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The 'Commendable Terrorism' and the Condemnable Terrorism

Hezbollah's Reign of Terror in Lebanon is a 'Praiseworthy Terrorism!'

In an article published by AlArabiya on August 14, 2012, and entitled "Michel Samaha between judgment … and fate," the London-based Lebanese journalist Eyad Abu Shakra (Twitter: @eyad1949) discusses the terror affair of Michel Samaha -- an individual designated by the United States as a global terrorist -- while highlighting how Hezbollah intoxicates and stymies political life and judicial authority in Lebanon in multiple fashions. Here we share with the reader a synopsis of Abu Shakra's points:

Political bullying: "Hezbollah has continued to dominate Lebanon, starting by imposing 'governments' by the power of its arms, and by enforcing the implementation of election laws that suits its party interests."

The Lebanese convicted terrorist Michel SamahaPolitical stonewalling: "Hezbollah has worked to obstruct other fractions of the country, in the same time, it has attempted to enhance its ascendancy by purchasing lands and expand in various regions in Lebanon."

Political hypocrisy: "Hezbollah and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, applauded 'Arab spring', they all turned against it and chose to wage an open war when Syrians rebelled against the dictatorial, despotic and nepotism-ru, Ba’thist Syrian regime."

Judicial obstruction: "Hezbollah chose to ignore the Lebanese judiciary condemnation of one of the most prominent Aounist advisers who contacted Israeli intelligence."

Sectarian political manipulation: "Hezbollah has even emboldened and strengthened [Michel] Aoun’s position. It has also sought to enhance his standing within the Christian community in Lebanon."

Abu Shakra also emphasizes the alarming nature of the Samaha terror case, especially its links to both the Assad regime, through Major General Ali Mamlouk, and Hezbollah. Abu Shakra concludes, "Yesterday, without interfering with issues that the Lebanese courts are handling, one must say that many dangerous issues were revealed when deputy and former minister Michel Samaha, who is a close aide of President Bashar Assad and subsequently of Hezbollah and by extension of Aoun, was arrested and accused of security-related crimes."

That was in 2012.

On May 13, 2015, Samaha was convicted by a Military Tribunal of transporting bombs to from Syria to Lebanon and sentenced to four and a half years of imprisonment. A judicial year in Lebanon is only nine months. The Daily Star reported that Samaha "has been in jail since August 2012, and will be eligible for release in December" of this year.

Basically, this was a slap on the hand for Samaha -- a terrorist extraordinaire whose plan to blast ordinary citizens as well as politicians and clerics would have ignited a new round of sectarian strife and bloodshed in Lebanon.

Supporters of the Assad regime in Lebanon sought to undermine the charges against Samaha by alleging that transporting explosives between two locations is not a very serious crime, especially if the targets are enemies of Bashar Assad!

It was obvious that the military tribunal, which is perceived as heavily influenced by Hezbollah, was biased in its ruling. Indeed, there are numerous Sunni Muslims who were detained for extended periods of time without trial -- on the basis of allegations, or for much less serious crimes.

MP Khaled Daher, a Sunni Muslim, commented, "The Military Tribunal will be transformed from a court specializing in harming and subjugating Sunnis youths to a court that will subjugate every free element in Lebanon."

Lebanon's Justice Minister, General Ashraf Rifi (Twitter: @Ashraf_Rifi) tweeted, "The Military Tribunal is a tool in the hand of the authority. When the Assad regime [of Syria] was the authority, the Court was a tool in the hand of [the late Syrian General] Rustum Ghazaleh."

The Future Bloc released a statement that condemned “in the strong terms the lenient sentence issued by the Military Tribunal against the criminal terrorist Michel Samaha."

The Bloc noted that Samaha "was working, planning and directing a series of severe crimes by conspiring with the Syrian security agencies to target innocent civilians, religious figures and politicians.”

“The crimes could have caused the ugliest strife in the history of Lebanon,” the Bloc's statement highlighted.

The next day, Defense Minister Samir Moqbel countered by stating that, “Threatening and slandering judges and the judiciary is not acceptable by any means."

Moqbel added, "This campaign against the Military Tribunal at this time in particular has negative repercussions on the security situation" in the country.

Basically, Moqbel reconfirmed that demands for justice and accountability in Lebanon continue to be unwelcome. Previously, Hezbollah refused to allow the Lebanese security forces to arrest four members of the organization suspected in involvement in the terror blast that killed former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri (Twitter: @RaficBHariri), his companions, and passersby. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) (Twitter: @stlebanon) had submitted to the Lebanese Government warrants requiring the Hezbollah suspects' arrest.

So, it turns out that in Lebanon, as is the case in Iran, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, and Yemen -- i.e., wherever there exists militants loyal to, or allied with the Iranian regime -- there are two categories of terrorism: The 'praiseworthy terrorism' and the unworthy terrorism.

