For three decades, terrorist groups have exploited supposed “external threats” in order to dominate and exploit the peaceful people of Lebanon. To get an idea of the cyclical nature of the Lebanese crisis, just pick up a Lebanese newspaper published 30 years ago and read the headline from southern Lebanon. Then, fast-forward to 2005, and read the headline from southern Lebanon in the same newspaper, and you will see that the basic “formula” for the terrorists’ endless war remains the same:
1. Armed elements armed and financed by foreign parties attack northern Israeli villages for the objective of “liberating” “Arab” land that may or may not be occupied.
2. Israel discourages this by retaliating with far greater force than the original attack, destroying Lebanese villages and infrastructure. Dozens and occasionally hundreds of Lebanese villagers in the south are killed or injured.
3. The United Nations condemns the violence (with or without a resolution), and the Arab “brothers” of Lebanon condemn Israel for violating Lebanese sovereignty.
4. The Lebanese government – cognizant of the fact that it is itself violating international law by allowing freelance “resistance” militias to attack a neighboring country and abdicating control over its own borders – refuses or is unable to stop the charade. Instead, it resorts to Arab nationalist slogans of “liberation” from some “enemy” who has some vague “ambitions” over the country, and with whom it categorically refuses to even contemplate negotiating border issues (Shebaa), which were created by a “brotherly” Arab country and not by the “enemy.”
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