… from Southfront
– First published … April 08, 2019 –
Lebanese President Michael Aoun reportedly received a US-Israeli document detailing plans for creating a civil war in Lebanon, during US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Beirut, Lebanon on March 22nd.
The document outlines covert false flag operations and a possible Israeli invasion, Lebanese TV station, Al-Jadeed reported.
According to the report, the source of the document is Israeli and it was created in partnership with the US, it is unclear who exactly presented it to President Aoun.
Geopolitics Alert translated the contents of the report.
The document presents an alleged US plan to splinter the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF), a domestic institution separated from the Lebanese Army. This would be carried out by an $200 million investment in the ISF. The money would be “disguised” as a means to keep peace, but $2.5 million would be specifically designated to create a conflict against Hezbollah.
The document states the ultimate goal is to destabilize the country by creating a civil war in Lebanon which will “help Israel on the international scene.” The United States and Israel plan to accomplish this by supporting “democratic forces.” If that sounds familiar, its because it is currently happening in Venezuela (or is rather about to possibly happen) and is actively still happening in Syria and Libya.
The document also expects no casualties, all the while the “full load of our firepower will be unleashed.” The civil war would lead to requests for intervention from Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF), and after “extreme reluctance” Israel would agree to do so.
Israel, according to the document also would play a vital role of creating “covert false flag operations,” with the progression of the conflict. The operations aren’t specified, but they could potentially include chemical attacks, similar to the ones the Syrian government is blamed for.
The document admits that the plan could be challenged by Hezbollah’s strong presence in all areas of governance in the country, as well as in the ISF and the Lebanese Army.
Separately, during his visit Mike Pompeo gave Michel Aoun an ultimatum: to contain Hezbollah or face consequences.
“It will take courage for the nation of Lebanon to stand up to Hezbollah’s criminality, terror, and threats,” Pompeo said.
Sami Nader, a Lebanese political analyst, said this shift came as part of U.S. President Donald Trump’s reversal of his predecessor’s Middle East policy toward confronting Iran. “Now the US says, ‘Hezbollah is your problem.’ As in a Lebanese problem that Lebanon must sort out and not America,” Nader said.
The Lebanese government isn’t sure how to deliver on Pompeo’s wishes. It can neither take on Hezbollah militarily nor stop it from accessing its share of government resources. According to Aoun, Hezbollah scored two-thirds of Shiite votes in the last elections. That’s make it entitled, under Lebanese convention, to offer services and jobs to its constituents, just as Sunni, Druze, and Christian parties do.
It is unclear if Pompeo’s staff presented Aoun with this document as a threat prior to their meeting. If the documents are true, however, it is clear that the US and allies are planning to carry out clandestine operations similar to past and current ones in Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iran.