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Patriarch: sectarian militias could lead to Lebanon’s destruction

July 16, 2013

The Patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church is warning that the rise of sectarian militias allied to other nations will destroy Lebanon.

“The Lebanese built their country on the basis of living together, preserving Lebanon against any loyalty to other nations of the East or the West,” said Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï in reference to Lebanon’s 1943 National Pact, which assigned difference political offices to Christians and Muslims. Sectarian militias, he said, are leading to the “law of the jungle and an increase in crime.”

Bishop François Eid explained that the Patriarch was referring to “the Shiite militia of Hezbollah, [which] fell to the side of the Syrian regime, while the Salafis’ militia [has] gone to Syria to fight alongside the rebels. Our country is already immersed in that terrible conflict. And this, for Lebanon, can be devastating.”


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  • Posted by: Defender - Jul. 16, 2013 2:28 PM ET USA

    This was bound to happen as Muslim extremists romp through the region. And the U.S. wants to give them more arms? This is not only incredibly stupid but morally wrong (not that this government knows anything about that).