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Lebanon: Futility of Efforts to Exclude the Resistance

Saturday, June 21, 2008

POSITION OF RESISTANCE IN LEBANON

The myth of invincibility of the Zionist regime army was crushed for the first time eight years ago, that is when the occupied Lebanese lands were liberated from under the claws of the Zionist occupiers due to brave resistance of the Lebanese combatants.

In 1978, the Israelis started a massive incursion into Lebanon and occupied parts of the Lebanese territory. In 1982 they advanced as far as the gates of Beirut but were forced to retreat thanks to the heroic resistance of the Lebanese forces. The occupying army was then deployed in regions of South Lebanon known as "security zone" covering about 1000 km out of 10400 sq km area of Lebanon. The Israelis stationed their mercenaries called Antoine Lahad paramilitary forces on the frontline and positioned their own army behind them.

It was very hard for Israel to be forced to quit the security zone which enjoyed vital importance. In fact, no body thought they would withdraw from this area one day but the valiance of the Lebanese national resistance and steadfastness of the people of Lebanon forced them to flee with humiliation.

At that time the United Nations Security Council had passed Resolution 425 which called for unconditional withdrawal of Israel from the Lebanese territory but they totally disregarded the international resolution. After the failure of the UNSC to implement the resolution, the Lebanese Resistance took action independently and by relying on their faith and belief. Faced with the Lebanese Resistance, the Israelis had to plan their humiliating escape from Lebanon in July 2000. But following the remarks made by Lebanese Hizbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrollah that they would cut the fleeing Zionist troops into pieces, the Israelis accelerated their withdrawal and left the occupied lands 43 days before the schedule, that is in May 2000 without even informing their mercenaries on the frontline. Faced with the flood of people and the Resistance forces, Lahad mercenaries immediately contacted their Zionist masters for help but to no avail. Even in the zero border point (the border of Lebanon and Occupied Palestine) the Israeli army did not let the mercenaries in and they were taken prisoners by the Resistance.

The mercenaries of Antoine Lahad expected the Israelis to help them but instead they used them as a human shield against the crushing attacks of the Resistance and the Hizbollah in order to save their own lives. The Israelis thought that the Lahad forces would be killed by the Resistance because of the crimes they had committed and thus a civil war would break out in Lebanon. But contrary to their thinking and thanks to the wisdom of Hassan Nasrollah who said not even a single blood should be shed, the Lahad mercenaries who were happy with the treatment they had received from their Hizbollah captors, were handed over to the relevant authorities. They said their 24-year subservience to Israel had vanished within 24 hours in total humiliation and that the Israelis had turned them into human shields under the worst conditions.

The events of 2000 complemented earlier incidents in 1996 when the Israelis launched operation "Grapes of Wrath" which lasted 16 days but faced strong resistance of the Hizbollah forces. The biggest achievement of this war was legitimization of resistance against occupation. It led to conclusion of the April Agreement with the Lebanese government which legitimized resistance against any occupation in Lebanon. The last example was the 33-day war in July 2006 which for the first time occurred as a full-fledged war between the Islamic Resistance and Israel. The Vinograd Investigation Committee declared Tel Aviv as the loser in the war bringing more attention and respect for the Islamic Resistance from all the strata of the Lebanese community including Christians, Muslims, Druze, etc. which somehow stabilized its position.

In the parliamentary elections in recent years, the Hizbollah enjoyed a good status and the election of its representatives as district mayors displayed the trust of the Lebanese people in the Resistance. Basically, the status of the Hizbollah is such that all the strata and political parties believe that any decision making without participation of the Resistance, particularly the Hizbollah, would be fruitless.

According to the Vinograd Investigation Committee, one of the wonders of the 33-day war for the Israelis was that their army with all its power and equipment repeatedly lost contact with behind the battlefront. This is while the contact of the Hizbollah commanders with behind the war front was never severed. That is why they focused on Hizbollah's communication network thinking that their plot to dismantle the network would result in Hizbollah's defeat. But the outcome was the opposite because the communication network for the Hizbollah was an important part of the arms of the Resistance.