If the Assad regime purposely and persistently drops barrel bombs on civilian neighborhoods throughout Syria, that would be 'laudable terrorism.'

If Shiite militias, backed by the Iranian regime, force Iraqi Sunnis to abandon their towns and burn their domiciles afterwards, that too is 'commendable terrorism.'

If Bahraini Shiites loyal to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei assault their nation's security personnel, that too is 'praisable terrorism.'

Facing this atmosphere of absurdities, Dr. Samir Geagea (Twitter: @DRSAMIRGEAGEA), leader of the Lebanese Forces Party tweeted: "I am with transferring the case of Samaha-Mamlouk to the the International Tribunal.

Radio show host and cyber activist Imad Bazzi (Twitter: @TrellaLB) sarcastically commented on the Samaha case via Twitter:

But, in the aftermath of Daesh's terror attack on the mosque in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, National Syrian Coalition member Alia Mansour (Twitter: @aliamansour) made a stern statement via Twitter: "If the Samaha-Mamlouk scheme had succeeded, Daesh would have claimed the operation [attack].. Search for the Saudi Michel Samaha."

In other words, when Assad and his partners engage in terrorism, they like to lay the responsibility of on a 'usual suspect,' such as Israel, or easily condemnable terrorists: Al-Qaeda, Daesh or other active state or non-state actors in the Middle East.

In 2015, Eyad Abu Shakra revisits what is known as the Samaha-Mamlouk conspiracy in an article entitled "No More Illusions about an 'Occupied Lebanon'." Abu Shaqra carefully guides the reader through the events that took place in Lebanon in 2005, in the aftermath of the assassination of Rafic Hariri.

​Abu Shakra notes that while the protesters of the Hariri murder succeeded in forcing the Assad regime to withdraw its troops from Lebanon, the victory was short-lived:

Unfortunately, as would later become clear, the Tehran–Damascus axis had only lost a battle, not the war. In fact, it turned out that this was a minor “battle” that did not exceed the true nature of Hezbollah being brought out into the open after it had been well concealed by the shadow of the Syrian–Lebanese security apparatus. Hezbollah was openly handed the task it had previously been accorded in secret, after it had spent several years silently working, recruiting, building and expanding across Lebanon.

What came thereafter was a long series of disturbing and horrific events: Hezbollah's unnecessary destructive war with Israel in 2006; Hezbollah's subsequent occupation of Beirut's city center; Hezbollah's systemic assassination of March 14 Coalition figures; Hezbollah's invasion of Sunni neighborhoods in Beirut and Druze towns in Mount Lebanon in 2008; and, finally Hezbollah's toppling of the Lebanese national unity government in 2011!

Hezbollah and allied forces invaded Beirut's Sunni neighborhoods on May 7, 2008.
Hezbollah and its allies invaded Beirut's Sunni neighborhoods on May 7, 2008.

With this, Abu Shakra rightly concludes that "Hezbollah’s occupation of Lebanon does not differ much from the occupation of Syria by the militias’ of Bashar Assad and Iranian general Qassim Suleimani."

As to Samaha, he "would not have been able to partake in this conspiracy -- alone or in collaboration with Gen. Mamlouk -- were it not for the fact that Lebanon is truly an occupied country," Abu Shakra writes.

Indeed, there are absolutely no more illusions that Lebanon is an occupied country -- by 'commendable' terrorists!

The Myth of 'American Islam'

In one of his articles this year, the U.S.-based researcher on Iran Behnam Ben Taleblu addresses a very important but often overlooked topic: The Iranian regime's fixation on so-called 'American Islam.'

In the aftermath of the occupation of large areas in north-western Iraq and north-eastern Syria by Daesh (a.k.a., ISIL; ISIS; Islamic State) and its advance towards the Iraq-Iran border, Ben Taleblu writes, "ISIS rages next door and the U.S. Congress is threatening new sanctions, but Iranian officials remain preoccupied by a different challenge, one that has haunted them for decades…" This "challenge," explains Ben Taleblu, is 'American Islam.'

Ben Taleblu then quotes Iranian Supreme Leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying, "American Islam means ceremonial Islam, an Islam that is indifferent in the face of oppression." Indeed, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Khamenei's predecessor, has set combating oppression as one of the Iranian Revolution's primary goals. Hence, to the Khomeinists, a gracious Shiite Islam that preaches awaiting the reappearance of al-Imam al-Mahdi, performing the Hajj to Mecca and Medina, and focusing one's efforts on one's family -- such as favored by, say, the Najaf-based Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani -- is one to be rejected.

Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and members of the Iranian leadership
Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and members of the Iranian leadership.

Why?

