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The escalating unrest in Lebanon should be regarded as a cause for great concern.

Since August 22nd, violent protests have been unsettling the Lebanese capital, Beirut. The Prime Minister, Tammam Salam, has ominously warned that the Middle-Eastern nation could be “heading towards collapse if things continue as they are.”

This crisis ostensibly began after Beirut’s Naameh landfill site was closed on July 17th, with no alternative arrangements made by authorities for rubbish disposal. As a result, rubbish began piling up everywhere, and this, it appears, was the final straw to tip an already dissatisfied portion of the population over the edge.

But it must also be the first time in history the issue of rubbish collection has threatened to trigger a revolution; though in actual fact, the protests seem to be a response to a general inefficiency and ineffectiveness of the country’s governing organs, which have, according to all accounts, failed to run the country properly. Lebanese army units were deployed a fortnight ago in central Beirut after violent street protests over these build-ups of uncollected rubbish. Red Cross Lebanon reported that 49 protesters and police officers had been injured in the initial clashes.

The clashes were quite eerily reminiscent of those that started the Civil War in Libya in 2011; clashes that in Libya’s case had begun with seemingly minor, innocuous incidents and then quickly escalated into something far different. So far in Lebanon, that doesn’t seem to have happened; but there remains a danger. There’s no question that Lebanon has been poorly governed for some time now and that there are enormous inadequacies in the current state. Lebanon has been without a president for over a year now. There is also the rather untenable problem of split allegiances within the government, with half the government said to be in support of neighbouring Syria’s government and its President Bashar Assad and the other half in support of the Syrian rebel and opposition groups.

This is a country that has also been enormously burdened by the war in neighbouring Syria; over 1.2 million Syrian refugees are presently in Lebanon (itself a country of of only 4.5 million people), and this being in addition to some half a million displaced Palestinians in the country too. The threat of the chaos in Syria destabilising Lebanon has always been a possibility and it now appears to be happening. It’s worth bearing that in mind; that for all the whinging in Europe and the West about the ‘refugee crisis’ and having to deal with so many migrants, a relatively poor country (compared to most of Europe) like Lebanon has been bearing the brunt of the refugee crisis and having to house the victims of both Zionist Israel and the Syrian Civil War for a long time already.

There is the dangerous potential for the escalation of this crisis in Lebanon to head towards Syria or Libya like scenarios; which would be disastrous for both the country and for the region. In fact it is difficult, as I said, to look at the situation in Lebanon and not see the similarities to how the Libyan catastrophe started in 2011 amid the so-called ‘Arab Spring’. According to Reuters, many of the demonstrators have been chanting “Make it a revolution!,” while others have adapted the Arab spring slogan. “People want the downfall of the regime!”

 

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I have already written at great length about the Libya catastrophe, including how the Libya crisis started. Those initial Libya protests and clashes in February 2011 – the origins of which were highly suspect – had also been infiltrated by extremist agents and foreign operatives, who had been in Libya specifically to instigate clashes and set off the crisis. I have demonstrated that fact beyond all doubt in this book, so you can read or download it for more detailed elaboration on the role played by French, American, British and Qatari agents in triggering off the unrest in Libya and instigating the collapse of the nation.

But it was therefore with a raised brow that I noted the claims being made by the protest organizers in Beirut last week that their demonstration had been ‘infiltrated’.

The initial protests were intended to be peaceful and had been organized by a group calling itself “You Stink”. The organizers of the protest have said they had been infiltrated by political elements and thugs to discredit their peaceful movement. They had in fact announced the cancellation of the protests planned for Monday (24th August) on their ‘You Stink’ movement’s Facebook page, saying they would hold a news conference later in the day to explain their decision. In the midst of the chaos, Joey Ayoub, one of the organisers of the campaign, had called on people to evacuate, and had said, “What happened today happened because of infiltrators and troublemakers whose only goal is to spread chaos”. Writing on the ‘You Stink!’ Facebook page, he insisted “We are peaceful and will remain peaceful.”

So is it just ‘common thugs’ who’ve ‘infiltrated’ the Lebanese protests? Or might the protests have been infiltrated by extremist elements or agents of sectarian militias, like those in Syria? Or, worse, is it possible that foreign agents or intelligence operatives are in Lebanon, as they were in Libya, attempting to hijack or steer the unrest towards the collapse of the Lebanese government and the Lebanese state?

For one thing, there’s absolutely no question that Israel would be as comfortable with the collapse of Lebanon as it has been with the collapse of Syria. Aside from the fact that Israel has been among those aiding Al-Qaeda aligned militias in Syria, it is quite demonstrable that a longstanding US/Israeli plan for the redrawing of the Middle East map has been carried out in the last several years, toppling all independent governments and stable nations and ultimately seeking the balkanisation and subjugation of Iraq, Syria, Iran and other countries in the region.

More than comfortable, in fact; a potential collapse of Lebanon, following the orchestrated collapse of both Iraq and Syria, would play precisely into what is known as the ‘Yinon Plan’.

