 15 years an otherwise inevitable withdrawal. The reason: The presence of the Israeli army in Lebanon was convenient to the Syrian and Iranian regimes. This is why, following that withdrawal in 2000, Hezbollah - again instructed by Damascus and Tehran - concocted the Shebaa Farms charade to justify its continued "resistance" and its raison d'etre to continue raping Lebanese sovereignty and inflicting harm to Lebanon as a nation and as a people.

The so-called "consensus" on Hezbollah's "resistance" during the Syrian occupation was a coerced position obtained through force and terror, and had nothing to do with the deliberate will and thinking of the Lebanese people. The "Shebaa Farms" themselves were occupied and annexed by Syria from Lebanon in the 1950s - after the murder of three Lebanese gendarmes posted there - until they were captured by Israel in 1967 during the Six Day War. Shebaa falls under UN resolutions 242 and 338, and are considered by the international community as Syrian land. Hezbollah, Syria and Iran have marketed this lie to justify their continued occupation of Lebanon and to continue fomenting tensions along the Lebanese-Israeli borders.

It must be noted that the 1989 Taef Accord never mentioned any role of a "resistance." It banned all armed organizations and weapons outside the legitimacy of the Lebanese State, and explicitly called for all militia weapons to be surrendered to the State as well as for the disbanding of all militias within 6 months of the implementation date of the Accord . It also upheld The 1949 Lebanese-Israeli Armistice Agreement.

It is to be noted as well that the 2004 UN Resolution 1559 is an international embodiment of the "Taef Accord." It repeats clearly and without any ambiguity all of the provisions of Taef as to the disbanding of militias, the collection of illegal Palestinian and Lebanese weapons, and the support for the establishment of the Lebanese State's authority over all its territory using its own armed forces.

So. to all the Lebanese pro-sovereignty politicians and all honest Lebanese we say: Enough self-delusion. End the humiliation and the submission. Announce loudly and clearly, candidly and without fear, to all the media, that Hezbollah was never a "resistance," and that under all international and legal norms, Hezbollah is a formal Iranian Army stationed in Lebanon. Therefore, all allegations as to its so-called "resistance" role and its "sacred" weapons, are simply a crime against the truth and a brazen aggression against the people of Lebanon, against our existence, history, and dignity. As to those who suggest the merger of Hezbollah with the Lebanese army, they need to understand that such move would allow Hezbollah to dominate the army of the Cedars nation and to consequently transform the Lebanese state into a total Hezbollah state. So be vigilant against this mortal ploy.

Any Lebanese presidential candidate who avoids dealing with these truths with courage and candor will be a toy in the hands of Hezbollah, a hostage in the hands of its masters in Damascus and Teheran, and an obedient tool in the hands of Hassan Nasrallah, who would complete his domination of the Lebanese State.

In summary, the entire Lebanese problem today can be defined in two visions. The first is one of a free, sovereign, and independent Lebanese State with its thriving civil society, a coexistence model, thriving in freedom, democracy, and peace under international law and in compliance with UN resolutions. The second is one of an Iranian-Syrian Hezbollah ministate which, through threats and force, is expanding like an octopus to swallow the whole of Lebanon, impose its ideology and stone-age fundamentalism and totalitarianism. This second state will annihilate everything Lebanese about Lebanon's identity and history. It will kill all that Lebanon has stood for centuries by making it a hostage to antiquated Islamic and Arab nationalist ideologies.

The choice between these two visions is one to be made by the Lebanese, who in their vast majority opted for the Lebanese State when 1.5 million of them demonstrated on March 14, 2005, during the peaceful and civilized "Cedars Revolution." However, the Lebanese cannot on their own deter Hezbollah's evil state-within-the-state which is an advanced base for the Axis of Evil (Syria-Iran). Lebanon therefore needs urgent military assistance from the international community in case of a final assault by Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran in their attempt to sabotage the Lebanese presidential elections on November 21.

All free nations, Arab, European, and American, must realize that Lebanon must not fall under the domination of the two Axis of Evil states through their Hezbollah army in Lebanon. This is a very dangerous matter that will threaten stability and the future of sustainable peace, not only in the Middle East, but around the world. It happened before in Lebanon, in 1975 and 1983. Both times, Lebanon was abandoned, and the Free World fled before the march of barbarity, only to see its instruments - bombs, planes, and suicide bombers - follow it into every one of its cities. It should not happen again. Let those who have ears listen.

Elias Bejjani is a human rights activist, journalist and political commentator.


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