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Hezbollah’s arms and the 2nd amendment to the US constitution



Franklin Lamb

Graphics by Alex
From this observer’s experience in Lebanon there is only one cosmic-like event that is nearly as predicable from Ramlet al Baida beach in Beirut, near Shatila Palestinian refugee camp, than the sun coming up like thunder out of Syria across the eastern Bekaa Valley every morning. And that might be the regularity of the on-cue from Washington, Riyadh, Doha, and Tel Aviv cacophonous chorus that very frequently these days wafts throughout this country and region: “Hezbollah must give up their weapons!”
As this country begins focused preparation for next year’s parliamentary elections which is predicted by some analysts to quickly develop into the most expensive in Lebanese history in terms of dollars per vote contracted for by some well financed parties, the Future Movement-led March 14 coalition and their international backers are out of the gates early and currently stressing “the urgent need to disarm Hezbollah in order to deprive Israel of a pretext to attack Lebanon.” With convincingly sincerity, their leaders intone:

“The Israelis are planning to justify aggression against Lebanon, and given Israeli attempts to hold Hezbollah and Iran responsible for the Bulgaria attack at the Black Sea airport of Burgas in which five Israelis and their Bulgarian driver were killed Hezbollah disarmament is essential,” the press releases from the Mustaqtbal headquarters warn.

These are followed by warnings about Israeli accusations that Hezbollah will likely receive chemical weapons from the Syrian regime that is trying to smuggle them into Lebanon as stated in a just issued statement issued at the end of the March 14th coalition’s weekly meeting.
With respect to the Bulgaria attack, the European Union turned down a request on 7/24/12 by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to blacklist Hezbollah as a terror group following the bombing in Bulgaria. Israel blames Iran and Hezbollah for Wednesday’s suicide attack at the Black Sea airport of Burgas in which five Israelis and their Bulgarian driver died.
“There is no consensus or justification for putting Hezbollah on the list of terrorist organizations,” said Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency. Sitting alongside the Cypriot minister at a news conference held after annual EU-Israel talks, Lieberman said: “The time has come to put Hezbollah on the terrorist list of Europe.”
” But it would give the right signal to the Israeli people”, Lieberman counter-argued during his continuing 10 European country anti-Iran and Hezbollah tour funded unknowingly by American taxpayers.
But to Lieberman’s consternation, Kozakou-Marcoullis patiently explained the EU decision that Hezbollah was an organization comprising a party and was “active in Lebanese politics…Taking into account this and other aspects there is no justification for putting Hezbollah on the list of terrorist organizations,” she said.
Oddly, as though in sync with Lieberman’s timing, the March 14th coalition statement called on the international community to “protect Lebanon from any Israeli attack,” it stressed the need for Hezbollah’s disarmament, arguably the only deterrent that has and will continue to give Israel pause before its likely 6th major aggression against Lebanon, “in order to deprive Israel of the pretext it is using to justify its aggression.”
In its weekly communiqué , the Future Movement continued its silence of how to address Lebanon’s urgent problems which include some of the subjects recently enumerated by Human Rights Watch investigator in Lebanon, Nadim Khoury when he pointed out this month that:
“Lebanon has to realize that it is actually falling behind on so many important measures that need urgent attention and they include women’s rights, protection of vulnerable groups, lack of protection for the elderly, the right to education, increasing inequality, lack of urban planning – you name it.” And the elementary civil right to work and to own a home for Palestinian refugees.
There may well be several states on Earth in worse shape than Lebanon, to paraphrase British journalist Patrick Galey, but the lack of security, crumbling infrastructure, stagnating legislation, wobbling economy, spreading protests and regressing human rights, Lebanese citizens could be forgiven for understanding the need for Hezbollah’s weapons of effective deterrence against Israel given the latter’s history of aggressions against Lebanon.
Some in Lebanon has discussed the similarities between the Hezbollah led Resistance movement based in Lebanon and the New England based American Resistance to British occupation two and one half centuries ago. Included have been forums that examine the similarities between the events at Karbala and in this region and the martyrdom operations of American patriots in 18th century colonial America.
With respect to politically motivated calls for Hezbollah to disarm, one hears some of the very same responses to the suggestions coming from the American Founding Fathers as they crafted a new resistance “open letter” or Constitution which in point of fact are reported to have influenced Hezbollah’s 1985 and 2009 manifestos as did the American Declaration of Independence to some degree.
As though they understood very well the problems facing the Hezbollah led Resistance and would be foreign occupiers, the American framers argued, not as many National Rifle Association lobbyists do that a gun is the right of every citizen for his personal use, but rather that the Resistance needs deterrent weapons to prevent another occupation:

“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” George Mason Co-author of the Second Amendment during Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788

“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …”

Richard Henry Lee writing in Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republic, Letter XVIII, May, 1788.

