Geagea: How can Christians benefit from restoring Syria’s hegemony over Lebanon

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Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said on Friday that the newly-formed cabinet does not serve the interest of Lebanese Christians.

“Granting a Christian figure a certain portfolio does not mean that this is in the interest of Christians,” said a statement issued by Geagea’s office adding ” the ministers will not serve their portfolios and sect, but only those who appointed them”, in reference to Hezbollah.

Most of the Christian ministers in the new cabinet represent MP Michel Aoun, a close ally of Hezbollah

Claiming that the Christians were granted many important portfolios is an attempt to cover up the fact that the loyalty of the ministers will not be to the Christians but to those who put them in these position . A clear reference to Hezbollah.

Addressing a visiting delegation at his residence he said :

“How could confronting the international community, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the Arab countries benefit the Christians? Where is the interest of the Christians in protecting the illegitimate Lebanese and Palestinian arms?” Geagea asked in reference to the arms of Hezbollah and the Palestinian militants that are backed by Syria

He added: “How can the Christians benefit from restoring Syria’s hegemony over Lebanon?”

The LF leader also said that during the tenure of former President Emile Lahoud, the Christians were also granted important portfolios but the Christians did not benefit . “This was the worst period on the Christians in Lebanon,” he added.

Geagea concluded:

“The government should be described as the cabinet of others’ interests and nothing else.” In reference to Hezbollah and its backers, Iran and Syria

Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced the formation of the new Lebanese cabine on Monday after almost five months of deliberations within the March 8 parties.

The Iranian- and Syrian backed Hezbollah brought down PM Saad Hariri’s government on January 12 over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s (STL) imminent indictment which is widely expected to implicate Hezbollah members and possibly Syria, in the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri in 2005

Mikati was appointed in January as the PM designate with the backing of the Hezbollah March 8 alliance and MPs Walid Jumblatt and Mohammad Safadi . March 14 leaders have repeatedly said that intimidation from Hezbollah’s weapons helped secure the parliamentary majority for Mikati’s nomination and refused to join the government.

Jumblatt and his PSP parliament members reportedly switched allegiance to Hezbollah’s PM candidate, following threats by Hezbollah.

Jumblatt, Mikati and Safadi were all elected on March 14 electoral tickets during the 2009 parliamentary elections.

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42 responses to “Geagea: How can Christians benefit from restoring Syria’s hegemony over Lebanon”

  1. kareemthehippy Avatar
    kareemthehippy

    Geagea, the question is how can LEBANESE people benefit from restoring Syria’s hegemony over Lebanon… 

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    Anonymous

    Geagea, the question is how can LEBANESE people benefit from restoring Syria’s hegemony over Lebanon… 

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      Anonymous

      Easy. Any M8 supporter can put together a long list of benefits from restoring syrias hegemony over Lebanon.

  3. josephphdman Avatar
    josephphdman

    dear geogea:
    this cabinet not only doe,st serve the christians interresset but also  all lebaneese interrerrest ,and the lebaneese state ,the reason is it is illegal and illegitimate, and it was formed illegally , the legal majority are march,14 who ere elected by the people of lebanon ,are the party who  have the right to form cabinet; junblat was elected because he was part of march 14;  so he could not use his seat  to back up march 8, because that is considered cheating  the voters and lebaneese people ,so the whole new majority march 8 is a scam and fraud . and cheating the lebaneese people, the lebaneese people shall stand up to this and do not allow any politicians  to cheat them and fraud the lebaneee people , this cabinet should be declared null and void , and the right cabinet for the lebaneese people should be restored

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    Anonymous

    dear geogea:
    this cabinet not only doe,st serve the christians interresset but also  all lebaneese interrerrest ,and the lebaneese state ,the reason is it is illegal and illegitimate, and it was formed illegally , the legal majority are march,14 who ere elected by the people of lebanon ,are the party who  have the right to form cabinet; junblat was elected because he was part of march 14;  so he could use his seat  to back up march 8, because that is considered cheating  the voters and lebaneese people ,so the whole new majority march 8 is a scam and fraud . and cheating the lebaneese people, the lebaneese people shall stand up to this and do not allow any politicians  to cheat them and fraud the lebaneee people , this cabinet should be declared null and void , and the right cabinet for the lebaneese people should be restored

  5. Beiruti Avatar

    At least this man has decency to care about the last of Christians in the middle east, other than the Copts in Egypt.
    You never hear Aoun saying this stuff, because he doesnt care about the Christians he cares about his pocket.