The Zionist Plan for the Middle East, also known as the ‘Yinon Plan’, was the vast strategy composed to ensure Zionist regional superiority via the radical reconfiguration of Israel’s geo-political surroundings through the balkanization of the surrounding Arab nations into smaller and weaker states. The ‘Clean Break‘ strategy also essentially amounted to the same thing. What we have thus far witnessed in Iraq, Syria and Libya can be seen to play into this US-backed Zionist strategy quite clearly; it is particularly relevant to note that Iraq, Syria and Libya were three of the most stable and independent (and non-sectarian) Arab Nationalist states and are now instead three collapsed wastelands waiting to be carved up into pieces. Lebanon, being one of Israel’s longstanding antagonists, like Syria, would’ve always been a primary target in this regard too.

In that context, it is probably also worth remembering the retired General Wesley Clark’s disclosures some years ago, concerning the “seven countries” that were going to be taken out by the US. For anyone unfamiliar with Clark’s story, he basically recalls how, right after 9/11, he was privy to a plan in the Pentagon to overthrow seven states, beginning with Iraq and moving onto Libya, Syria, Iran and others. Included on that list was Lebanon. Watch him speaking here.

None of which is to say, of course, that there isn’t a lot of dissatisfaction in Lebanon with an inept or corrupt government or that people aren’t also genuinely expressing their lack of confidence in the state; but unfortunately it has to be said that now is literally the worst time in living memory for a population be trying to overthrow a government in the Middle East. With ISIL/Daesh and other extremist factions watching and waiting for any opportunity to capitalise on or hijack any unrest in the region (as they are doing in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and even Yemen) and with Israel and its co-conspirators looking to push for the collapse of independent Arab nations, this is a severely sensitive and dangerous moment for the people and government of Lebanon.

If the government was to be forced out of power (and the Prime Minister has already hinted at possible self-imposed exile), the people of Lebanon could find themselves in a very vulnerable situation, just as the people of Syria and Libya have. So while government corruption and ineffectiveness surely needs to be dealt with and elections need to be held, it is also utterly crucial for the stability, or even the survival, of Lebanon that unrest isn’t allowed to get out of hand and that national unity is maintained. Just remember how quickly Libya collapsed into disrepair once Gaddafi was killed and the state was dissolved.

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Lebanon, like Syria, is a cultural and religious melting pot. In fact, it is regarded as the most religiously diverse country in the Middle East.

As of 2014 the CIA World Factbook estimates the population to be just 54% Muslim (27% Shia, 27% Sunni), with 40.5% being Christian (includes 21% Maronite Catholic, 8% Greek Orthodox, 5% Melkite Catholic, 1% Protestant, 5.5% other Christian), 5.6% Druze, and an unspecified percentage of Jews, Baha’is, Buddhists, Hindus and Mormons. Lebanon, in terms of its people, its culture and even its landscape, is an absolute treasure in world terms.

 

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Lebanon, unlike many of its neighbours, is not a severe religious state, but relatively moderate. It is in fact one of the last remaining such nations, as there has been a concerted US-led operation over the last decade to destroy the last remaining secular-ish Arab states (Iraq, Syria, Libya) and replace them with sectarian/extremist wastelands (probably in the context of the aforementioned Yinon Plan). There is a reason that most Christians in Lebanon are said to now support Hezbollah; it’s the same reason most Christians in Syria support the Assad government. This Christian support for Hezbollah is something, by the way, that you won’t see reported in most Western coverage, but it is a plain fact.

Lebanon is a relatively free and progressive country, with Beirut generally considered Westernised and socially liberal. People generally dress in Western clothes, women are generally unrestricted fashion-wise and enjoy equal rights to men in all respects, and Beirut even has some gay bars and at least two LGBT organisations. And according to Reporters Without Borders, “the media have more freedom in Lebanon than in any other Arab country”.

Lebanon is also, again like Syria, a cultural treasure, full of Biblical sites and Old World places, with World Heritage sites such as Baalbek, the ancient Temple of Bacchus and some of the greatest Roman ruins in the world among its numerous pieces of history and heritage.

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If the worst-case scenario was to unfold and Lebanon was to descend into conflict, there is absolutely no way that conflict wouldn’t involve ISIL/Daesh and other terrorist militias as a central force – for one thing, because Lebanon historically counts as part of the ‘Levant’ (which is what the ‘L’ in ‘ISIL’ is for). Indeed that battle has already begun, with Lebanon already having been under attack this year from ISIL, who are regarded with almost universal contempt by most Lebanese; it has been Hezbollah that has stood in ISIL/Daesh’s way not just in Lebanon, but in Iraq and Syria too.

In that worst-case scenario, it would also become a fifth simultaneous battlefield (along with Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen) in what is now a Middle-East-wide conflict, and the repercussions, not just to Lebanon but to the whole region and even to the migrant crisis that is currently threatening to destabilise Europe, would be catastrophic. ISIL has in fact openly stated its intention to ‘infiltrate’ Lebanon; which is why when the recent organisers of the protests in Beirut say that they’ve been ‘infiltrated’, there is immediate cause for concern.

