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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Crack Appears in the Syrian-Iranian Axis

An "unknown" organization is threatening violence if Iran's president, Ahmadinejad, goes ahead with his scheduled visit to Lebanon. As reported by Haaretz:

"A previously unknown group threatened action Monday during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's planned visit to Lebanon this week, local media reported.

A statement by a group calling itself the Abdaullah Azzam Brigades warned: 'The whole of Lebanon will tremble and its ground will quake if Ahmadinejad steps foot on it.'

'We will do the impossible to thwart this' the statement added.

Ahmadinejad is due to pay an official two-day visit to Lebanon on Wednesday and Thursday, during which he will hold talks with Lebanese officials and tour areas near the border with Israel.

The visit of the Iranian leader coincides with threats by Hezbollah of a fresh round of violence in Lebanon stemming from the UN tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri.

That threat comes after reports indicated that the tribunal planned to indict Hezbollah members in the bombing attack."

The "Abdaullah Azzam Brigades" is indeed an unknown organization, given that it is also a figment of the imagination of Syrian President Assad.

The problem involving Lebanon, which is fast becoming the powder keg of the Twenty-First Century, is that both Iran and Syria perceive the country as part of their spheres of interest. Cordial to Iranian efforts to gain Middle East hegemony until now, Syria will not permit Iran to claim property rights over Lebanon, which has long been viewed by Assad and his father as belonging to Greater Syria.

Meanwhile, with the results of the UN tribunal's Hariri murder investigation expected soon, it will be interesting to see if Hezbollah will cause provocations on the Lebanese border with Israel in order to distract the Arab street.

Never a dull moment.


  1. "Lebanon is the school of resistance and perseverance against the bullying forces of the world, and is like a university for jihad, for adventure in the way of the noble, human causes," Ahmadinejad said while calling for a united Islamic world. [as reported by Al Jazeera]

    what a world, what a world...


  2. Hi, Jeffrey

    You almost never write anything about what is happening inside Israel. It would be very inetersting to see your perspective. What do you think about the loyalty oath? How do you like what Lieberman says recently?