Because a Shiite Islam that lives and lets live cannot be used to unleash crafty mullahs, export 'revolutions,' and expand a sectarian empire. Such a benign Shiite Islam, in the malignant Khomeinist mind, must not only be rejected, but also declared extraneous and associated with Kufr (rejection of Islam)!

In fact, Khamenei's 'American Islam' is a mere myth, for what he is rejecting is a traditional Shiite Islam that pre-existed the establishment of the United States in 1776.

Yet, it is now self-evident that the Khomeinist mullahs are designing and selling to the Shiite populace within and without Iran … an Iranian empire.

Indeed, the Shiites in Iran are celebrating the resurrection of an empire -- one that is rising over the rubble of Syrian cities and on top of the crushed skulls of hundreds of thousands of Muslims.

That, while many of the foreign subjects of the Iranian empire kiss their enslavers' boots.

The politics of kissing Assadists' boots
The politics of kissing Assadist boots.

Alas, it's the Dahiyeh Syndrome!

The Revisionism of the History of SVBIED

In an article in The Japan Times entitled "Islamic State builds an ‘air force’ out of truck bombs" the author(s) address(es) the topic of Daesh (a.k.a., ISIL; ISIS; Islamic State) and its key weapon, the Suicide Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (SVBIED). The author(s) state(s), "The Islamic State group did not invent what is now known as a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED). It is unclear who holds that dubious distinction. Rigged horse carts were used more than two centuries ago, such as in a failed 1800 assassination attempt against Napoleon in Paris."

"Vehicle-borne bombs’ formidable potential as a weapon was put on display with the 1920 Wall Street bombing carried out by Italian anarchist Mario Buda, said Mike Davis, author of 'Buda’s Wagon: A Short History of the Car Bomb'," the author(s) add(s).

However, there is something suspiciously missing in the article's review of the history of the SVBIED!

In an article entitled "Iran threatens, ISIS executes," published by Asharq Al Awsat, journalist Eyad Abu Shakra clarifies:

The Japan Times recently published a report under the headline “Islamic State builds an ‘air force’ out of truck bombs”. The report painstakingly lays out when and where “truck bombs” were used, including in the Syrian border town of Ayn Al-Arab, also known as Kobani. The author, bless him, tells the readers that this weapon, given the initials SVBIED (suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device), was not invented by ISIS: in 1800 a rigged horse cart was used in the failed assassination attempt against Napoleon in Paris. He goes on to cite other examples of the use of “truck bombs” throughout the past decades with the help of American experts who somehow remember Tamil Tiger suicide attacks and the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995, but not the massive 1983 attack on the US Marines headquarters in Beirut!

 

I doubt this oversight was a result of natural forgetfulness, but rather a genuine attempt—at the highest levels—to exonerate the enemy of yesterday in order to repackage it as the ally of tomorrow.

Indeed, the aforementioned article published by The Japan Times offers an inauthentic revisionism of the history of SVBIED, totally removing any mention of the role of the Iranian and Syrian regimes and Hezbollah in modern suicide bombing!

Aftermath of Hezbollah's SVBIED attack on U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut in 1983
The aftermath of Hezbollah's SVBIED attack on the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut in 1983.

Unfortunately, there are forces at work continuously trying to shift the balance of power in the Middle East in favor of the sectarian Iranian regime and Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based Khomeinist international terror organization.

Alas, this meddling with the existing Middle Eastern borders and boundaries will only widen the gaps, harden the political positions, extend the regional conflicts, and lead to even more bloodshed.

The Military Ranking of Iran Exposes IRGC Empty Bravado

Not top news for Tehran’s Khomeinist regime: In spite of all the bravado of Pasdaran and its recent assault on a mock U.S. aircraft carrier in the Gulf, Iran is ranked as a distant 22nd military power in the world!

Worse yet, several Sunni Muslim-majority countries are ranked ahead of Shiite-dominated Iran. These mighty, mainly Sunni nations include Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan and Indonesia.

Adding insult to injury, the report reveals that nuclear Israel -- the Middle Eastern nation weaker-than-a-spider’s-web according to Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah -- is ranked as the 11th military might in the world, while the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is ranked as the 25th fighting power, with only Vietnam and Thailand separating KSA from Iran.

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Needless to say, assaulting a defenseless replica of an aircraft carrier is one thing and commanding a real and armed aircraft carrier is an entirely different matter! Indeed, the Iranian regime is exaggerating its prowess among its Shiite devotees, which only fuels sectarian sentiments and leads to further bloodshed in the Middle East.

Alas, the dust of battles in the region will settle only when the Shiite community’s perception of reality reconciles with the facts on the ground: There are far more Sunnis than Shiites in the world and together the Sunni-majority nations are overwhelmingly more powerful than Iran.

Until then, expect more bloodshed in Islamdom, unfortunately!

Data and image source: The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

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