W. Thomas Smith, Jr

Now we learn that in an attempt to “avert further crisis,” Arab League negotiators in Qatar have granted the terrorist group even more concessions: Veto power on any government decision (Hezbollah’s army apparently already wielded that from the muzzles of its AK-47s) and 11 cabinet seats for Hezbollah and its allies (over a period of time, the terrorists had managed to snake themselves into six.)

However, despite Sleiman’s unwillingness to fight and the government’s willingness to negotiate with mass murderers; the majority pro-democracy movement in Lebanon is not taking it on the chin.

In an international radio broadcast, Saturday, Dr. Walid Phares, director of the Future of Terrorism Project for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, appealed to the Lebanese people to resist Hezbollah.

According to Phares:

“Lebanese citizens have the fundamental right to resist Hezbollah’s terror and invasion of west Beirut, the mountains and the north. … All efforts by Lebanese citizens to oppose terrorism and to do so in defense of democracy will be endorsed worldwide.”

On Sunday, I learned that members of Lebanon’s pro-democracy movement were indeed forming a “resistance group against terrorism.” That group – originating in Beirut – is composed of Christians, Druze, and Muslims (both Sunni and Shiia). This week, other reports indicate there may be like-minded resistance groups forming elsewhere in the country.

Sources tell me, Hezbollah may have temporarily gained the upper hand. Concessions – which are being inaccurately reported as a victory for all Lebanese – have temporarily bandaged the wounds. And resistance against the terrorist group may have had to go underground. But this fight is far from over.

W. Thomas Smith, Jr

W. Thomas Smith Jr. is a former U.S. Marine rifle-squad leader and counterterrorism instructor. He is the author of six books, and he has covered war and conflict in the Balkans, on the West Bank, in Iraq, and Lebanon. Visit him online at http://www.uswriter.com.
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