- Former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri was killed
in a massive bomb blast in central Beirut on Monday.
- The explosion destroyed a number of public buildings
and vehicles, showing that the complicated terrorist act was carried out
by a well equipped organization.
- The situation in Lebanon and the region is now so critical
that any discord could cause a new crisis for this small but strategic
- Lebanon, which has been the cradle of peaceful coexistence
among different religious and ethnic groups, experienced a 15-year civil
war due to a series of domestic, regional, and international factors in
the 1970s and 1980s.
- The war left thousands of Muslim and Christian civilians
dead, causing Lebanon huge financial losses.
- In 1990, the various groups finally put aside their differences
and calm and national unity ruled the country again.
- Then, following the Zionist army's defeat in south Lebanon
in 2000, Lebanon was once more put into the worldwide spotlight.
- Lebanon eventually regained its regional economic position
thanks to reconstruction and economic restoration, partly due to the efforts
of the late Hariri.
- However, regional and trans-regional powers such as the
United States and the Zionist regime are trying to steer Lebanon toward
a crisis, aiming to extend their military and political presence in some
parts of the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
- The United States? strong support of UN Resolution 1559,
which requires Syria to withdraw its forces from Lebanese soil, is part
of Washington?s plan to politically influence Lebanon and the region once
- Israel and the U.S. seek to sever the spiritual and physical
contacts between Syria and Lebanon in order to isolate Syria in the Middle
East and check its political sway in the region.
- Neither the Lebanese government nor the majority of its
citizens want Syrian troops to quit their country.
- However, if Syrian forces withdraw from Lebanese territory,
it would surely pave the way for the political and military machinations
of the United States and Israel.
- The Lebanese and Syrian nations, due to their historical,
ideological, and ethnic affinities, are in fact one nation in two separate
lands. The regional and trans-regional powers must understand this and
must realize that the two nations cannot be separated spiritually.
- Now, the question is: Who benefited from the assassination
of Hariri, a man who played a constructive role in the reestablishment
of security in Lebanon?
- All the evidence indicates that the Israeli intelligence
service Mossad killed Hariri, since it had previously plotted to assassinate
important Lebanese politicians.
- The Mossad is trying to help the Zionist army claw its
way back into Lebanon, since history has shown that the stability of Lebanon
is not to the advantage of Israel.
- Lebanon now faces a more complicated situation and should
stay alert in order to thwart the Zionist regime's plots to dominate the
country once again.