Great, now a Civil War in Lebanon, Christian versus Christian the Middle East
October 6, 2007 1 Comment
It is now being reported that Christian militias in Lebanon are re-arming themselves not to fight against Hamas or Hezbollah, but against their fellow Christian counterparts. The possibility of a civil war is now becoming a reality and the flashpoint will be the Christian militias of Lebanon who were once the dominate power. Many of the people in the communities in Lebanon feel that the time is rapidly approaching and that another civil war not seen since 1975 is almost upon them.
The Christian militias are adorning their bodies with Tattoos and stockpiling weapons and are training in their local areas. The young Christians are also spray painting nationalist slogans on walls and signing up with the militias in record numbers not seen since the fifteen year civil war of 1975.
All of this tension is set amidst the election for a president, who according to the Lebanese constitution must be a Christian as the position is reserved and the election is to occur by the end of November no less.
However a large growing problem exists which is prompting rival Christian factions to threaten war. The point of contention which is threatening an all out civil war in the region is whether;
- Lebanese Christians must accept their minority status and get along with the Muslim majority? This is the choice of the popular General Michel Aoun
- Or whether these Christians should insist on special privileges no matter what their share of the population? The position taken by the rival Christian factions.
Many Lebanese government leaders worry that within days of a renewed conflict that heavy weapons could flow to rival Christian factions from Israel, Syria, France and the United States.
Hezbollah and the Sunni parties have urged restraint on their own militias. However in the Christian suburbs of Beirut, activists from the Phalange and the Lebanese Force a pro-government faction have opened recruiting offices for the coming conflict. The other Christian factions who are followers of Aoun and Suleiman Franjieh and are allied with Hezbollah are considered pro-Syrian they to have stepped up their recruitment efforts.
The last census report was in 1932 and the Christians then were approximately 55% of the population. Since that time their numbers have diminished and they are now thought to constitute approximately 30% of the population. By law the president as well as the leader of the armed forces must always be a Christian. However the Christian community has been so bitterly divided that the Shiite and Sunni Muslim leaders have often ended up choosing the candidates for them.
The reality of an outbreak of Civil War is palpable in the region and that the competing Christian factions are going to attack their rival Christian counterparts. This is truly heartbreak for the Middle East an area rife with hatred and wars wrought upon its people for political, economic, and religious reasons. The world can only sit back and wait for another senseless war to commence and the numbers of dead and wounded to be counted.
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