Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year to America's Armed Forces

Standing on guard in the cold and darkness somewhere in a remote and dangerous place, there is an American soldier risking his/her life to defend the Constitution of the United States and our right to express ourselves.

To this soldier, "Thank you and Happy New Year."

Indeed, souls depart, wounds heal, pain stops, but the words are said, and quite often outlive those who expressed them, and stay in the conscious of so many, for long, long time.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Who Controls Lebanon? Hezbollah or the Lebanese Government?

Sam Bazzi, counterterrorism activist
Sam Bazzi
By Sam Bazzi

Lebanon is one of the very few countries that includes a state-within-the-state. On the surface, Lebanon has a formal government recognized by the United Nations and other international organizations. In reality, Lebanon is like an ill person who has been possessed by the Jinn (using Islamic parlance): The Lebanese entity has been taken over by something alien and evil and that is Hezbollah.

Hezbollah is the international terrorist organization headquartered in Dahiyeh, Lebanon, but tightly controlled by the Iranian regime in Tehran.

The following factors show that Hezbollah is clearly in control in Lebanon:
  • Hezbollah has the final say in the formation of any Lebanese cabinet
  • Hezbollah controls Lebanon's airport
  • Hezbollah maintains control of its own dock at the Beirut seaport
  • Hezbollah controls border areas between Lebanon and Israel and Lebanon and Syria
  • Hezbollah controls the intelligence branch of the Lebanse Army (thanks to the Assad family's interference in Lebanon)
  • Hezbollah has used might and murder to subdue its opposition
  • Hezbollah invaded Syria without the consent of the Lebanese Parliament, Government or people
  • Hezbollah monopolizes the decision on war and peace with Israel
  • Hezbollah maintains a standing army better armed than the Lebanese Army
  • Hezbollah forcefully ignores the domestic and international demands to hand in suspects in the killing of Rafic Hariri to Special Tribunal for Lebanon
  • Hezbollah controls the foreign policy of Lebanon (currently through Foreign Affairs Minister Adnan Mansour)
In conclusion, the Lebanese state is a shell state within which Hezbollah thrives and hides its own state. Hezbollah is the true power on the ground in Lebanon. Unfortunately, it is hard for the world to treat Lebanon accordingly because the opponents of Hezbollah stand to lose more control once Lebanon is formally declared a failed, pariah and dangerous state.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Non-Muslims Criticizing Islamic Terrorism Is Not Islamophobia

Sam Bazzi, counterterrorism activist
Sam Bazzi
By Sam Bazzi

In our time, there have been several malignant and fatal strains of organized Islam as recognized by the Muslims themselves. For instance, many, if not most, Muslims agree that both al-Qaeda and Hezbollah are destructive international terror organizations. Hence, speaking against them should not be the monopoly of Muslims nor should criticizing these terror entities be labeled "Islamophobia." It is the right and responsibility of every citizen to combat terrorism and maintain world peace.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Anti-Semitism Must Be Eradicated

Sam Bazzi, counterterrorism activist
Sam Bazzi
By Sam Bazzi

I feel very strongly about anti-Semitism because I do recognize from personal experience that anti-Semitism is born out of the womb of fascism. Fascism ends freedom and liberty without discrimination and leads to oppression, wars and suffering. Both anti-Semitism and fascism are inherently evil. Hence, fighting-back anti-Semitism and fascism is the burden of every responsible citizen, regardless of race or chosen creed.