Two helicopters landed yesterday in Lebanon carrying arms for the Lebanese Forces, an extremist right-wing Christian militia which carried out some of the worst atrocities of the Civil War.
Yesterday’s shipments arrived from Jordan (Eastern Israel).
During the Israeli war on Lebanon last month, Israel destroyed the Lebanese Army’s coastal radar system (killing dozens of Lebanese soldiers in the process, at an Army base in Tripoli). There was speculation that they did that to allow them to bring in arms for the Lebanese Forces, without the Lebanese Government seeing.
It certainly answers the question, why would Israel attack Tripoli. The northern Sunni city was not involved in the war, and a Lebanese Army seems like a strange target – they didn’t fire a single shot against the Israelis. In fact, they were ordered not to.
The Lebanese Forces, we know according to BBC sources, had been stockpiling arms even during Syria’s time in Lebanon. Their leader Samir Ja’ja was in prison for murder, but released by Hariri days after Syria left. His TV channel LBC airs some of the worst sectarian incitement, and employs no-one but Christians.
Our fear of Jumblatt may be greatest because of his sharp words, but this suggests that our fear of Ja’ja should be stronger.