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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.