Thanks to the expansionist designs of its Syrian neighbor, Lebanon has come to be seen as a victim in the eyes of much of the world in recent years, generating widespread sympathy abroad for the government of that divided country.
But before you take out your handkerchief and wipe away a tear, it is worth recalling that the Lebanese government openly supports terrorist attacks against Israel.
Indeed, a meeting held this past Friday underlined precisely that, when Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr met with Hassan Nasrallah, the Secretary-General of the Hizbullah terrorist group.
According to a report in the Beirut Daily Star, the purpose of the get-together was “to discuss the means of cooperation between the army and the resistance [i.e. Hizbullah] to defend Lebanon.”
In a statement afterwards, Murr said, “The army supports the resistance and the resistance is an integral part of the people, the country and the army.”
To fully appreciate how outrageous this statement is, we need to bear in mind that when Hizbullah and the Lebanese government speak of “resistance”, they are referring to firing rockets at towns and cities in northern Israel, kidnapping Israeli soldiers and civilians, and training other terrorist groups in the use of weapons and explosives.
In effect, the Lebanese government is saying that it supports the murder of innocent Jews, and when it says it wants to “cooperate” with Hizbullah, it is giving aid and comfort to a ruthless and lethal terrorist organization.
As President George W. Bush once said, “you are either with us or with the terrorists.” Looks like Lebanon has made its choice patently clear.