Northern Lebanon Becomes Part of Syrian Sectarian War
May 23, 2012 • 9:05AM

Northern Lebanon, especially Tripoli, has become not only the logistics center for the Salafi terrorist groups fighting the Syrian government, but also part of the sectarian war in Southwest Asia. Northern Lebanon was set on fire last Sunday, May 20, when a Sunni cleric was shot dead by soldiers at a checkpoint of the Lebanese army. Sheikh Ahmed Abdulwahid and his companion refused to stop their car at the checkpoint, which prompted the soldiers to shoot and kill both of them. The checkpoint's mission is to search cars for weapons that are suspected to have become a major trade item in the north. Last month Lebanese customs stopped a car filled with guns and ammunition at the Tripoli port in a ship suspected to have originated from one of the anti-Syrian Arab regimes (Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Libya). Furthermore, the Sheikh and his companion were on their way to a demonstration organized in Akkar to counter a festival of the pan-Syrian Syrian National Socialist Party--which is a Lebanese party! When news of the shooting of the Sheikh spread, the National Socialists cancelled their festival on advice from the Lebanese army, in order to avoid a bloodbath. The Sunni supporters of Sheikh Abdulwahid blocked roads and launched attacks on the Lebanese army posts.

On Monday, clashes between pro-Syrian and Sunni Salafi groups led to the death of two persons in Beirut. Two grenades were launched into two Alawite neighborhoods in Tripoli, but no casualties were reported. Saudi-backed groups like Saad Al-Hariri's Al-Mustaqbal Party, accuse the Syrian regime of exporting the war to Lebanon. The reality is, that British-U.S. support for the regime-change policy and terrorist groups have entangled Lebanon in the sectarian war in Syria, as Lebanon has become a base for training, financing, and arming Salafist terrorists on their way to Syria.

The Lebanese army and government have so far only partially managed to control some of these groups and the smuggling across the border. But Tripoli and the regions around it in the north are becoming more and more an autonomous region under the militant Salafi groups, including such London-produced waste as Sheikh Omar Bakri. Even Al-Hariri and his Al-Mustaqbal party are not able to control the area which is their traditional base, because they are considered too soft on the Shi'ite Hezbollah-Christian alliance government, which is clearly pro-Syrian. Moreover, money and weapons which flowed from Saudi Arabia to Tripoli through Al-Mustaqbal networks before, are now going directly to the militant groups through new networks.

Even among the Christians in Lebanon, fault lines are emerging, as the fanatic Samir Geagea and his Christian militant group, Lebanese Forces (a member of Hariri's March 14 Alliance), joined the Saudi anti-Syrian propaganda war in March when he attacked the Lebanese Catholic Patriarch, Bishara Al-Rai, for saying that the militants in Syria were aspiring to create a sectarian Sunni state and force the Christians out as happened in Iraq. Geagea, in his insanity, blamed Al-Rai for having provoked the equally insane statement of the Saudi Mufti, Al-Alsheikh, who said in early March that "all [Christian] churches should be destroyed in the Arab Peninsula," and that no other religion should exist there besides Islam.

Geagea is a sworn enemy of Michel Aoun, leader of the Free Patriotic Movement (now called Change and Reform Bloc), which is the largest partner in the current government together with Hezbollah and Amal (both Iran-backed Shi'a groups), and independent Sunni figures such as Prime Minister Najib Miqati.

The sectarian war in Lebanon can become much bloodier, due to the complexity of the texture of the society and the fact that almost all parties have armed groups and backing by foreign governments. A continuation of Obama's British sectarian war on Syria will mean the death of Lebanon and many nations beyond, including Iraq, Iran, Bahrain, and even Saudi Arabia itself.