Sunday, November 12, 2006

Here is an attempt by Elias Bejjani - Human Rights activist, journalist & political commentator,
Spokesman for the Canadian Lebanese Human Rights Federation (CLHRF), and Chairman for the Canadian Lebanese Coordinating Council (LCCC)
- to give a historical background and context to the question of Sheba'a Farms, a tiny of piece of territory which Hizzballa uses to justify its "raison d'etre" to the Lebanese people. It looks like the Lebanese are smarter than Hizzbala gives them credit for.


From all the preceding, it is clear that the Shebaa Farms question landed in year 2000 on the Lebanese in a Syrian Baathist parachute, a poisoned gift such as all the gifts the Baath offered the Lebanese. The Baath fabricated this story to maintain its occupation of Lebanon and create an anomalous situation at the Lebanese border with Israel that prevents the rise of the Lebanese State, and to keep its control of the Lebanese scene, directly through its intelligence and soldiers, and indirectly through Hezbollah, the Amal Movement and the rest of the Lebanese and Palestinian organizations that are completely in its grip. Syria was forced to leave Lebanon by the Lebanese people's "Cedars Revolution" and by the 2004 UN Resolution 1559 that was strongly supported by the international community.

Following the Israeli withdrawal of May 2000, the United Nations tasked its delegates, with Lebanese and Israeli participation, with the mission of delineating the border between Lebanon and Israel. The Blue Line was thus drawn with the stipulation that the Shebaa Farms were located inside Syrian territories. Lebanon and Syria, as well as Israel and all Arab countries recognized the Blue Line as the official border.

Lebanon's recognition was double-sided. General Emile Lahoud, the Lebanese President, sent a secret letter to the Secretary General of the UN Kofi Annan without the knowledge of his Prime Minister Salim Hoss, in which he accepted the Blue Line. Yet, publicly and in the media, the matter was presented as though Lebanon refused to recognize the Blue Line before an Israeli withdrawal from the Shebaa Farms.

The Lebanese media, towing the Syrian line, then began a campaign of inciting the people in order to justify keeping weapons in the hands of Hezbollah and preventing the Lebanese Army from deploying along the border with Israel and entering the Palestinian camps, and basically prevent the Lebanese government from spreading and exercising its authority over its entire territory.

The Lebanese South was to remain a time-bomb in the hands of the Syrian and Iranian rulers under an upside-down argument that the Lebanese Army ought not to be deployed to the Lebanese border with Israel so as not protect the Israeli border! A sick and tragic logic that made Lebanon and those in its government the laughing stock of the international community.

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