As passed by the new American Resistance Congress the members framed the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution as follows:
A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
The concept that the state should have a monopoly on all arms within a country has long been foreign to Lebanon. Since the end of the Civil War, non-state militias have maintained and even bolstered weapons stocks, stashed in caches around the country.

Once Lebanon becomes a real nation state and can defend its people against the serial aggressor to its South, no doubt a mechanism for centralizing the deterrent capacity of Lebanon will likely soon follow.
Franklin Lamb
Franklin Lamb is doing research in Lebanon. He is reachable c\o
He is the author of The Price We Pay: A Quarter-Century of Israel’s Use of American Weapons Against Civilians in Lebanon.
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16 Responses to Hezbollah’s arms and the 2nd amendment to the US constitution

  1. Alex July 29, 2012 at 12:25 am #

     Eye on the Enemy: “Israel” to Use Advanced Warning Systems on Lebanese Border

  2. Blake July 29, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    The usurping zionist entity (the real terrorists) occupying Palestine must be livid EU refused to recognize Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation.

  3. Alex July 29, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Vedio: The 33 days war added

  4. Khalid Amayreh July 31, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Hezbullah, in order to restore the respect of the people, it must first end its criminal and murderous embrace of the evil regime in Damascus.

    • Roy Bard July 31, 2012 at 2:44 pm #


      This photo is of a record stuck in a tree!

  5. Khalid Amayreh July 31, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    you just can not sing the hymns of resistance and at the same time decapitate Suuni toddlers in Homs, while shouting “Hussein”!

  6. Alex July 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Nasrallah once said: If treachery is reflected in a man’s form then his name Walid Jumblat.

    Alex would say: If treachery is reflected in a man’s form then his name Khalid Mishaal

  7. Khalid Amayreh July 31, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Khalid Mishal would indeed be treacherous if he were to side with the butcher of Syria against the people of Syria.

    The fact that he has chosen the opposite, underscores his moral fabric.

    It is always better to please God and one’s conscience than appease brutal tyrants.

  8. Khalid Amayreh July 31, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    Hezbullah is a resistance group-turned- murderous sectarian entity.

    May the hands that slaughtered innocent men, women and children in Syria be amputated.

    May the evil ones perish.

    • fool me once... July 31, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

      “The Shiites who slaughter babies abd toddlers in the name of Hussein, need one thing: one bullet in the back of their heads.”
      “May the hands that slaughtered innocent men, women and children in Syria be amputated.”
      You do Muslims a great dis-service talking like this. These are not the words of an enlightened person, they are the words of an earth bound vengeful nincompoop who is weak and confused.
      Maybe it is a phase you are going through and hopefully no-one will be encouraged by your words to carry out such acts.
      Some friendly advice Khalid, maybe restrict yourself to 1 hour per day on the computer whilst on Ramadan, as the lack of nutrition appears to be affecting your judgement.

      • Khalid Amayreh July 31, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

        No, it is not vingfullnes. It is only a human and Muslim duty to satisfy one’s conscience.

        You know killing innocent people, especially children,is a grand crime.

        I am angry because I had always been a strong supporter of Hezbullah. But the news I see on TV and receive from Syria infuriates us.

        These people are blood and flesh and we can not ignore their fate.

        In the final analysis, we Muslims must always be guided by the Quran

  9. Khalid Amayreh July 31, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    This site must not morph into a sectarian propaganda for Iran, Assad and Hezbullah.

    This is not good for deliberation.

    • Roy Bard July 31, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

      I think you might have meant to write:

      “This site must morph into sectarian propaganda for USA, Israel and Khalid

      This is good for deliberation”

      Either way I refer you to objective reporting in Journalism 101

  10. Khalid Amayreh July 31, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    I don’t see propaganda for Israel and America
    here. The only stupid and brazen propaganda here is for Hezbullah, Iran and Bashar Assad, the murderous sectarian hypocrites of our time.

    Peple at deliberaton know better, they are certainly smarter and more educated than allowing themselves to be swayed by spasmodic lies and dishonest claims. This is probably why they pay liitle or no attention to thhe orgy of mendacity we wre being affronted with.

    I refer you to Honesty- 101

    • Roy Bard July 31, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      “I refer you to Honesty- 101”

      If there are USA journalist courses that teach that, they’ve obviously failed.

      I don’t think America or Israel care how you say “Assad is a bad man, Assad is doomed, Assad must go” as long as you say it.

      Altogether now …….

  11. Khalid Amayreh July 31, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    I don’t say what I say in order to please America or anyone else, I say it because truth is a sublime value per se and we must uphold it under al circumstances.