    The Christians are almost extinct in the Middle East, and deprived from their rights everywhere except Lebanon. Theyre spit on in Egypt, killed in Iraq, in Syria theyre fine but who knows for how long.

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    Anonymous

    At least this man has decency to care about the last of Christians in the middle east, other than the Copts in Egypt.
    You never hear Aoun saying this stuff, because he doesnt care about the Christians he cares about his pocket.

    The Christians are almost extinct in the Middle East, and deprived from their rights everywhere except Lebanon. Theyre spit on in Egypt, killed in Iraq, in Syria theyre fine but who knows for how long.

  7. Beiruti Avatar

    From 1990-2005 the Syrian soldiers treated us Christians like shit, i was humiliated many times at checkpoints and in genereal. If it wasnt for this stupid dog Aouns “War of Liberation” Syria wouldnt have been so involved in our country like now. Almost all the LF militiamen were captured and taken to Syria or jailed in Lebanon or matter of fact killed, while members of other militias had a free ride. I just find it extremely filthy how Aoun declared war on Syria, and now hes  sucking on Assads dick, and how Hezbollah also faught Syria and sucking really hard on Assads dick also, Hezbollahs very dirty they are killing Syrians in Syria many defecting soldiers said that Hezbollah militiamen were shooting at people. Now im going to get hundreds of millions of responses saying GEAGEA IS A CRIMINAL GEAGEA IS A CRIMINAL, March 8 supporters your telling me NASRALLAH is not a criminal right now? For sending militiamen to kill innocent Syrians. Aoun is not a criminal? For causing the removal of all Beirut and the death of many Lebanese soldiers who were mainly Christian at the time. Lebanon in the future should treat Iran and Syria the same way as Israel because all has fucked up our country.

    1. eblashko Avatar
      eblashko

       The only difference is that Israel wouldn’t gain anything by using Lebanon to attack Iran the same way Iran gains everything from turning Lebanon into their personal launching pad for attacks into Israel. (aka. turn Lebanon into a 2nd Gaza).

    2. 316909 Avatar

      The men fighting for Aoun were 60% Sunni not christian. Thats why most of the men in jail in syria are from Akar witch is mainly Sunni. The entire country was treated like shit and it didnt matter who you were or where you lived (unless you were shia and belong to HA, Amal, SSNP and a few other groups) I was stopped once and almost jailed because I was smiling when I reached a check point. this was in 93 or 94 i think and I was in west Beirut. I was 15 and visiting Lebanon. Trust me the only reason  you say Christians got the bad end of the deal is because youre probably christian and live in a christian area. a few years after the war ended a great man came to Lebanon and saved the Sunni and his name is Harriri Sr. He tried to save the Christians but the trust the Christians had in the system had been lost and was not allowed to by Syria. Had the Kataib and LF joined him from the beginning he would have simply paid the Syrians off and shut them up. Gaega had accepted the Taif accord then refused to be part of the government so they shut him up by putting him in jail for 11 years. East Beirut had to deal with the Syrians from 1990 to 2005 while west Beirut had to deal with the Palestinians since 1947, the Syrians Since 1975, The Israli Army 1982 all the way until 2005.

      Dont get me wrong man. Im from east Beirut (Sin AL Fil) and I have a Muslim father and Christian mother so I know a little more than most people do because I spent time in both sides during the war.

      It was the Christians who asked the Syrians to come into Lebanon to begin with to help crush the Palestinians. Then the Christians asked the Israeli Army to come help them crush the Syrians and remaining Palestinians. The same Christians went to meet Abid Al Nasser and allowed the Palestinians to come fight from Lebanon while the President claimed he didnt have time to read the agreement Egypt had given him and had to sign it without reading it. Egypt claims Arafat paid him 5000LL for each fighter he allowed into Lebanon (5000LL was like $50,000 today).

