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Terrorist group strengthened by Lebanon’s new Prime Minister PDF Print E-mail
Written by W. Thomas Smith   
Saturday, 29 January 2011

Najib Mikati Kissing Hand of Hezbollah Leader Hassan Nasrallah
Najib Mikati Kissing Hand of Hezbollah Leader Hassan Nasrallah

Though soft-soaped in the media, the Lebanese parliament’s dubbing of pro-Hizballah billionaire Najib Mikati as Lebanon’s new prime minister has Lebanon’s pro-democracy movement aghast. It should be equally disturbing to anyone supporting freedom, democracy, and transparency in that country.

Let’s not forget, Hizballah – which former U.S. Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff said, “makes al Qaeda look like a minor league team” – is perhaps the most dangerous terrorist army (let’s not mince words here) on the planet. The group is heavily funded by Iran, and operationally supported by Iran and Syria. It has a capable military wing in Lebanon where it maintains huge stockpiles of military grade weapons – staged throughout the country which have never been adequately challenged (in violation of both United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1559 and 1701).

Hizballah has operational cells worldwide, including here in the U.S. It has a media / propaganda arm that is second to none. Its military wing is stronger – and frankly has more political leverage – than the Lebanese army and police (both of which have been heavily infiltrated by Hizballah). And if Hizballah doesn’t get what it wants from the so-called democratically elected government of Lebanon, the terrorist group and its allies have no qualms about attacking the Lebanese people as they did in May 2008. And they’ll attack with impunity.

Now with Mikati as prime minister, the terrorist group’s strengthening political leverage is essentially delivering that country’s military forces and intelligence services to the Iranians – not that Iran (with its billion-plus annual petrodollars funding Hizballah) didn’t already have a hand in Lebanese politics. But now Iran will have unfettered control of the Lebanese army and army policy.

How did we get to this?

“The collapse of the [Saad] Hariri government is a result of Hizballah threatening members of parliament to shift to their side so that they could form a government headed by Mikati,” says Tom Harb, Sec. Gen. of the International Lebanese Committee for the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1559. “This is a direct threat to both Lebanon’s Cedars Revolution and the majority will of the Lebanese based on two elections in 2005 and 2009. The new government should be rejected by the U.S. government, and Mikati should have his assets frozen because of his cooperation with a terrorist organization like Hizballah. It doesn’t matter if he is a billionaire, so is Bin Laden.”

The installation of Mikati as prime minister should be disturbing to Western military leaders. It certainly is to some of the clearer thinking U.S. policy makers.

U.S. Congresswoman Sue Myrick (R, N.C.), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and founder of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, sent a letter to Barack Obama, Tuesday, stating in part, “The situation in Lebanon, and the growing global power of Hizballah, should be a great cause of concern to Americans,” adding, “We must not let Iran gain further influence in the Middle East.” She appealed to the pres. to “show solidarity with the Lebanese People by rejecting any recognition of a Hizballah government.”

According to Harb, the installation of Mikati is not only a dark day for freedom and democracy in Lebanon, but it is a direct threat to U.S. national security as “Hizballah, which has already infiltrated the Lebanese army, will fully open the gates to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and Hizballah operatives and the IRGC will be granted even greater global access through Lebanese embassies worldwide and with terrorists being protected by diplomatic immunity.”

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