 

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  1. James R says:

    This is an excellent evaluation of what is happening in Lebanon, thanks Burning Blogger of Bedlam.(Thanks also for the link.)

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  2. Fantastic piece as always. I confess I hadn’t been following the developments in Lebanon much, the Syrian refugees are about the only facet getting any coverage over here. Sad to see just how methodical and predictable the whole thing is, the subversive Western powers following their little plans which have been publicly available for years now. My heart really aches for the people in the Middle East, and we know it’s almost certainly only going to get worse, as just as you suggested the next obvious phase is to completely implode the government infrastructure, allowing ISIL to drive their fleet of American vehicles all the way into Beirut.

    Crazy to think that the country of only 4.5 million is dealing with over a million Syrian immigrants!? That’s insane too.

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    • Yep, and half a million Palestinian refugees too. I’ve seen Clark do an interview where he suggests ISIS was manufactured to destroy Hezbollah and thus remove Israel’s greatest enemy. It’s a logical theory, somewhat borne out by facts – I don’t know if it’s true though.

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      • Well, I’d agree that’s definitely part of it, but that believe it or not the overall goal is much grander than even that. I believe it goes far beyond the conventional notion of the national interests of any country, or group of countries. (Globalists are by definition, not Nationalistic, no?)

        If you look at it all from a Biblical perspective (and you know me, it always comes back to that from where I stand), you can see that so much of End Time prophecy totally revolves around that little piece of land there, at the crux of so much conflict and violence. I very much believe that the anti-Christ will in fact seek to rule from Jerusalem itself, and most likely present himself as the long-awaited Jewish Messiah, whom they are expected to deliver them from their “Arab enemies”. Please understand though, that I am not advocating the simplistic “Jew World Order” idea, which limits it all to again, some kind of Nationalistic/racial agenda. That’s just one piece of the whole puzzle. Satan desires to rule EVERYONE, and he ain’t gonna have any ‘favorites’ when all is said and done and he gets his fifteen minutes of glory.

        No idea if what I’m saying makes much sense, but, that’s my little rant for the day. 😉

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      • Brilliant, you know I love your rants, man 🙂 What I find particularly interesting about the religious prophecy element – and I mean Jewish prophecy, Christian/Biblical prophecy expectations and Islamic prophecy tradition – is that it seems evident to me that powerful political influences on all sides have been playing off of these deep-rooted expectations and beliefs for a long time, manipulating people’s views and biases according to their religions. Pitting Jew against Arab, Muslim against Christian, even Muslim against Muslim, all for larger political, financial or NWO purposes.

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  3. sami says:

    Great evaluation but we have to share it

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  4. Oh, naturally. I mean, if the Bible is actually true, then what it would essentially mean is that Satan has been manipulating all governments, all power structures, and all humanistic religions, for all of history, for his own gain. He is the true engineer of the “Hegelian dialectic”, and has mastered it over millennia. I always think of it as being very analogous to the opening scene of the Dark Knight, where the Joker tricks and uses each member of his gang during the heist, played off of the greed and duplicity of each one, until finally at the end he is left to drive off alone with the loot. That is effectively how I see Satan using all of the so-called “elites” in positions of earthly power within his hierarchical pyramid. They are only place holders. Expendable pawns in what is ultimately a spiritual war…

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    • Oh, great analogy slam-dunk! Citing the Joker in the opening Dark Knight scene, that is 🙂 What’s ‘Hegelian dialectic’ though? But yes, I’ve been convinced for a long time that religious prophecy – or perhaps more to the point, manipulation of religious prophecy/expectation – has been responsible for much of the horror in the world, especially the Middle East. I mean, not just Christian End-Times fervour or Christian or Jewish Zionism, but even the ‘ISIS’ end-times ideology: those guys basically believe they’re engaged in the final struggle between good and evil and that when their battle against ‘the Great Satan’ reaches its climaxe, Jesus will return in the Second Coming and will basically be on their side. But then when you also consider the very significant theories and suggestions that the ISIS ‘leader’, Abu Bakr Baghdadi, might in fact be a Zionist plant/agent, the whole thing becomes beyond perverse…

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    • Neo-Pelagius says:

      What’s the problem with Hegelian dialectic?

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  5. migarium says:

    “The Atlantic, in 2008, and the US military’s Armed Forces Journal, in 2006, both published widely circulated maps that closely followed the outline of the Yinon Plan. Aside from a divided Iraq, which the Biden Plan also calls for, the Yinon Plan calls for a divided Lebanon, Egypt, and Syria. The partitioning of Iran, Turkey, Somalia, and Pakistan also all fall into line with these views. The Yinon Plan also calls for dissolution in North Africa and forecasts it as starting from Egypt and then spilling over into Sudan, Libya, and the rest of the region. ”
    Quote is taken from
    “Greater Israel”: The Zionist Plan for the Middle East
    The Infamous “Oded Yinon Plan”. Introduction by Michel Chossudovsky, March 3, 2013, globalresearch.ca

    Not only region, all planet hang by a thread.
    And thank you for sharing us, my Earthling friend.

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