Lebanese Reformer Seeks Safe Haven

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The outspoken and courageous son of an equally outspoken and courageous father is making waves of his own. Moustafa Geha is a Lebanese political activist and journalist who has openly opposed the meddling of Syria, Iran and Hezbollah in his country’s affairs. As a result, an attempt was made to assassinate him on April 14th. Luckily, he survived. His father wasn’t as lucky. The elder Geha’s outspoken opposition to Syrian and Iranian intervention in Lebanon, as well his criticism of violent Islamists during the 1970s and 1980s, precipitated his assassination by pro-Syrian terrorists in 1992.

“I cannot forget my father’s pictures when he was assassinated by Hezbollah in 1992 and I cannot forget the sound of shooting at me in April,” Geha told FrontPage. “I want to have peace [for me] and my family too, because we have a long, bad history with killing and oppression. I want to have the right to write and publish my ideas and to be safe at the same time. For this I left Lebanon and I don’t want to come back, because I know they will kill me,” he added. Geha currently seeking political asylum in Sweden. “It’s a good country for human rights,” he notes.

The same can hardly be said for Lebanon, where the murderous machinations of Hezbollah–backed by Syria and Iran–continue to be perpetrated with impunity. In an article for Arutz Sheva’s op-ed page, Geha illuminates that history, even as he remains rightly incredulous that the European Union refuses to categorize Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Hezbollah “is now running world public opinion,” he writes.

Geha is on the mark. As recently as July, Cypriot Foreign Minister Gujarat Cossack-Marcolis, who presently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, contended that “there is no consensus on the [terror] issue,” because Hezbollah “also has an active political arm.” She added that the matter might be reconsidered if “tangible evidence” reveals otherwise.

Geha offers this clueless EU bureaucrat and other like-minded Europeans a brief history of such “tangible evidence,” beginning in 1983, when Hezbollah carried out three operations. They bombed the U.S. embassy in Beirut, killing 63 Americans, and a camp of French soldiers in the Bekaa Valley, killing 58 Frenchmen. Furthermore, they were responsible for the now infamous bombing of the U.S. Marine headquarters in Beirut, where 241 American soldiers lost their lives. Geha’s historically inspired indictment continues, as he lists several assassinations carried out by Hezbollah over the course of decades, including the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, as well as their attack against Israel in 2006 that precipitated an all-out war. Even now, Hezbollah remains “a huge threat to Lebanese society through the group’s control of the security network, where false accusations and charges can be levied against those who oppose the fabrication of files putting them in prisons or worse,” writes Geha.

Geha went into the issue even deeper for FrontPage. After noting that neither he nor his father were followers of Islam, he explains why. “I do not believe Islam can be characterized as a religion,” he contends. “Islam is concerned only about spreading Islam. It is not concerned about the welfare of the Muslim. In the Hadith, unbelievers have three choices: accept Islam, [go to] war with Muslims, or pay a tax and live a humiliating inferior status. Living as equals in peaceful coexistence is not a choice!” He further notes the long line of civilizations destroyed by Islam on the Arabian Peninsula, and in Africa and Asia. “How many Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians, Bahaists and others were killed by Muslims only because they are not Muslims?” he asks. “And don’t believe those who say Islam is religion of peace,” he adds.

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    This guy should pass vetting and then be taken anywhere he wants in the USA. We need people like him to be protected.

    • Larry

      Absolutely. He has suffered enough, as millions do, and deserves an opportunity to tell the world about what's really happening in Lebanon. I understand he's writing a book. I'm buying it.

  • Demetrius M

    I find it interesting that Mr.Geha also questions the validity of islam as a religion. It seems (and I could be wrong on this) that only in the past year or so more and more people are coming to this conclusion. I came to this conclusion around 2004 while in my down time overseas I was researching the hadith and sira.

    While most are still debating about “Good islam” and “Bad islam”, it’s worth noting that the basis of the debate has become irrelevant. It’s not a religion at all.

    Hoping the best for you Mr.Geha.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "While most are still debating about "Good islam" and "Bad islam", it's worth noting that the basis of the debate has become irrelevant. It's not a religion at all."

      It's not a religion as we know it in the West. It's a totalitarian system of dominance and supremacy using religious elements.

  • Chezwick

    "Geha currently seeking political asylum in Sweden. “It’s a good country for human rights,” he notes."

    For how long? At what point will Sweden and the rest of western Europe begin to resemble Lebanon and the rest of the Islamic world?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      >"Geha currently seeking political asylum in Sweden. “It’s a good country for human rights,” he notes."

      "For how long? At what point will Sweden and the rest of western Europe begin to resemble Lebanon and the rest of the Islamic world?"

      Those were my thoughts too as I wished for him to be invited to the USA. Sweden can't handle the Muslims right now and the man will be dead before long if he stays there.

  • Schlomotion

    Moustafa Geha definitely seems like "the good guys." That his father was assassinated for daring to write a book disparaging the use of Muhammad as a role model cues up a lot of thoughts. For one, the man wrote a book, and I think it's the kind of book that a Robert Spencer could conceivably write if he were serious and not histrionically belligerent. It is the kind of work that Nakoula Nakoula is an ultracheap and moronic substitute for.

    A second thought is that the video pushed by Bruce Bawer the other day of Taji Mustafa has Mustafa railing that that Muhammad is believed to be the best man, crafted by Allah as a template for all Muslims. Thus, Moustafa Geha (the father) is correct.

    A third thought is that Israel appears to be redoing in part the Alliance of the Periphery by fomenting or supporting secessionist groups such as in South Sudan, or anti Pan-Arabists such as Geha (the son). It is understandable how that is in Israel's self-interest, and one wonders if by so doing, Israel could actually enfranchise some of these countries in the spirit of Golda Meir. It is a nice hope, anyway. One has to weigh against that Israel's glowing media portrayal of their own actions in the 2006 war, the establishment of buffer zones within the territory of its neighbors, the windfall of underdog favor it threw to Hezbollah, and the damage to Lebanese infrastructure.

    • Larry

      So many words, so little truth. Google Bruce Bawer, that shameless ultra-liberal. Take anything he says with a few grains of salt.

      Your search will show his specialty is appeasement of political Islam.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Google Bruce Bawer, that shameless ultra-liberal. Take anything he says with a few grains of salt. Your search will show his specialty is appeasement of political Islam. "

        Really? An appeaser how?

        Others can judge the author by his articles published in this obscure publication (if you can find it):
        http://frontpagemag.com/author/bruce-bawer/

    • Kufar Dawg

      LOL, Israel is "fomenting" secessionist groups as in the South Sudan. Aw gee Ahmed, you mean the various kufrs/infidels who voted to secede from the islamofascist, genocidal Sudan (that killed some million odd kufrs/infidels in the name of islam) needed Israel to tell them what was in their best interests? Your lies run thin and weak.

  • Ghostwriter

    Don't you ever get tired of being a jerk,Schlomotion?

  • Stuart Parsons

    Ah ! Dear old Schlomotion is alive and well. I was worried. His erudition and unbiased, incisive analysis of the situation, is, as usual, most welcome. We are all immeasuarably enrich by his presence among us. It is about time Islam replaced its 'Allah knows best'. with 'Schlomotion knows best.'

  • Anamah

    It would be wonderful if Mr. Geha come to America instead of Sweden. I wish him and his family to find a good place to enjoy freedom and show the world the true face of Islamist hate and intolerance.

  • Richard Brazeau

    He should come an live in Canada or the US, Europe is not safe for Him.