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World Council for the Cedars Revolution

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WCCR Suspects “Sinister Activities” May Be Behind Recent Earthquakes in Lebanon PDF Print E-mail
Written by W. Thomas Smith Jr.   
Wednesday, 09 July 2008

W. Thomas Smith Jr.
W. Thomas Smith Jr.

The World Council of the Cedars Revolution (WCCR) has just issued a statement calling on the United Nations to “ascertain the causes” of literally hundreds of earthquakes which have occurred in southern Lebanon over the past few months.

According to the WCCR’s statement:

“The occurrences of the earthquakes which have rocked southern Lebanon and in particular the region which is set between south of the Litani River and the city of Tyre and which has suffered several hundreds of such earth movements over the last three months with a Richter Scale rating of between two and three degrees.”

A couple of quick calls to the U.S. Geological Survey and a search of the USGS’s global earthquake tracking map reveal only one reported earthquake — one registering 3.1 — which occurred in the Lebanon-Syria area on July 2. However, quake-like rumblings have been recently and frequently reported by Lebanese citizens in the region south of the Litani River: some of those quakes reportedly damaging buildings and bridges — in some cases, “the destruction of homes” — and forcing frightened residents to sleep outside of their homes at night.

Leaders within the worldwide Lebanese diaspora are now questioning whether the earthquakes are natural occurrences or man-made. 

The area in question is under control of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and as such, the WCCR has presented the following three requests to the secretary general of the UN Security Council:

1) To determine as a matter of fact that these earth movements are a result of geological activities and are not man made.

2) To determine as a matter of fact that Hezbollah or any other force active in the area, are not carrying out any excavations for tunnels and or storage areas which are taking place under the disguise of what might be perceived to be earthquakes.

3) To determine as a matter of fact that this region is not being subject, as rumours would indicate, that there could be the carrying out of nuclear testing by Iran who might view this to be a safe haven for such developments.

The statement continues:

“The World Council of the Cedars Revolution wants to ensure that the civil society throughout Lebanon whose primary concern is to call on the Secretary General of the UNSC to take this matter seriously and employ whatever is required to ascertain that the lives of the people of this region and their homes and properties are not subjected to such dangers; and that this region will not become a field of new and dangerous operations which will cause devastation, displacement of residents and an increase in their sufferings.”

After receiving the statement, I spoke with Col. Charbel Barakat (Lebanese Army, ret.), a former infantry brigade commander who today serves as senior security advisor to the WCCR and directs the WCCR’s office of counterterrorism.

Barakat tells me:

“There was one measuring at least 3.5, last night [Monday, July 7]. It seems more than strange that 850-plus earthquakes over a three-month period occurring nearly every day in a specific area of the country.

“If you look at what Hezbollah did — in terms of preparation — before the 2006 war, it seems as if they might be preparing tunnels, perhaps underground warehouses, even an entire city. Nobody knows. Or they could be testing explosive devices.”

With the exception of brave news outlets like Lebanon’s Future News (which was directly targeted by Hezbollah and its allies during the May terrorist attacks) and a few others, there has been very little coverage of this story; almost none in the Western media.

“They [Hezbollah] are buying everybody [in Lebanon],” says Barakat. “They have enough money and enough power.”

— Visit W. Thomas Smith Jr. at uswriter.com.

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