DOHA ACCORD

Although the political currents in Lebanon including March 14 (pro-West) and March 8 (pro-Resistance) had their own specific demands which was a source of difference preventing a solution and although it might be said the demands of a certain party were met more than the other party, yet what happened in Doha was the consolidation of unity and convergence as well as promotion of stability and security in Lebanon.

Although some demands by a certain party may have been heeded in order to come out with a breakthrough but it can be said that in reality all the political currents as well as the people of Lebanon were the winners of the Doha Accord.

MEDIA WAR AGAINST RESISTANCE

Since its independence in 1994, Lebanon has always been coveted by arrogant powers particularly the Zionist regime. Despite the Doha Accord, it is very unlikely for Israeli agents to sit idle. Instead they are expected to accomplish their greedy aims by resorting to various pretexts. Because of the severe blows the Israelis have received from the national and Islamic resistance they are plotting all the time to eliminate the Resistance and their morale.

The Doha Accord is very similar to the Taif Accord which put an end to 15 years of civil war in Lebanon from 1975 to 1990 and paved the way for a new stage of peaceful coexistence by relying on unity and convergence.

Continuation of this state of affairs was not supported by arrogant powers particularly the Zionist regime. For the same reason they launched anti-Lebanon operations in several stages but they were defeated even in their broad war. Therefore, they came to the conclusion that the only way to attain their goals is to create discord and division among the people of Lebanon and undermine the domestic front.

With the numerous crises the Zionist regime is suffering from as well as its repeated defeats at the hands of the Lebanese Resistance and also the financial and political corruption of its officials, Tel Aviv needs to cover up and in some stages transfer the crisis beyond Occupied Palestine in order to distracts the public opinion inside and outside its lands. In fact, the hands of Israel in the recent media campaign against the Hizbollah have been well exposed.

IRAN

The role played by the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Doha Accord was prominent and unique. From the very beginning of the crisis, Iran opened talks with all the parties in Lebanon and always underlined that the only solution to the crisis is conformity. When the Arab League plan for a concurrent resolution of the issues of presidency, formation of government and election law was disclosed, Iran declared that it will support any plan contributing to ending the crisis and forging concord and convergence. Also, when the talks by the Lebanese parties started thanks to the efforts of the Arab League Ministerial Committee, the IRI Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki made numerous contacts specially with the Qatari side which played a significant role in the success of the Doha conference. The Qataris and the Lebanese appreciated the role played by IRI in the Doha Accord.

FUTURE OF RESISTANCE'S WEAPONS

As far as the Resistance is concerned, all the Lebanese parties agree that it is not a paramilitary force and therefore is not subject to UN Security Council resolutions. Basically, the arms held by the Lebanese Resistance Movement are legal and this is something stipulated even by the present government. As long as this issue is supported by all the political parties in Lebanon as a principle, it is very unlikely to be disputed. Even in the Doha talks, this issue was not on the agenda.

NEW PRESIDENT IN THE RIGHT COURSE

Among factors behind Michel Suleiman's approval as the president were his nationalistic sentiments, his defense of the national interest of Lebanon, his efforts for unity and his preference of national interests to personal and partisan interests.

Generally speaking, the people of Lebanon enjoy a deep understanding of the political developments and have great analytical power which they owe to the special political circumstances in the country, the numerous crises they have been through, the arrival and departure of foreign troops and the wide-scale immigration of the Lebanese to other countries. Thanks to this insight, plots to confront the army with the Resistance and pit the Sunnis against the Shias in a religious war were both defeated.

Therefore, the army must play a significant role in consolidating convergence in the Lebanese society and preventing domestic disputes by deeply understanding the current situation, considering the national interests and refusing to get involved in political confrontations. Undoubtedly, convergence, conformity and unity of the Lebanese will be on the agenda of President Michel Suleiman.

Source: http://www.mehrnews.com/fa/

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