      Aoun who is a Christian but was backed by 90% of the sunni and had 20,000 Sunni men fighting for him out of his 33,000 men. He started the war with Syria in 1988 and allowed them into east Beirut. They wanted to negotiate and were trying to avoid a war. He left his men and went to the french embassy then ordered them to surrender and they refused. Fighting continued for 4 days after Aoun left until the mainly Sunni troops around the presidential palace ran out of Ammo. They had not had a meal in 3 days and ran out of water 48 hours before and did not surrender. 150 officers were lined up against the walls of the palace and shot dead. Had Aoun negotiated they would have allowed him to remain Army Commander and become President but he decided (like the idiot he is) not to talk and to kill thousands of young men then run away like a little bitch. He actually went on TV 24 hours before he left saying he would die with his men while Albert Mansour had arranged for him to go to France a few days before that. He lied to his men until he had a guarantee from france for asylum then left once it was approved in a Army APC with his family so his men wouldn’t know he left (if they saw his cars leaving they would know he left and stop fighting).

      The only reason we had 2 governments in Lebanon at the time is because west Beirut was under Occupation and lots of other Sunni, Druz and some Shia troops were not allowed to cross into east beirut since west Beirut was mixed Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Druz the entire time and some of these men lived in west Beirut. Even Christians troops were trapped and not allowed back into the east to report for duty. Some were able to cross later on but lots were shot dead by the Syrian Army. They would go around areas picking up all Lebanese Army troops not loyal to Amal and HA and put them in jail.

      The truth is at this point all politicians in Lebanon are dirty and its up to us to put a new party together and take our country back. All we do is point fingers and we should be doing more.

      1. Beiruti Avatar

        Yeah i agree with everything, got the facts wrong about the soldiers but many sources tell different things, did anyone really take a census of the army at that time lol. Lebanon didnt have an official census since 1932. I know everything which you wrote about, Aoun should be dead with those soldiers, what a coward!

        1. 316909 Avatar

          Aoun said it (the sunni troops) in a interview. he didnt mention running away. he said 6 of his 11 divisions we sunni. and so were the presidential guards and most of his infinity units. you should watch a documentary called “the war of lebanon” lots of details come out in it. was never aired in the west or lebanon only aljazeera aired it on satellite tv. My father was a army officer before he left to the u.s and fought with aoun even while his family was in america so i also trust my dad who got shot twice and had to sleep in a ditch hiding under his 2 killed friends for 3 nights before escaping and leaving with a fake passport from lebanon. And yes my dad is sunni and I have a lot of respect for the sunni because they never had a mailitia other than the morabitoon witch was sunni and christian and was eliminated by syria. I also loved Aoun until a few years ago and so did most of my family the christian side and muslim side. My 2 cousins (christian side) also fought with Aoun and had to go into self imposed exile to Germany.

      2. Beiruti Avatar

        You didnt have to deal with the Palestinians since 1947, most people in West Beirut supported them against the Christians. Just one thing i dont agree about what you wrote, not the less have a great day bud.

        1. 316909 Avatar

          the only problem is the christian government we had allowed them. at the time the president had all the power and he allowed them into lebanon against the wishes of most of Parliament. They warned him about it before he left to meet in egypt and is excuse when he came back was nasser lied to him and he never read the agreement because he didnt have time to. Proof has since shown that it was mailed to him 1 month before he signed it and he was paid for each fighter he allowed into Lebanon. Then they sold it to the entire country as a good thing and the entire nation supported them. Who wouldn’t? They were like Che Guevara. The head of the PLO in Lebanon Salami was married to Miss.Universe for gods sake and she was a christian from Lebanon. The entire country supported them. The kataib would have been wiped out had the syrians not stepped in and helped them. If Syria didnt help the Kataib the war would have lasted 2 years and ended, but the truth is Lebanon would still be under Palestinian occupation and in a world of shit now. West beirut did have to deal with them after they settled in an showed what they were really about. they treated people like shit in all west beirut to the south. The president allowed them to settle in Muslim Areas and the south hoping to create a Christian Nation in East Lebanon then they decided west beirut was too small and Israel was too strong so why not take Lebanon and make it Palestine. Would also like to remind you that during the civil war in Lebanon around 40% of the people fighting against the kataib with the plo were Lebanese christians. thats 40% of the men fighting and probably around 50% to 70% of chrisitans supported the until the end morally. the kataib, marada and chamouns people were about 40% of the christians only and the rest were always against thats why the west side of beirut remained mixed while the east was not. the christian massacres in the chouf area were ordered by gorge hawi a christian communist allied with kamal jamblat commanding 15000 christian troops….

