Lebanon: Don’t mess with the “Axis of the Resistance”.

Omar Fakhoury with President Trump.

Trump with Amer al-Fakhoury, known as the “Butcher of Kiyam”, the pro-Israel concentration detention camp established in the south of Lebanon during the 1982 Israeli invasion.

By Elijah J. Magnier:  @ejmalrai

Antoine Hayek, the former jailer of the Israeli-established Kiyam detention and concentration camp in Lebanon, was found dead in his store in Miyu-Miyeh, east of Sidon in the south of Lebanon, with two bullets in his head. There were no indications who was behind this assassination. His death came on the heels of the decision by Lebanese authorities to exert pressure on the head of the military court to release Israeli collaborator Amer al-Fakhoury.  Al-Fahkoury was then delivered to the US embassy and smuggled out of the country. The implicit message seems obvious: if the Lebanese authorities want to deal with former Israeli collaborators in this way, other Israeli collaborators will pay the price. Targets are many and vulnerable. So who could be behind the assassination?

US plane which illegally smuggled Amer al-Fakhoury from the US embassy in Beirut.

Antoine Hayek (58-year-old) was born east of Sidon and joined the Lebanese Police at the age of 20. He retired with the grade of Chief Warrant Officer and opened a small grocery in the same area. During the 1982 Israeli occupation of Lebanon, he followed Amer al-Fakhoury and worked under his command at the Kiyam detention camp. Hayek was accused of throwing a bomb inside a cell during the prisoners’ uprising of the 25thof November 1989, killing two members of the resistance: Bilal al-Samman and Ibrahim Abou al-Iz. Hayek was also nicknamed “Voltage 66” for his hobby of torturing prisoners with high electric voltage in sensitive parts of the body. The pro-Israeli officer had a record of preventing the Red Cross and humanitarian NGOs from visiting prisoners–who never faced trial and were all under detention for resisting the Israeli occupation of Lebanon. In 2001, a year after the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, Hayek surrendered to Lebanese authorities. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Photo of Amer al-Fakhoury, the butcher of Kiyam, during a demonstration by relatives of young men killed and tortured by him during the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon.

In 2006, Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement signed a memorandum of understanding whereby both parties agreed (article 6) to ease the return of Lebanese collaborators with Israel. So why was Hayek, a Christian collaborator with Israel, assassinated?

The release of Amer Fakhoury was a serious breach of the 2006 memorandum agreement. If those who want to protect Christians who collaborated with Israel had respected the agreement, they would not have pushed Commander of the Armed Forces Joseph Aoun to release Fakhoury. Aoun did everything in his power to corner the head of the military court, General Hussein al-Abdallah, and obtain the release of Fakhoury. Abdallah is also to blame for succumbing to pressure. He could have resigned, but instead, he yielded to the Army chief’s wishes and ordered Fakhoury’s release. General Abdallah wants to retire abroad. He was thus vulnerable to coercion by the US embassy, who threatened to add him to the US list of terrorists. 

General Abdallah, a Shia, deferred to his commanding officer’s wishes, even though the military court enjoys immunity. Abdallah was nominated by the Speaker Nabih Berri, who is capable of protecting him. 

Lebanese Army patrolling the streets of Beirut c carrying US donated M4 riffles.

The Lebanese Army is afraid of losing US military assistance. But looking closely at US support, we might wonder why the Lebanese Army needs to carry an M4 carabine (short and light NATO assault rifle) and not the usual M16 rifle, comparable to the Ak-47 Kalashnikov that Lebanese warehouses are full of. The Lebanese Army maintains domestic checkpoints and doesn’t need a variety of light weapons. Furthermore, when the US offered a dozen Hellfire missiles to help the Lebanese Army fight al-Qaeda, the US military attaché imposed a rule that no missile would be fired without foreknowledge of his office. The US military officer refused a request to target and eliminate Abu Malik al-Tal, the al-Qaeda Emir in Arsal – because he was fighting against Hezbollah. US aid seems more oriented to the destruction of Lebanese sovereignty than to the defeat of Takfiri jihadists. 

It is not possible to build a resistant society in Lebanon when many politicians are pro-American and subservient to the US’s will and dominance. It is unacceptable for any Lebanese official to have allowed the US embassy to violate the Lebanese court order by illegally smuggling Amer al-Fakhoury out of the country.

Antoine Hayek during a reception by the Leader of the “Lebanese Forces” Samir Geagea, known for his close relationship with Israel in the 80s.

