Skip to comments.Thank You, Israel
Posted on 07/17/2006 3:51:31 PM PDT by SJackson
For the millions of Christian Lebanese driven out of our homeland, "Thank you, Israel" is the sentiment echoing from around the world. The Lebanese Foundation for Peace, an international group of Lebanese Christians, made the following statement in a press release to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert concerning the latest Israeli attacks against Hizbullah:
We urge you to hit them hard and destroy their terror infrastructure. It is not [only] Israel who is fed up with this situation, but the majority of the silent Lebanese in Lebanon who are fed up with Hizbullah and are powerless to do anything out of fear of terror retaliation.
Their statement continues,
On behalf of thousands of Lebanese, we ask you to open the doors of Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion Airport to thousands of volunteers in the Diaspora willing to bear arms and liberate their homeland from [Islamic] fundamentalism. We ask you for support, facilitation and logistics in order to win this struggle and achieve together the same objectives: Peace and Security for Lebanon and Israel and our future generations to come. The once-dominant Lebanese Christians - responsible for giving the world "the Paris of the Middle East", as Lebanon used to be known - were killed, massacred, driven out of their homes and scattered around the world as radical Islam declared its holy war in the 1970s and took hold of the country. They voice an opinion that they, and Israel, have formed through personal experience, which is now belatedly being discovered by the rest of the world.
While the world protected the PLO withdrawing from Lebanon in 1983, with Israel hot on their heels, another more volatile and religiously idealistic organization was being born: Hizbullah, "the Party of God", founded by Ayatollah Khomeini and financed by Iran. It was Hizbullah that blew up the US Marine barracks in Lebanon in October 1983, killing 241 Americans and 67 French paratroopers. President Ronald Reagan ordered US Multilateral Force units to withdraw and closed the books on the Marine massacre and US involvement in Lebanon by February, 1984.
The civilized world - which erroneously vilified the Christians and Israel back then and continues to vilify Israel now - was not paying attention. While America and the rest of the world were concerned about the Israeli-PLO problem, terrorist regimes in Syria and Iran fanned Islamic radicalism in Lebanon and around the world. Hizbullah's Shiite extremists began multiplying like proverbial rabbits, out-producing moderate Sunnis and Christians.
Twenty-five years later, they have produced enough people to vote themselves into 24 seats in the Lebanese parliament. Since the Israeli pull out in 2000, Lebanon has become a terrorist base, completely run and controlled by Syria, with its puppet Lebanese President Emile Lahoud and the Hizbullah "state within a state".
The Lebanese army has less than 10,000 military troops. Hizbullah has over 4,000 trained militia forces and there are approximately 700 Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Southern Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley. So, why can't the army do the job? Because the majority of Lebanese Muslims making up the army will split and unite along religious lines with the Islamic forces, just as happened in 1976 at the start of the Lebanese civil war.
It all boils down to a war of Islamic Jihad ideology vs. Judeo-Christian Westernism. Muslims, who are now the majority of Lebanon's population, support Hizbullah because they are part of the Islamic ummah - the nation. This is the taboo subject everyone is trying to avoid.
The latest attacks on Israel have been orchestrated by Iran and Syria, driven by two different interests. Syria considers Lebanon a part of "greater" Syria. Young Syrian President Bashar Assad and his Ba'athist military intelligence henchmen in Damascus are using this latest eruption of violence to prove to the Lebanese that they need the Syrian presence to protect them from Israeli aggression and to stabilize the country. Iran is conveniently using its Lebanese puppet army, Hizbullah, to distract the attention of world leaders from its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Apocalyptic Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the ruling clerics in Tehran want to assert hegemony in the Islamic world under the banner of Shi'a Mahdi madness. Ahmadinejad wants to seal his place as top Jihadist for Allah by make good his promise to "wipe Israel off the map."
No matter how much the West avoids facing the reality of Islamic extremism in the Middle East, the West cannot hide from the fact that Hamas and Hizbullah are of the same radical Islamic ideology, which has fomented carnage and death through terrorism, that America and the world are fighting. This is the same Hizbullah that Iran is threatening to unleash in America with suicide bomb attacks if America tries to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. They are reported to have cells in over 10 cities in the United States. Hamas has the largest terrorist infrastructure on American soil. This is what happens when you turn a blind eye to evil for decades, hoping it will go away.
Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hizbullah, is an Iranian agent. He is not a free actor in this play. He has been involved in terrorism for over 25 years. Iran, with its Islamic vision for a Shi'ite Middle East, now has its agents, troops and money in Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. Behind this is the vision that drives the Iranian President Ahmadinejad, who believes he is Allah's "tool and facilitator," bringing the end of the world as we know it and the ushering in of the era of the Mahdi. He has a blind messianic belief in the Shi'ite tradition of the 12th or "hidden" Islamic savior, who will emerge from a well in the holy city of Qom in Iran after global chaos, catastrophes and mass death, and establish an era of Islamic justice and everlasting peace. Ahmadinejad's extremist ideology, seeking a trigger for Armageddon, greatly concerns the intelligence community.
President Ahmadinejad has refused so far to respond to proposals from the US, the EU, Russia and China or the UN Security Council to cease Iran's relentless quest for nuclear enrichment and weapons development program by August 22nd. Why August 22nd? Because August 22nd coincides with the Islamic date of Rajab 28, the day the great Salah El-Din conquered Jerusalem.
At this point, the civilized world must unite in fighting the enemies plaguing Israel and the world with terrorism. We need to stop analyzing the enemies' differences, such as between the Sunni Hamas and the Shi'ite Hizbullah, and start understanding that their common bond in their fight against us is radical Islam.
Brigitte Gabriel grew up in South Lebanon as the only child of a retired Christian governing administrator of the region and a successful businessman. She has worked as a journalist in Jerusalem and a news anchor for World News, an Arabic broadcast of Middle East Television. After relocating to the United States, Ms. Gabriel started a television production and advertising company. Following the September 11th attacks, Ms. Gabriel founded American Congress for Truth, a non-profit organization dedicated to inform, inspire and motivate Americans to take action against terrorism and the threat radical Islamic fundamentalists pose to America, Israel and Western civilization.
Wow, that is very cool! I'd volunteer!
Can I bring my own guns?
Who was the Freeper on a thread last week who loudly questioned whether there were Iranian forces in Lebanon? He needs a ping.
She gets it.
Ms. Gabrielle's personal interviews can be found at
Her personal accounts of growing up in bomb shelters in Lebanon and moving to Israel and becoming an anchor peson there is just amazing -
What I find morally repugnant is the fact that so many Americans, particularly Christians think that Israel is to blame for all of this. Many think that radical Islam is just a few wackos here and there. I was actually told this last month. Also that I buy into the media propaganda about Islam, the ROP, "they are just like the rest of us".
What many Christians fail to understand or acknowledge is that Israel is the CHOSEN PEOPLE, the firstborn. G_d may exile them, but he will never never forsake them. They have this idea that the people of the Old Covenant don't count anymore. I still don't get what's up with that.
I know, I'm preaching to the choir.
another juicy article you will NEVER see or hear about in the MSM.
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