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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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