US military support to the Lebanese Army is delivered free of charge but it is costly and ill-adapted to the Army’s real need. The military training the US offers Lebanese officers is a prestige course designed to recruit officers and offer them financial benefits; it is not training they can use to defend the country. Lebanon is not allowed to stand up to Israel and its officers lack the military capacity to oppose the Israeli army. In any case, Lebanon is not allowed to fight Israel and the Army is not permitted to receive any game-changing weapons which would represent a danger for the continuous Israeli violations of Lebanese territory, by sea, land, and air.

What did the US do to support Lebanon that would lead its politicians to abide by its demands? Did the US offer any financial aid during the Lebanese economic crisis? Or any help in fighting the Coronavirus? All the US does is impose more sanctions on the Lebanese, and threaten to add more Lebanese to its list of terrorists. As far as the “Axis of the Resistance” is concerned, all its key members are on the US list, and this American administration certainly won’t leave office before adding many more Lebanese to the list, including many unconnected to Hezbollah. In this context, why should Joseph Aoun, Commander of the Army, respond to US whim and fancies?

The body of Antoine Hayek found in his shop assassinated in Miyu-Miye area, north of Sidon (Lebanon).

Many Lebanese have no sense of loyalty to the country, and foreign forces control many Lebanese politicians. Hezbollah may have made a serious mistake in not capitalising on its victories over Israel, ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria and Iraq. These victories could have been leverage for serious political change, marginalizing pro-US players in Lebanon. 

In Lebanon, the Axis of Resistance no longer calls its political enemies “opponents” but “enemies”. The Lebanese constitution should be re-written so that every community is represented in accordance with its actual size. Otherwise, it will be impossible to shape a society of resistance, and the US will continue to exert dominance over many Lebanese.

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9 thoughts on “Lebanon: Don’t mess with the “Axis of the Resistance”.

  1. Elijah I love readying your articles!
    The retaliatory action taken to eliminate Antoine Hayek was to sent a message to the rogue US regime and its lackeys within the region and beyond; a bold move.
    A message was also send to the Axis of Resistance! The time to make life very difficult and costly for those illegally occupying the region.
    The same type of actions might be taken in Iraq; the removal of the president and/or the new DoD pawn has become a priority of the Axis of Resistance.
    I wonder what Sardar Gha Ani (سردار قاآنی) and the Axis of Resistance have in store for the Terrorists (US/NATO) illegally occupying Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon?
    Will his connections in Afghanistan come in handing once more?! It was interesting to see the downed plane in Afghanistan, which was the mobile CIA command for Michael D’ Andrea, head of operations against Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.

    Will Pompeo be next?! Or is it too early?

    P.S. “Mike Pompeo had a slip of the tongue while addressing the American people from the White House when he stated that COVID-19 is a live military exercise.”

  2. Thanks for such an enlightening article.

    I was taken by surprise when I heard criminal bastard Amer Al-Fakhoury had been, as Mr. Magnier appropriately termed it, “smuggled” out of Lebanon. It all happened so fast behind the smokescreen of COVID-19, it was marginal-to-no news to the MSM, which manage to cover it all up while fearmongering with the latest Weapon of Mass Delusion.

    The honor killing of Antoine Hayek was to save the less than dishonorable stain on Lebanon’s sovereignty, Lebanon’s army, and Lebanon’s basic decency. War criminal Al-Fakhoury has to have friends in high places to be able to manipulate and twist Lebanon’s justice system, army, and state to get him out of prison, and be “smuggled” out in plain sight of the Lebanese people. No doubt bastard child Israel used its influence on puppet Trump and the US “Deep State” for this operation, Al-Fakhoury has to be a valuable asset for the Mossad/CIA unholy alliance.

    Mr. Magnier informed us about the penetration of the US in the Lebanese “army” of toy soldiers, and the control the US exerts at different levels inside the Lebanese government. Hezbollah is not in an easy position, having to watch its back from internal enemies, i.e. the Lebanese army and state, while keeping their eyes on the bastard child to the south. We always wonder why, until recently, Israeli planes were able to target Syria from Lebanon airspace, violating Lebanon’s sovereignty at whim, even after Russia offered to supply them with state-of-the-art AA weaponry. Now we know, Lebanon is a subservient state to the US, and by extension to Israel.

    The Lebanese “army” pretensions of confronting Israel, are no more than that. The “army” is a paper tiger, and without Hezbollah, Israel’s invasion and occupation of Lebanon would be a walk in the park.

    Lone Wolf

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