Incoherent Thoughts on Nahr al Barid
Although I’m a bit late to comment on the situation in Nahr il Barid, but I think it’s better late than never.
I’m not sure what frustrates me more, the fact that Palestinian civilians are pay for what a few idiots did, or how quickly Lebanese people forgot about what happened last summer.
Roughly a year ago, while innocent civilians were being killed left and right by the Israelis, the Lebanese soldiers responsible for protecting their people (as they claim these days) were hiding in their bunkers. Where was the heavy artillery then? Was the army saving it for a bigger crisis? It took me by surprise how quickly and ambitiously the army moved, I thought they would still be a sleep since last summer. But it’s all cool now… it turns out they the army and Fath al Islam were allies after all.
Incase you haven’t heard, Fath al Islam is a US backed group. The purpose of this new group was to create a Sunni force counteracting Hezbollah. Fath al Islam is fueled with money from the conniving prince Bandar, and weapons from the US. It seems like the US learned from the Taliban fiasco?
What I find most ridiculous about this whole situation is how the US rushed weapon supplies to the welcoming arms of the Lebanese army. Which shows clearly the US intent in the region: to create internal struggles, and maintain them. Distracting Arabs internally is an excellent way to get them off Israel’s back.
The victims in this whole situation are first and foremost the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Their living conditions in Lebanon are the primary reasons you find them involved in such operations. You don’t have to look far to see that how Palestinians can become a productive and effective part of society if given the chance. Palestinian refugees in Syria are among the educated and successful part of society, thanks to the fair treatment they receive from the Syrians. I believe that the Palestinian behaviour seen in the recent incident is a direct byproduct of the discrimination they experience in Lebanon. It’s amazing what a little freedom can do.
Looking on the positive side of things, at least we now know of what was happening underground in the Lebanese arena. Had Fath al Islam gone under the radar a little longer, and gained a bit of strength who knows how large the clash would have been. I hope this incident sends a wake up call to those blaming the Syrians for every bad thing that happens in Lebanon.