A Christian Lebanese Patriot Speaks Out


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Hezbollah is not just a threat to Lebanon and Lebanese democracy; it poses a threat to the U.S. and the West as well. In his 2002 address to the U.S. Institute for Peace, former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Arbitrage stated that “Hezbollah may be the A-team of terrorists, and al-Qaida is actually the B-team.”

Mikati, a telecommunication tycoon and a billionaire, is a Sunni-Muslim caught between his sentiments toward his fellow Sunnis, and his dependence on Hezbollah’s good will to govern Lebanon. He is also caught in the middle between pleasing the wealthy Saudis and the more threatening Iranians and Syrians.

As far as Hakim is concerned, Mikati is merely “a marionette in the hands of the Hezbollah.”  He believes that it does not matter who is prime minister leading the Hezbollah-controlled “March 8” camp. The bottom line is that “the person will implement the Hezbollah and Iran’s agenda.”

The global economic downturn has had a lesser effect on Lebanon, according to Hakim. Despite the upheaval in the Arab world, which caused economic instability, Lebanon is enjoying an upturn. On one hand, this is because aid is coming from Iran, most of which is obviously aimed at bolstering the Shiite population, and of course for military-related projects controlled by Hezbollah.  And, on the other hand, the Saudis are providing aid to the Sunnis, and due to the economic decline in the Gulf, many Lebanese are returning home and buying properties, which has stimulated the local real estate market.

Another issue Hakim is passionate about is the role the Palestinians play in Lebanese life.  He believes that in order to restore a semblance of harmony in Lebanon, actions must be taken to move the Palestinians out. The Palestinians, “are living miserable lives in Lebanon, and Lebanon is ill-equipped to provide for them,” he said. Moreover, he said, “The oil-rich Arab states have done little to alleviate Palestinian poverty.” Hakim’s solution is to remove the Palestinians from Lebanon and relocate them to the Arab Gulf states.

Concluding our conversation, Hakim quipped that for Christians like himself, the immediate hope is for the defeat of Obama by the Republicans in the next election, followed by a new Middle East strategy which would reward pro-Western elements in Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East.

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  • Amused

    But jihad against the Lebanese Christians has a very long history. Decades before 9/11, al-Qaida's predecessors have slaughtered Lebanese monks in Deir Ashashe in 1975; massacred thousands of Christians in Damour in 1976; and raped, maimed and razed villages in East Sidon in the mid-1980s. Even after the so-called end of the War in Lebanon, bin Laden's men were still rampaging in Christian areas of Lebanon into the new Millennium In January 2000, al-Qaida terrorists murdered a number of civilians in Kfar Habou in Northern Lebanon, slicing the body of a pregnant woman and torturing a nun to death in a Beirut suburb. Lebanese Christian blood was spilled by the organization responsible for September 11 throughout the 1990s. Symbolism wasn't absent from al-Qaida guidelines. Many McDonalds, Pizza Huts and other American-themed restaurants, located in the Christian sectors of Lebanon, were bombed over the past 12 years.

  • Amused

    Where has the outcry from previous American Presidents been ? What about the Pope ? lol…again the OHS [Obama Hate Syndrome ] takes precedence over the truth .

    {now lets see them thumbs down ,boys }

    • LibertyLover

      Ther are many Americans from all political persuasions that are disgusted with the performance of our leaders regarding the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. The claiming that Obama must be held blameless because other Presidents have behave likewise fits the usual lame mouthings from the progressive left. What would be more impressive is if Barry O would man-up and take a stand to protect the victims of religious persecution. However, he probably sides with the anti-Christian hate front.

    • old white guy

      because somone else did it does not mean obama gets a pass.

  • Amused

    And BTW , just FYI , most Christian Lebanese are just as opposed to Israel's existence , and hate jews , just as much as their muslim persecutors . Christians were slaughtered in Lebanon simply because they were gaining influence in social strata and politics . Even the phallangists who perpetrated tha Sabra and Shatilla incident , were not so much pro-Israel as they were anti-palestinian and this, for palestinians killing their leaders , and inciting civil war in Lebanon .

    • bemused

      I am endlessly amused by your propaganda Amused. Where do you go for training to generate these half truths? Just by listing and naming towns and villages? Very clever!

      You obviously are not against any particular party and a general non-hater. Just promoting your ideas for the goodness of humanity. Thank you!

      The west should clearly support the co-existence of all people in Lebanon and help develop one of the oldest democracies in the Arab world towards stability.  That's a tall order given Lebanon's close and not so far neighbors.

