Lebanese Christians want end to armed Palestinian gangs

Monday, January 09, 2012 |  Ryan Jones

A gathering of Maronite Christian bishops in Lebanon last week called for the disarmament of roving Palestinian terrorist groups that, along with homegrown terrorist militias like Hizballah, are making life in the country untenable.

The bishops decried the "fragile" security situation in southern Lebanon, which is largely the result of the unchecked activity of heavily-armed Palestinain groups like the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

Lebanon's previous governemnt had vowed to disarm all unauthorized militias. But it has since been replaced by a puppet government that all but answers to Hizballah, which has no intention of laying down its arms or disarming its Palestinian allies.

The presence of armed Muslim terrorist organizations has often led to persecution and general mistreatment of Lebanon's large Christian population. Sadly, that situation is rarely, if ever, covered by the mainstream international media.

Prior to 1970, Lebanon was considered the jewel of the Middle East, and Beirut was often compared to Paris. In that year, however, things drastically changed when Jordan's King Hussein violently ejected Yasser Arafat's PLO. Arafat chose Lebanon as his new base of operations, and his PLO and all its associated terror groups proceeded to brutalize the Lebanese population and subject the country to decades of unceasing warfare.

While the focus on Palestinian terror has largely shifted to Judea, Samaria and Gaza, groups like the PFLP still maintain a strong presence in Lebanon, and are fully supported there by Hizballah, meaning the situation has changed little for local Christians.

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