Angry Arab

After writing the previous post I went to As3ad’s site. He writes a lengthy piece about the same subject (and much more- just a short excerpt here): ‘What Lebanon is going through right now is undoubtedly part of the legacy of Rafiq Hariri. His designs for Lebanon (early on with Syrian-Saudi support, and later with the support of a faction in the Syrian regime before it was neutralized after the rise of Bashshar Al-Asad) clearly were in tune with the US-Israeli plans in the region. Make no mistake about it: the US wants Abdus-Sattar Abu Risha in every province in every Arab country. Dahlan in Palestine and a Dahlan in Lebanon. Sanyruah was too inviting for the Americans: they thought that he would do in Lebanon what Maliki failed to do in Iraq: to impose national will against militias and resistance groups anywhere in the region. No one in the new era is permitted to defy US/Israeli will. The Saudi are not new to the game of implementing US/Israeli plans in the region. Read about the Saudi role in 1948: read about the newly released US documents of Saudi discussions with the US on the Palestinian issue in the 1970s. But after Sep. 11: the Saudi government decided to go all out in openly following US orders to avoid a confrontation with the US. Part of the plan was the instigation of Sunni-Shi`ite conflict in the region. Call me conspiratorial–I am serious, please do–but it will be a while before we learn the full extent of the Zarqawi gang and its possible connection with Saudi intelligence. After all: even Al-Qa`idah was the product of a covert US/Saudi/Pakistani plan (read Kepel’s book, Jihad and the book by John Cooley’s Unholy War. What happened in Lebanon today was certainly part of a larger regional conspiracy: you can’t isolate the developments of Lebanon from the developments in Iraq and Palestine. (…) Hizbullah chose the worst time to press the government: they could have toppled the Sanyurah government during or shortly after the Israeli war on Lebanon, before the Hariri clan did a great job of putting into effect a Zarqawi sectarian plan: following my dictum on Lebanon: that secatarianism is the last refuge of Lebanese scoundrels. Hizbullah suffers from several weaknesses and factors: as effective as it has been militarily against the savage Israeli invasion of Lebanon, and its war in 2006, it is far less effective politically. Furthermore, Hizbullah, it should be stressed is not a leftist or secular organization, and it bears the price–as it should–for that. It only discovered the flaws of its sectarian organization after the Hariri assassination because they discovered the acute sectarian ploys of the Hariri family (at the behest of Saudi Arabia/Israel/US–the plan is run jointly by the tripartite alliance now). Hizbullah made lukewarm efforts to align itself with Gen. `Awn and with some Sunni and Druzes parties to expand its appeal. But they did a lousy job of expanding the basis of their support. Certainly, they failed to deliver any political capital for `Awn. They are not good allies, unless you count their past sectarian alliances with Hariri and Jumblat. (…) The current crisis was initiated by Walid Jumblat, in the wake of a visit to Lebanon by David Welsh, but the two factors are unrelated unless you are on of those who believe in conspiracy theories: do you? Jumblat always goes far in his subservience to outside patrons: he was fanatic in this allegiance to the Syrian regime, and he is now fanatic in his allegiance to the US/Saudi/Israeli plan for Lebanon. And Bush is not less delusional than in 2003: his ignorance of foreign affairs–still as acute as they were when he ran the baseball team–and his religio-political fanaticism put him under the spell of his dangerous dogmas for the region. He really sincerely thinks that he can pull it off: that he can achieve successes for the Bush Doctrine in Palestine, Iraq, and Lebanon before he leaves office.’

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