      • Amused

        I understand your "bemusement " , you're ignorant of historical fact , and no doubt a revisionist with a cause , therefore the truth dissappoints . Dont worry that's natural , when facts dont fit one's world view , they are simply rejected . But I'll give you the benefit of the doubt , [simply because of similarity of screenames -LOL] SO PLEASE REFUTE any of what I have written above ….or prove you know what you're talking about and criticizing ,as it were , other than merely being another sychophant for your partisan ideology .

        • bemused

          I do not subscribe to your communication methods and will not engage you in your favorite pastime.

          In the future, when you make general and generic statements, support them with evidence rather than arrogance.

          • Amused

            Who cares what you "subscribe to " , I placed facts down , you placed your bruised ego in return . Either refute what I said , if you choose to debate ,or runalong little boy .
            BTW , those were not "general " or "generic statements " ….do you know what you're talking about ?

          • bemused

            Just one example of your facts: "And BTW , just FYI , most Christian Lebanese are just as opposed to Israel's existence , and hate jews , just as much as their muslim persecutors ."

          • Amused

            THATS FACT . Between 1966 and 1971 , I was in Beirut on atleast 6 occaissions . I have acquaintances , who are Lebanese Christians right here in the US . I have been to the crossing at Metulla .I have spoken to many Lebanese over bthe years ,both Christian and muislim and found both to be opposed to Israel .They both have beenn taught from childhood that Israel is the source of all their problems .
            When was the last time you were in Beirut ?

          • old white guy

            were you there?

  • Ben

    Hey, bemused, your "coexistance support" has nothing with the facts of Muslims outnubers and seizing the complete power in Lebanon,while their church collaborates with Muslims and ME churches efforts directed against Israel. This collaboration with Islam have made much harm to Lebanese Christians.

    • bemused

      Fiction. How do you make such uncorroborated statements? It's easy to do…

  • effemall

    The fate of Christians in the Muslim world will be the same as that which the Jews had. The Jews had Israel to flee to but the Christians, most often local Arabs whose roots predate Islam, will have a more difficult time finding a refuge. Does Obama care? Of course not. His main concern these days is 2012.

  • Amused

    Nor does it seem hat anyone else cares either .The whole purpose of this authors article was not to promote the cause of downtrodden Christians in Lebanon [or anywhere else ] but to dump on the object of the common hatred here on this website which is Obama .
    BTW if you are ignorant on the subject of christian arabs in Lebanon [or even Phoenician descendents ] and arab/palestinian christians in Israel itself -you may be surprised to know , that for the mst part they would see Israel destroyed .That is not to say that they deserve what's happening to them , but merely to expose a truth .

  • Amused

    "Bemused " replying to Amused wrote :
    I am endlessly amused by your propaganda Amused. Where do you go for training to generate these half truths? Just by listing and naming towns and villages? Very clever! You obviously are not against any particular party and a general non-hater. Just promoting your ideas for the goodness of humanity. Thank you! -endquote
    BTW " bemused" , since you have correctly determined that I have no party affiliation , and yes, I do note hate , then please tell me , for what purpose , have you determined , is the ideology /philosophy behind my so called "propaganda" ? LOL-"the goodness of humanity " ?
    Haha , ABOSOLUTELY NOT ! IT IS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE IGNORANT , AND THE PROPAGANDISTS , AND THE HATERS , who lie and distort the facts for their own agendas , in order to claim exclusivity of their own world view . That's fine , but I'll stick to facts and objective observation . Thank you .

    • Bemused

      Just read what you write. Pretty obvious where you stand. You're a blind supporter of Israel living in complete oblivion to the truth. You spin facts so often that you start to believe them yourself.

      You used to feed on the ignorant. Many people see through you and through your spin cycles.

      Your ideology is clear: "at any cost"

      You have little to no objectivity and are devoid of humanity. One track mind…

      Keep cruising the Internet and spin, it's what you do.

      • Amused

        Keep talking bemused , although you will not engage me in the presentation of facts , your ideology is slowly being drawn out . Which is usually the case when arguments are based not in fact but rejetion of them , not in observation because you have performed none , nor in valid refute , for all you are doing is talking about me . Hmmm , oh well I 'm always game for a bit of ad hominem attacks , in fact I enjoy it , so if you chose that line of argument , lets do it .
        BTW please show me what part of my statements regarding the subject were "spun " . And , what a strange statement ! LOLOL… I "feed on the ignorant " ?
        LOL…Can I take that as an admission on your part ? After all , after only a brief exchange with you , that in fact , is my conclusion about you . By all means continue "bemused " , for the truly ignorant I have only pity and instruction , but for the purposed ignorant , I have only disdain . You are of the latter .

        • bemused

          I seem to have touched a nerve.

          Besides defending everything and anything "Israel" is there a point that is relevant to this article that you are trying to make?

