Lebanon is tittering between political bombast and trembling fear. While Hizbullah deputy-head Naim Kassem threatens Israel with missile attacks, the Beirut politicians including Prime Minister Saad Hariri, hear with trepidation Israeli threats to “destroy the infrastructures” of Lebanon, and not only Hizbullah sites, in the next round of fighting. Israeli Minister Yossi Peled cautioned that the next round after the summer war of 2006 is most likely in the offing during 2010.
It is not Israel which is the cause of the persistent slide toward warfare, for she would be content with a quiet border. It is Lebanon, most specifically ‘Hizbullah-bulling’ Lebanon that is committed to jihad and a changed status
These forces undermine and destroy domestic regimes that are deemed religiously unworthy of political legitimacy.
quo. This situation offers no escape from a military confrontation.
A network of global Islamic terrorism stretches across countries and continents with the goal of establishing universal Muslim rule in the world. This is defined as the restoration of the early caliphate, the victory of believers over infidels, the triumph of justice against oppression – based on the nullification of all religions other than Islam.
The leading forces in this massive campaign include the Wahhabi kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Muslim Brotherhood centered in Egypt, Al-Qaeda of Osama bin-Laden, and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Intersecting alliances link them and local Middle Eastern proxies, like Hizbullah and Hamas, together.
A most central ambition of these forces is to undermine and destroy domestic regimes that are deemed religiously unworthy of political legitimacy. It was the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979 against the Shah’s monarchy that serves as the modern model for boundless combat within any country, until Islamic victory is consummated. The assassination of Anwar Sadat by the Jihad Organization in 1981 removed an Egyptian president, though failed to oust a heretical regime from power. Islamic warfare against ‘virtual’ Muslims, who are deprecated as apostates or non-believers, seeks to deny power to such odious deviants.
This outlook illuminates the many internal Muslim war theatres today. The ongoing Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan against the Karazai government has not ceased since 2001. In Iraq, the post-2003 governments have been confounded by Islamic terrorism, both Shiite and Sunni, in a relentless effort by the rebels to prevent the consolidation of a regime, that disavows Islamic fundamentalism and, no less grievously, is politically linked to America.
In the Palestinian arena Hamas and Islamic Jihad challenge Fatah/PLO, both at the ballot box and in the streets, for political primacy. When the PLO ruled in a singular fashion from 1993 until 2006, Hamas defiantly refused to disarm and submit to the Palestinian Authority.
The scenario of violent and militant Islam unbound and unrepentant is clearly at the root of the Lebanese political imbroglio. As a proxy of Iran, Hizbullah is aligned with Islamic revolution while aiming to de-Christianize and Islamicize all Lebanon, mocking the rich cultural strands of the yet singular Lebanese nationality. It defies the
A political solution to the problem with Hizbullah, like other Islamic country-case armed movements, does not exist.
international community’s call for its disarmament, which is also the aspiration of most Lebanese citizens. Hizbullah is nothing less than the arch-enemy of Lebanon’s soul and sovereignty, while feigning to be its savior from Israel.
As in Algeria, Pakistan, and Morocco, transnational Islam relentlessly challenges existing governmental authority in the name of pure, authentic, classical Islam. This kind of Muslim-Muslim Islamic jihad is unwilling, either to respect existing national institutions and tow the line, or honor the will of the majority and the sanctity of national narratives.
Islamic movements and militias that either suffer a setback or have yet to secure a victory never agree to relinquish their weapons. Therefore, no alternative method will effectively save Lebanon until some force decisively defeats and forcibly disarms Hizbullah. A political solution to the problem with Hizbullah, like other Islamic country-case armed movements, does not exist.
The solution is just a matter of time, because history has taught us that, in the end, the arrogant and haughty always fall from power.