      3. Beiruti Avatar

        You didnt have to deal with the Palestinians since 1947, most people in West Beirut supported them against the Christians. Just one thing i dont agree about what you wrote, not the less have a great day bud.

      4. Beiruti Avatar

        No doubt Kataeb would have been wiped out already by 1976,  40,000 Christians died at the hands of the PLO.

        1. 316909 Avatar

          yes but the point I was trying to make is that the plo had a lot of
          Christians fighting with them against other christians. the war in Lebanon was never Muslims
          against Christians. it was a % of the Christians against Muslims,
          Christians, Druz and the Palestinians. Even Kataib had Muslims helping the (the syrians) Later it turned into a free for all and basically every religion was allied with another religion then they would all fight. muslim vs muslim (amal & HA) Christian vs Christian (LF vs Marada and LF vs Army) Christians and Muslims never really fought after Israel left and beirut was split. The Druz did fight the Army in Sawfar and lost but the Christians and Muslims never really slugged it out. Christians and Druz also fought but the druz had a lot of christian allies in the ssnp and communist parties who were actually fighting with them against the Christians and took part in the shouf massacres.

      5. Beiruti Avatar

        And thats the disgusting part how we gave the Palestinians a land out of good heart, and they spit on us. I remember in 1982 when Israel invaded the Shiites and Sunnis of the south threw flowers at the Israelis, after how the PLO savaged their life.

        1. 316909 Avatar

          I think the entire country was happy israel was going to get rid of them but then sharon decided to keep advancing to beirut and thats when they decided to fight back. the deal was israel advance to the litani and the syrians clear beirut. Israel (sharon mainly) decided to play supper power and wanted to keep going. Beirut and lebanon as a whole are the only arab capitol and country that Israel occupied and left from without a peace deal. 

        2. kareemthehippy Avatar
          kareemthehippy

          Good heart? The Kataeb (notice how I say teh Kataeb and not the Christians) wanted them out ALWAYS. Good heart? They were in refugee camps without basic rights to start a decent life. 

        3. 316909 Avatar

          Mr.Hippy, The war started once the Palestinians decided the camps were too small and wanted to take over Lebanon. they came to Lebanon in 1947 and the entire country welcomed them then once they started bringing in PLO fighters from Tunis the war started and that was like 30 years later.

        4. kareemthehippy Avatar
          kareemthehippy

          @316909:disqus  Please, call me Kareem. I’m not denying the Palestinians took advantage of us welcoming them in Lebanon, and that they had militias that were essential in the eruption of the civil war (which in my opinion never ended).

      6. Beiruti Avatar

        And thats the disgusting part how we gave the Palestinians a land out of good heart, and they spit on us. I remember in 1982 when Israel invaded the Shiites and Sunnis of the south threw flowers at the Israelis, after how the PLO savaged their life.

        1. 316909 Avatar

          I think the entire country was happy israel was going to get rid of them but then sharon decided to keep advancing to beirut and thats when they decided to fight back. the deal was israel advance to the litani and the syrians clear beirut. Israel (sharon mainly) decided to play supper power and wanted to keep going. Beirut and lebanon as a whole are the only arab capitol and country that Israel occupied and left from without a peace deal. 

        2. kareemthehippy Avatar
          kareemthehippy

          @316909:disqus  Please, call me Kareem. I’m not denying the Palestinians took advantage of us welcoming them in Lebanon, and that they had militias that were essential in the eruption of the civil war (which in my opinion never ended).