          • Amused

            bemused , you missed the point from the getgo , what makes you think any further expalnation will help you out of your depths of ignorance ? Sorry chump , pay more attention next time . I guess you cant recognize red meat when it's thjrown around . In this you are merely incidental , and yopur comments irrelevant .

      • old white guy

        so israel should cease to exist?

  • LindaRivera

    The IDF helped Lebanon's Christians. Also, Christian Lebanese soldiers worked together with the IDF trying to protect Lebanon's Christians from their Islamic enemies. When Israel withdrew from a strip of land on Lebanon's border, the Lebanese Christian soldiers had to escape with their lives into Israel where they live to this day.

    A Christian Lebanese organization said that the goal of Islam was to destroy the only Christian country in the Middle East – Lebanon, and to destroy Israel – the only other non-Muslim country in the Middle East. The Christian Lebanese organization wanted Israel to stand strong and never surrender land to Islam.

  • LindaRivera

    Contrary to what one of the posters here claims, articles that are written on frontpagemag and the people who comment on them are NOT interested in criticizing a particular president. Not only that, but there are clearly a whole number of people behind the decisions that presidents make.

    Our concern is the PROTECTION of INNOCENTS.

    • Amused

      Suuuuure it is Linda , but you are either very naive or deceptive . Atleast 80% of the articles here are, simply red meat thrown to the "hungry " with the distinct purpose of blaming Obama for someting or anything or everything .None of these tools here know the history of christians in Lebanon , nor do you , unless it is gleened from another "frontpage author " , they lead you bite .As I said it's a pavlovian response around here .Just as the article on the Nuba .The sycophants here wouldn't even know who, or where they were , nor do they care , the author offers an opportunity for them to engage in what they like best , OHS – Obama Hate Syndrome .

  • LindaRivera

    The Utter HORROR and BETRAYAL of Iraq's Christians by the U.S. government. Iraqi Christians were disarmed by our military rendering Christians DEFENSELESS prey for savage Muslim terrorists.

    The Plight of Christians in Iraq By: Jamie Glazov
    FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, September 24, 2008

    Immediately after the American invasion of Iraq, the Christian militias were disarmed. They were the only militias to be disarmed. American forces allowed both the Sunnis and Shiites to keep their armed militias. Christians first fled from Baghdad to the Nineveh Plains, and then to Jordan and Syria. In Jordan and Syria the American embassies told Iraqi refugees to go to the United Nations because their plight “was not an American problem.” Excuse me?

    Meanwhile the official position of the State Department under Condi Rice is that Christians are harassed by “criminal elements” in Iraq and that no persecution exists. That attitude has caused even greater persecution and led our embassies and other nations to be unhelpful. http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?…

  • Fred Dawes

    Well yes Obama is a muslim why would he stand by your side? are you stupid Hakim? and people, "see it for what it is", Obama is your enemy and he only can see you all as worthless.

  • Amused

    Linda , may I suggest you do a little research beyond your own emotional hysterics , and what the authors here throw in front of you as BAIT . Do try to research how christians in Lebanon AND Israel feel about Israel . You can start by reading up on Brigitte Gabriel . She's a Lebanese Christian , who was persecuted and fled Lebanon to Israel for her Life . Sure the IDF helped the Christians [ Phalangists ] in Lebanon . The Palestinians started a civil war in Lebanon , killing Phalangists and their leaders .While all thye while launching attacks into Israel from within Lebanons borders . Why do you think Israel invaded Lebanon ? To help the Christians ? It was to destroy the palestinians who ceaslessly attack Israel from lebanon . The Phalangists and IDF , found themselves on the same side , and not out of any great love for Israel from the former . You should really try to educate yourself beyond the content of the articles that appear on this blog .

  • Amused

    one here calling themself "bemused " has accused me of "propaganda and spin " …nothing could be further from the truth …I despise both , and so should anyone with a functioning mind .Unfortunately it is a human tendency ,to favor that " truth " ,which most agrees their world view , be it a singular view or as the case here , a specific group's view . LOL….this is about the only human tendency that crosses party lines , and the evidence is woefully obvious . Narrowmindedness and cynicism are not virtues . This is why G_D gave us an equalizer ….it's called A BRAIN ,with which to parse the truth from the mountains of blather ,spin and propaganda which comes from ALL quarters .This process is not secret , privileged , nor complicated ….it is called "cross-checking " sources of information . The only requirement is , that one NOT BE LAZY .

  • Deendid

    American forces allowed both the Sunnis and Shiites to keep their armed militias. Christians first fled from Baghdad to the Nineveh Plains, and then to Jordan and Syria. In Jordan and Syria the American embassies told Iraqi refugees to go to the United Nations because their plight “was not an American problem.” Excuse me? Hockey, baseball and concert ticket broker