Is Hizbullah trying to take over Lebanon with Iran's help? â€“ Khaled Abu Toameh â€“ www.jpost.com
The Lebanese guerrilla group is about to have its true face unmasked by
the UN Hariri investigation - of course it's panicking.
and Iran now have a common interest in escalating tensions in the
Middle East: Hizbullah, with the help of Iran, may be planning to stage a
coup in Lebanon to cover up and divert attention from its role in the
assassination of former Lebanses prime minister Rafik Hariri.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's
plan to visit Lebanon in the coming weeks should be seen in the context
of Hizbullah's plot to take over the country. Some
Lebanese have gone as far as condemning the visit as a "provocation,"
noting that it would also raise tensions between Lebanon and Israel
because of Ahmadinejad's plan to tour the border between the two
UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon is about to publish the results
of its investigation into the killing of the former prime minister.
According to reliable sources, the report is expected to hold Hizbullah
responsible for the assassination.
that its true face is about to be unmasked, Hizbullah is of course
panicking and searching for ways to get out of the sinkhole.
Hizbullah's rhetoric and actions in recent weeks suggest that the Shi'ite organization is up to no good.
issued by Hizbullah leaders in the past few days indicate that the
organization has evil plans. Nawwaf al-Moussawi, a Hizbullah MP in the
Lebanese parliament, warned that any Lebanese who accepts the
international tribunal's indictment findings would be killed as a
"collaborator" with Israel and the US.
to reports from Lebanon, Hizbullah militiamen have been deployed in
several "sensitive" locations throughout the country in preparation for
overthrowing the government and taking over the entire country.
Hizbullah's message to the world is: If you publish the truth - that we
killed Hariri - we will seize control over Lebanon and turn it into
few weeks ago, Hizbullah militiamen stormed their way into Lebanon's
international airport in Beirut to escort a former security official,
Jamil al-Sayyed, from the plane to the VIP lounge.
has accused the international tribunal on Lebanon of being biased. He
has also accused Hariri's son, Sa'ad [the current prime minister] and
other Lebanese security officials, of misleading the tribunal into
concluding that Hizbullah was behind the assassination.
incident at the airport shows once again that Hizbullah is in fact a
state-within-a-state in Lebanon. The Shiite organization has its own
security forces and intelligence services and communications system.
does not acknowledge the Lebanese state as sovereign," said Michael
Young, an opinion editor at Beirut's The Daily Star and author of "The
Ghosts of Martryrs Square: An Eyewitness Account of Lebanon's Life
pointed out that Hizbullah had already staged something similar to a
coup two years ago. "The armed takeover of Beirut in May 2008 confirmed
that Hizbullah would fire on its fellow citizens and regarded state
authority and the rule of law as thin veneers to be swept away when
necessary," he said.
would of course welcome the opportunity to export the "Islamic
Revolution" to Lebanon. Instability in the region would divert attention
from his nuclear ambitions and allow him to fulfill his dream of wiping
Israel off the map.
A victory for Iran and Hizbullah in Lebanon would also be a victory for Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic Jihad - and Al-Qaida.