Lebanese Reformer Seeks Safe Haven


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Harsh? “I have received a death threat and harassment by SSNP (Syrian Social Nationalist Party) members,” Geha tells FrontPage, adding that “Palestinians and Hezbollah members were running a terrorist campaign against me by distributing provocative news that calls for following and assassinating me…They killed my father and they tried to kill me.”

Geha has little use for characterizing political upheaval in the Middle East as the “Arab Spring,” “because I am against Pan-Arabism and I believe that we must call the groups in Middle East by their real names, like Syrians, Kurds, Assyrians, Circassians and others.” Regarding outside intervention in the region, Geha contends that it is “good to destroy dictatorships, but we must be very careful, because we don’t want to change these dictatorships into Islamic regimes and Islamic dictatorships.” He also believes all-out war is coming between Sunni and Shia Muslims, pitting the Sunni forces of al-Qaeda and certain Gulf regimes against the Shi’ite forces Iran, with its “Mahdi army” and Hezbollah. “To have a real Spring in the Middle East we must support all groups [and] their rights,” he states.

Thus, he is supportive of Israel. “The Jewish people have the right to have a good life without terror and wars, and I believe that if we make good peaceful relations between Israel and Lebanon we can have an amazing region,” he contends. “I have nice Israeli and Jewish friends and I am proud of them.” He is skeptical of the Obama administration’s approach to the region, “especially with the terrorist regime in Iran and now in Syria. And I don’t support U.S. withdrawal from Iraq because it opened the door to the Iranian regime to put their fingers in Iraq,” he adds.

At one point, Geha tried to have the investigation into his father’s death re-opened. “I have the names of the people who issued the fatwas against my father and I had the idea that maybe we can make a change in Lebanon after all these dark years,” he reveals. “But now I can say that I was wrong: the government in Lebanon it’s totally controlled by Hezbollah, the security forces and the army too.”

Regarding his own future, Geha remains optimistic. “I will continue my work..I have a dream that I want to translate my father’s book and publish it. At the same time I am preparing my first book for publishing,” he says. As for the bigger picture, “I hope and believe that those intellectuals who can be truthful with themselves and with the facts can begin to turn the tide, and cause the people to no longer see Israel as a monster,” he reveals. “I want to see our children playing and studying together in friendship.”

Though he will hopefully gain permanent residence in Sweden, it is clear that it is reformers like Moustafa Geha and his family who are the real agents for genuine change in the region. Sadly, their Islamist and anti-Western counterparts are often given more credence by world powers, including the Obama administration. It does not bode well for the future.

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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.