  8.  Avatar
    Anonymous

    From 1990-2005 the Syrian soldiers treated us Christians like shit, i was humiliated many times at checkpoints and in genereal. If it wasnt for this stupid dog Aouns “War of Liberation” Syria wouldnt have been so involved in our country like now. Almost all the LF militiamen were captured and taken to Syria or jailed in Lebanon or matter of fact killed, while members of other militias had a free ride. I just find it extremely filthy how Aoun declared war on Syria, and now hes  sucking on Assads dick, and how Hezbollah also faught Syria and sucking really hard on Assads dick also, Hezbollahs very dirty they are killing Syrians in Syria many defecting soldiers said that Hezbollah militiamen were shooting at people. Now im going to get hundreds of millions of responses saying GEAGEA IS A CRIMINAL GEAGEA IS A CRIMINAL, March 8 supporters your telling me NASRALLAH is not a criminal right now? For sending militiamen to kill innocent Syrians. Aoun is not a criminal? For causing the removal of all Beirut and the death of many Lebanese soldiers who were mainly Christian at the time. Lebanon in the future should treat Iran and Syria the same way as Israel because all has fucked up our country.

    1.  Avatar
      Anonymous

       The only difference is that Israel wouldn’t gain anything by using Lebanon to attack Iran the same way Iran gains everything from turning Lebanon into their personal launching pad for attacks into Israel. (aka. turn Lebanon into a 2nd Gaza).

    2.  Avatar
      Anonymous

      The men fighting for Aoun were 60% Sunni not christian. Thats why most of the men in jail in syria are from Akar witch is mainly Sunni. The entire country was treated like shit and it didnt matter who you were or where you lived (unless you were shia and belong to HA, Amal, SSNP and a few other groups) I was stopped once and almost jailed because I was smiling when I reached a check point. this was in 93 or 94 i think and I was in west Beirut. I was 15 and visiting Lebanon. Trust me the only reason  you say Christians got the bad end of the deal is because youre probably christian and live in a christian area. a few years after the war ended a great man came to Lebanon and saved the Sunni and his name is Harriri Sr. He tried to save the Christians but the trust the Christians had in the system had been lost and was not allowed to by Syria. Had the Kataib and LF joined him from the beginning he would have simply paid the Syrians off and shut them up. Gaega had accepted the Taif accord then refused to be part of the government so they shut him up by putting him in jail for 11 years. East Beirut had to deal with the Syrians from 1990 to 2005 while east Beirut had to deal with the Palestinians since 1947, the Syrians Since 1975, The Israli Army 1982 all the way until 2005.

      Dont get me wrong man. Im from east Beirut (Sin AL Fil) and I have a Muslim father and Christian mother so I know a little more than most people do because I spent time in both sides during the war.

      It was the Christians who asked the Syrians to come into Lebanon to begin with to help crush the Palestinians. Then the Christians asked the Israeli Army to come help them crush the Syrians and remaining Palestinians. The same Christians went to meed Abid Al Nasser and allowed the Palestinians to come fight from Lebanon while the President claimed he didnt have time to read the agreement Egypt had given him and had to sign it without reading it. Egypt claims arafat paid him 5000LL for each fighter he allowed into Lebanon (5000LL was like $50,000 today).

      Aoun who is a Christian but was backed by 90% of the sunni and had 20,000 Sunni men fighting for him started the was with Syria in 1988 and allowed them in.

      The only reason we had 2 governments in Lebanon at the time is because west Beirut was under Occupation and lots of other Sunni, Druz and some Shia troops were not allowed to cross into east beirut since west Beirut was mixed Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Druz the entire time and some of these men lived in west Beirut. Even Christians troops were trapped and not allowed back into the east to report for duty. Some were able to cross later on but lots were shot dead by the Syrian Army. They would go around areas picking up all Lebanese Army troops not loyal to Amal and HA and put them in jail.

      The truth is at this point all politicians in Lebanon are dirty and its up to us to put a new party together and take our country back. All we do is point fingers and we should be doing more.

      1.  Avatar
        Anonymous

        Yeah i agree with everything, got the facts wrong about the soldiers but many sources tell different things, did anyone really take a census of the army at that time lol. Lebanon didnt have an official census since 1932. I know everything which you wrote about, Aoun should be dead with those soldiers, what a coward!

        1.  Avatar
          Anonymous

          Aoun said it (the sunni troops) in a interview. he didnt mention running away. he said 6 of his 11 divisions we sunni. and so were the presidential guards and most of his infinity units. you should watch a documentary called “the war of lebanon” lots of details come out in it. was never aired in the west or lebanon only aljazeera aired it on satellite tv. My father was a army officer before he left to the u.s and fought with aoun even while his family was in america so i also trust my dad who got shot twice and had to sleep in a ditch hiding under his 2 killed friends for 3 nights before escaping and leaving with a fake passport from lebanon.

