An Online Journal of Political Commentary & Analysis
Volume VI, Issue # 206, September 21, 2004
Dr. Almon Leroy Way, Jr., Editor
Government Committed to & Acting in Accord with Conservative Principles
Ensures a Nation's Strength, Progress, & Prosperity
Home Page   Main Menu   Recent Articles   Site Map   Website Index   Issues & Controversies
  Cyberland University   Political Science, Philosophy, & History: Lectures   U.S. Constitution
  American Constitutional Law   American Constitutional System   American Political System
  Conservatism, Liberalism, & Radicalism   How America Goes to War
  World War IV: Islamist Terror War Against the U.S.A. & the West

By Alan Caruba

FULL STORY:   On September 3, 2004, members of the Lebanese Parliament, who are the toadies of Syria, voted to amend that nation’s constitution to allow its pro-Damascus President to remain in office for another three years. While the Christian and Druze members voted against it, the measure passed. So the Lebanese remain Syria’s captives and pawns, and, for Israel, the event only reinforces the obvious fact that Syria has no intention of seeking peace in the region.

The U.S. press took little note of this event. For most Americans who pay any attention to Lebanon, the fact that this once democratic nation has been struggling for its independence since the 1980s has not mattered much. Freedom was destroyed there by the same Islamo-Fascist forces fighting (1) the existence of Israel and (2) fighting the current effort to liberate both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Little noted, as well, was a very unusual United Nations Security Council resolution -- Resolution 1559 -- passed just prior to the vote to amend the Lebanese constitution. It called for “a free and fair presidential election and called on Syria to remove its troops from Lebanon. It passed by a vote of nine in favor with six abstentions. Those in favor included the United States of America, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Romania. Those abstaining included Algeria, Brazil, China, Pakistan, the Philippines, and the Russian Federation.

Chalk up yet another United Nations diplomatic failure in the Middle East. It failed in Iraq. It is failing with Iran. And now you can add Lebanon and Syria to the list.

Syria’s subjugation of Lebanon has become such a regional problem that, in a highly unusual move, Gulf Arab ministers urged Syria to withdraw its troops, making this plea at a meeting of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, on September 13, 2004. Arab nations have traditionally been reluctant to interfere in the affairs of other Arab nations. Lebanon’s Syrian-backed president responded saying, of course, that Syria’s troops would remain until Israel returns to its 1967 pre-war borders and allowed the return of Palestinian refugees. This is not going to happen.

Syria has openly supported Hezbollah, the Palestinian terrorist organization that, in addition to Hamas, has been waging war on Israel, despite the famed and utterly duplicitous Oslo Accords which Arafat’s Palestinian Liberation Organization signed in what now seems a distant past. Syria worked closely with Saddam Hussein’s regime to hide his weapons of mass destruction, and there is little doubt they were not found in Iraq because they now are warehoused in Syria and probably in Lebanon as well.

If Americans remember anything about Lebanon, it is the 1983 terrorist attack on our embassy in Beirut that killed 263 people. It followed a devastating car bomb attack on a U.S. Marine barracks that led then President Ronald Reagan to pull our troops out of the nation that was locked in battle with the same Palestinians who had been driven out of Jordan, after they attempted to overthrow its king and take over that nation.

All this may seem like ancient history, but it directly reflects what had been happening before and since, as Islamo-Fascists and Arab Ba’athists conduct their war to insure that the entire Middle East would remain the same sorry place it has been since World War I put an end to the Ottoman (Muslim) empire and saw the creation of new nations by the victors, France and Great Britain. Their colonization of the Middle East with the tacit approval of the United States of America is the background to all that has occurred since.

My friend, Ziad K. Abdelnour, President of the United States Committee for a Free Lebanon (, says that “If Lebanese Parliament members were able to vote freely, a constitutional amendment would not even be under discussion.” But they are not free and the stooge of Damascus, President Emile Lahoud, remains in power. In a rare moment of agreement, both France and the United States wanted him out. It was Lahoud who sabotaged Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s efforts to get the international community to bail out the debt-ridden Lebanese government back in November, 2000.

Thus, Syria’s President, Bashar Assad, the son of the former dictator, has clearly signaled his alliance with the forces of Islamo-Fascism in their war on the existence of Israel and has sided with those seeking to destabilize the establishment of a democratic government in its neighbor nation, Iraq.

While Americans remain fixated on the fate of Iraq and, to a lesser extent, Afghanistan, the next nations on the list that need intervention remain Syria and Iran. As Abdelnour points out to anyone who will listen:

    “Lebanon is again turning into a main battlefield in the Global East-West confrontation, a development that could prove devastating to Lebanon, the nascent democracies of the Middle East, and the Western free world at large.

    “It must be clear by now to all that the events of 9-11 and ensuing actions by the global fundamentalist movements were designed to lure the U.S. into the region, where they believed they can humiliate it and ultimately defeat it.”

Lebanon is critical to the Islamo-Fascist war because it has become, thanks to the Syrian overlords, a major center for the training, funding, and support of its battles in Israel, Iraq, the Arabian Peninsula, and elsewhere. Moreover, it is the only country in the region that is not run by Islam. It is, at least on paper, the only democracy in the region. And perhaps most importantly, the Lebanese people are the closest to the West in their outlook, their ties, and their history.

