5.11.2008

Beirut under Occupation: First Arab Capital under Iranian control

Christians lose their potential presence in the East, and their allies the modernistic Sunnis are humiliated.

Yes, it is not believable, but it is true. Beirut under Iranian terrorist occupation.

Many many stupid people around the world, especially in Europe, would not believe me when I previously qualified Hezbullah as an Iranian terrorist armed gang. Now, the whole world just needs to look at occupied Beirut.

The Iranian terrorist regime with its terrorist Revolutionary Guard's branch in Beirut so-called Hezbullah has occupied Beirut using the Israel-Baath alliance and European Union's stances and policy in the Middle East, especially when they bought the last Baath that occupies Syria.

Neither the region nor the world can afford the Iranian-led Middle East totalitarian axis taking control of Lebanon. This would be an ultimate strategic disaster.

Now, I am waiting for the international action to say my word. In the meantime, my message to the US, do not wait for some things to happen, or Arabs to move. And to Europeans I say avail yourselves of Baath and its leader the Iranian regime.

In this context, and to conceive an empirical and realistic perspective on the struggle in the Middle East, which can explain current and future events in the Middle East read my previous articles:

- The Conflict over the New Middle East

- Lebanon's Independence and Democracy



Hizbullah Controls Beirut, March 14 Says 'Violence Will Not Terrorize Us'

Naharnet
Beirut, 09 May 2008

Hizbullah gunmen seized control of key parts of Beirut from Sunnis loyal to the U.S.-backed government Friday, a dramatic show-of-force certain to strengthen the Iranian-allied group's hand as it fights for dominance in Lebanon's political deadlock.

An ally of Hizbullah said the group intended to pull back, at least partially, from the areas its gunmen occupied overnight and Friday morning — signaling Hizbullah likely does not intend a full-scale, permanent takeover of Sunni Muslim parts of Beirut, similar to the Hamas takeover of Gaza a year ago.

The clashes eased by Friday evening as Lebanon's army began peacefully moving into some areas where Hizbullah gunmen had a presence.

But as Hizbullah gunmen celebrated in the capital's empty streets — including marching down Hamra Street, one of its glitziest shopping lanes — it was clear that the show-of-force would have wide implications for Lebanon and the entire Mideast.

Three days of street battles and gunfights capped by Hizbullah have killed at least 14 people and wounded 20 — the country's worst sectarian fighting since the 1975-1990 civil war.

Three more people were killed in two separate incidents on Friday after the Hizbullah takeover. Two of them were Druze allies of Hizbullah who died in a shooting in a hilly suburb southeast of the capital late Friday, security officials said.

The leaders of Qatar and Syria held talks on Lebanon in Damascus, which wields influence with Hizbullah and has close relations with Iran. Syria's official news agency said the two sides agreed the conflict in Lebanon was an internal affair and expressed hope the feuding parties would find a solution through dialogue.

About 100 Shiite Hizbullah militants wearing matching camouflage uniforms and carrying assault rifles marched down Hamra Street, a normally vibrant commercial strip in a mainly Sunni area of Beirut. They took up positions in corners and sidewalks and stopped the few cars braving the empty streets to search their trunks.

On nearby streets, dozens of fighters from another Hizbullah -allied party appeared, some wearing masks and carrying rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

The Hizbullah takeover was peaceful in some neighborhoods as the militants fanned out across the Muslim sector of the city.

Later in the day, Lebanese troops began taking up positions in some Sunni neighborhoods abandoned by the pro-government groups, but did not intervene in the clashes, which had largely tapered off into sporadic gunfire by early afternoon. Some of the gunfire was celebratory in the air by the militants.

A senior security official said the army began deploying on some streets with the end of the clashes and would soon take over the Sunnis' last stronghold of Tarik Jadideh. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

In some cases Hizbullah handed over newly won positions to Lebanese troops, presumably after having made clear to everyone its strength ahead of the next round of negotiations with opponents over the country's political future.

Hezbollah's power was demonstrated dramatically Friday morning when it forced Future TV, the station affiliated to the party of Lebanon's top Sunni lawmaker, Saad Hariri, off the air.

Gunmen also set chaos in the offices of the party's newspaper, Al-Mustaqbal, in the coastal neighborhood of Ramlet el-Bayda.

Later in the afternoon, anti-government gunmen loyal to a pro-Syrian group attacked and set on fire a two-story building where Hariri's Future TV have their archives in the western neighborhood of Raouche.

With top leaders Hariri of the Sunnis and Druze leader Walid Jumblat besieged in their residences, officials of the pro-government majority held an emergency meeting in the mountain town of Maarab, northeast of Beirut

After the meeting, the March 14 forces called on the army to take control of the streets and urged Arab and international intervention to pressure the countries that support Hizbullah — meaning Iran and Syria.

"The bloody coup d'etat aims at returning Syria to Lebanon and placing Iran on the Mediterranean," said the statement read by Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea. "Violence will not terrorize us, but it will increase our resolve," he said.

He said the Hizbullah takeover violated the constitution which governs Christian-Muslim coexistence in Lebanon.

Late Friday, a group of gunmen fired about a dozen bullets at a statue of Rafik Hariri next to the seafront road where he was killed in a massive 2005 truck bombing. The statue was raised in February on the anniversary of the assassination.

Prime Minister Fouad Saniora and several ministers were holed up in Saniora's downtown office surrounded by troops and police.

An emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo to discuss the crisis will be held in two days, said Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki.

The unrest has virtually shut down Lebanon's international airport and barricades closed major highways. The seaport also was closed, leaving one land route to Syria as Lebanon's only link to the outside world.



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