      2.  Avatar
        Anonymous

        You didnt have to deal with the Palestinians since 1947, most people in West Beirut supported them against the Christians.

        1.  Avatar
          Anonymous

          the only problem is the christian government we had allowed them. at the time the president had all the power and he allowed them into lebanon against the wishes of most of Parliament. They warned him about it before he left to meet in egypt and is excuse when he came back was nasser lied to him and he never read the agreement because he didnt have time to. Proof has since shown that it was mailed to him 1 month before he signed it and he was paid for each fighter he allowed into Lebanon. Then they sold it to the entire country as a good thing and the entire nation supported them. Who wouldn’t? They were like Che Guevara. The head of the PLO in Lebanon Salami was married to Miss.Universe for gods sake and she was a christian from Lebanon. The entire country supported them. The kataib would have been wiped out had the syrians not stepped in and helped them. If Syria didnt help the Kataib the war would have lasted 2 years and ended, but the truth is Lebanon would still be under Palestinian occupation and in a world of shit now. West beirut did have to deal with them after they settled in an showed what they were really about. they treated people like shit in all west beirut to the south. The president allowed them to settle in Muslim Areas and the south hoping to create a Christian Nation in East Lebanon then they decided west beirut was too small and Israel was too stron so why not take the entire country.

      3.  Avatar
        Anonymous

        No doubt Kataeb would have been wiped out already by 1976,  40,000 Christians died at the hands of the PLO.

        1.  Avatar
          Anonymous

          yes but the point I was trying to make is that the plo had a lot of
          Christians fighting with them against other christians. the war in Lebanon was never Muslims
          against Christians. it was a % of the Christians against Muslims,
          Christians, Druz and the Palestinians. Even Kataib had Muslims helping the (the syrians) Later it turned into a free for all and basically every religion was allied with another religion then they would all fight. muslim vs muslim (amal & HA) Christian vs Christian (LF vs Marada and LF vs Army) Christians and Muslims never really fought after Israel left and beirut was split. The Druz did fight the Army in Sawfar and lost but the Christians and Muslims never really slugged it out. Christians and Druz also fought but the druz had a lot of christian allies in the ssnp and communist parties who were actually fighting with them against the Christians and took part in the shouf massacres.

      4.  Avatar
        Anonymous

        And thats the disgusting part how we gave the Palestinians a land out of good heart, and they spit on us. I remember in 1982 when Israel invaded the Shiites and Sunnis of the south threw flowers at the Israelis, after how the PLO savaged their life.

        1.  Avatar
          Anonymous

          I think the entire country was happy israel was going to get rid of them but then sharon decided to keep advancing to beirut and thats when they decided to fight back. the deal was israel advance to the litani and the syrians clear beirut. Israel (sharon mainly) decided to play supper power and wanted to keep going. Beirut and lebanon as a whole are the only arab capitol and country that Israel occupied and left from without a peace deal. 

        2.  Avatar
          Anonymous

          I think the entire country was happy israel was going to get rid of them but then sharon decided to keep advancing to beirut and thats when they decided to fight back. the deal was israel advance to the litani and the syrians clear beirut. Israel (sharon mainly) decided to play supper power and wanted to keep going. Beirut and lebanon as a whole are the only arab capitol and country that Israel occupied and left from without a peace deal. 

        3.  Avatar
          Anonymous

          Good heart? The Kataeb (notice how I say teh Kataeb and not the Christians) wanted them out ALWAYS. Good heart? They were in refugee camps without basic rights to start a decent life. 

        4.  Avatar
          Anonymous

          Mr.Hippy, The war started once the Palestinians decided the camps were too small and wanted to take over Lebanon. they came to Lebanon in 1947 and the entire country welcomed them then once they started bringing in PLO fighters from Tunis the war started and that was like 30 years later.

        5.  Avatar
          Anonymous

          @316909:disqus  Please, call me Kareem. I’m not denying the Palestinians took advantage of us welcoming them in Lebanon, and that they had militias that were essential in the eruption of the civil war (which in my opinion never ended).

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