As if Lebanon wasn’t a complex enough problem for the U.S.A. and the West to confront, Israel has begun to very publicly make clear that it will not sit by idly while its people continue to be attacked. It has, of course, been criticized for this by the European Union, which continues to funnel millions to the Palestinians. Having occupied a chunk of southern Lebanon to deter such attacks in the past, Israeli patience with renewed attacks is thin at best. It has been systematically assassinating the Hamas leadership and yet the Syrian-backed Hezbollah has not yet taken the hint.

So don’t be surprised if, all of a sudden, Lebanon is in the headlines. Get out your map and find it, because neither the U.S.A., nor Israel, will tolerate Syria’s passive aggression for much longer. The time to rally to Lebanon’s cause is long overdue.


The Middle East & the Problem of Syria

The Middle East & the Arabs

The Israeli-Arab Conflict

The Threat of Radical Islam

More on the Threat of Radical Islam

The Middle East & the Problem of Iraq

The Problem of Rogue States:
Iraq as a Case History

The Middle East & the Problem of Iran

War & Peace in the Real World
   Page Two    Page One

Islamist Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.A.

Osama bin Laden & the Islamist Declaration of War
Against the U.S.A. & Western Civilization

Islamist International Terrorism &
U.S. Intelligence Agencies

U.S. National Security Strategy

Alan Caruba is a veteran business and science writer, a Public Relations Counselor, Communications Director of the American Policy Center, and Founder of the National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly column, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center ( A compilation of his past columns, entitled Warning Signs, is published by Merril Press. In addition to Warning Signs, Caruba is the author of A Pocket Guide to Militant Islam and The United Nations vs. the United States, both of which are available from the National Anxiety Center, 28 West Third Street, Apartment 1321, South Orange, New Jersey, 07079.

Copyright 2004 Alan Caruba

Published with Permission of Alan Caruba

Return to Top of Page


Return to Beginning of
Public Issues & Political Controversies

Return to Beginning of
Most Recent Articles

Return to Beginning of
Volume VI, 2004

Return to Beginning of
Subject Matter Highlights




Africa: Black Africa * Africa: North Africa * American Government 1
American Government 2 * American Government 3 * American Government 4
American Government 5 * American Politics * Anglosphere * Arabs
Arms Control & WMD * Aztlan Separatists * Big Government
Black Africa * Bureaucracy * Canada * China * Civil Liberties * Communism
Congress, U.S. * Conservative Groups * Conservative vs. Liberal
Constitutional Law Counterterrorism * Criminal Justice * Disloyalty * Economy
Education * Elections, U.S. * Eminent Domain * Energy & Environment
English-Speaking World * Ethnicity & Race * Europe * Europe: Jews
Family Values * Far East * Fiscal Policy, U.S. * Foreign Aid, U.S. * France
Hispanic Separatism * Hispanic Treason * Human Health * Immigration
Infrastructure, U.S. * Intelligence, U.S. * Iran * Iraq * Islamic North Africa
Islamic Threat * Islamism * Israeli vs. Arabs * Jews & Anti-Semitism
Jihad & Jihadism * Jihad Manifesto I * Jihad Manifesto II * Judges, U.S. Federal
Judicial Appointments * Judiciary, American * Latin America * Latino Separatism
Latino Treason * Lebanon * Leftists/Liberals * Legal Issues
Local Government, U.S. * Marriage & Family * Media Political Bias
Middle East: Arabs * Middle East: Iran * Middle East: Iraq * Middle East: Israel
Middle East: Lebanon * Middle East: Syria * Middle East: Tunisia
Middle East: Turkey * Militant Islam * Military Defense * Military Justice
Military Weaponry * Modern Welfare State * Morality & Decency
National Identity * National Security * Natural Resources * News Media Bias
North Africa * Patriot Act, USA * Patriotism * Political Culture * Political Ideologies
Political Parties * Political Philosophy * Politics, American * Presidency, U.S.
Private Property * Property Rights * Public Assistance * Radical Islam
Religion & America * Rogue States & WMD * Russia * Science & Ethics
Sedition & Treason * Senate, U.S. * Social Welfare Policy * South Africa
State Government, U.S. * Subsaharan Africa * Subversion * Syria * Terrorism 1
Terrorism 2 * Treason & Sedition * Tunisia * Turkey * Ukraine
UnAmerican Activity * UN & Its Agencies * USA Patriot Act * U.S. Foreign Aid
U.S. Infrastructure * U.S. Intelligence * U.S. Senate * War & Peace
Welfare Policy * WMD & Arms Control

This is not a commercial website. The sole purpose of the website is to share with interested persons information regarding civics, civic and social education, political science, government, politics, law, constitutional law and history, public policy, and political philosophy and history, as well as current and recent political developments, public issues, and political controversies.

An Online Journal of Political Commentary & Analysis
Dr. Almon Leroy Way, Jr., Editor
Conservative & Free-Market Analysis of Government, Politics & Public Policy, Covering Political, Legal, Constitutional, Economic, Cultural, Military, International, Strategic, & Geopolitical Issues

Website of Dr. Almon Leroy Way, Jr.

Government, Politics, Public Policy, Legal Issues, Constitutional Law, Government & the Economy, Cultural Values, Foreign Affairs, International Relations, Military Defense & National Security, Geopolitics, Terrorism & Homeland Security, American National Interests, Political Systems & Processes, Political Institutions, Political Ideologies, & Political Philosophy