WASHINGTON — Lebanon is almost tearing apart at the seams, and the current Lebanese government is trying to stop it. But, it seems that it is too little, too late to maintain the fragile Lebanese peace to endure just a little longer.
Reuters reports that the Lebanese government will try to secure parts of the country where violence threatens to destabilize the entire country.
The Lebanese army has been fighting back against Sunni Muslim radicals and extremists in the southern city port of Sidon, but spread to the northern city of Tripoli. The Lebanese soldiers stormed a complex, which housed several gunmen loyal to a radical Islamist cleric and were arrested.
12 soldiers were killed in the ensuing firefight, but there were a total of 22 bodies that were pulled out of the complex. The radical cleric, Ahmed al-Assir, is suspected of inciting sectarian violence within Lebanon and whose gunmen used civilians as human shields when fighting the Lebanese army.
The Lebanese public is afraid that this is the beginning of a spillover effect from the 2-year-old Syrian civil war and is entering a country whose peace is fragile as it is. Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed terrorist organization, has entered the civil war on the side of the Syrian government regime led by Bashar al-Assad and killed one protester outside the Iranian embassy in Lebanon.