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Integrating Hizballah Into Lebanese Army

As Lebanon strives for some semblance of unity, perhaps settling eventually simply for the absence of overt sectarian division, one of the hot topics is the disarmament of Nasrallah's Hizballah or, potentially, Hizballah's integration into the Lebanese national armed forces. Regarding the latter option, Omar Raad has written The Hizbollah Solution at Ya Libnan.

Saad refers to his effort as "a politically neutral solution to the Hizbullah dilemma." An excerpt from near the conclusion follows.

One nation, one army

In alignment with the model employed by the Lebanese Army, the new influx of soldiers should be distributed throughout Lebanon to ensure a balanced mix of sectarian membership. Special attention should be given to ensure the proper use of relevant expertise, particularly to soldiers with specialized training, to spread knowledge transfer in other parts of the country.

Hizbullah's troops will be laterally transferred into their respective equivalent positions. Officers will retain their equivalent rank based on the standards defined by the army.

It would be ideal for Lebanon and the region as a whole if this could be peacably achieved and Omar Saad's open contribution to the Lebanese discourse (and others like it, regardless of view) should be applauded.

At the end of the day, unfortunately, Mr. Saad's vision likely has little chance, especially considering the eternally militant and confrontational leadership of Hassan Nasrallah and Hizballah's obligation to their masters, the IRGC and its ruling Iranian regime.

Even if the Iranian regime were to permit such an action, which they clearly will not, the likelihood of the Lebanese Islamists who constitute Hizballah will never surrender their arms nor command to a non-Islamic state guided at their own hand.

For Iran, Hizballah represents too much of an armed front against Israel for the mullahs to allow it to blend into and accept orders from a Lebanese state whose primary interest is not eventual open warfare with and the destruction of the Jewish State of Israel.

Omar Saad's vision may be the ideal solution for Lebanon, but it is unfortunately not in the interests of Iran or their Hizballah foreign policy arm. Reality simply dictates otherwise.

(Note: It has been incredibly nice to watch Ya Libnan develop from a Lebanese Blog at BlogSpot barely one year ago providing Live Updates on the Lebanese Cedar Revolution into a well organized source of Lebanese news and views. Perhaps many have forgotten that it was the Information Revolution that made the Cedar Revolution possible through the flood of information and images, justly creating the worldwide furor that ensued rather than a forgotten 3-minute story on the nightly news, leaving the Lebanese to be forgotten and distanced.

Many cite various MilBlogs, political blogs and media blogs as the center of the blogging aspect of the Information Revolution. But to not cite Ya Libnan as one of the most important and impacting examples of a blog contributing to and shaping world events - and I mean next to any single site or blog - such an oversight can only be explained as ignorance. Not in a condescending manner, but literally just being unaware. Stop by and have a peek at a bit of history few understand. I Love Ya Libnan!)