Breaking the law is breaking the law!

The escalation of the Syrian “revolution” has created an increased need for arms within the opposition to the regime and the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Due to the forceful military attacks on their anti-government activity, this arms smuggle has been most successful across the Lebanese-Syrian borders.

Lebanese parliament members and political figures have each made a very clear and public decision of their support to one of either side, right now virtually half/half are in favor of or against Syria’s Bashar Al Assad’s regime.

Across the Bekaa Valley and the northern areas of Akkar and Tripoli warehouses are being raided daily by army command confiscating complete arsenals that were ready to be shipped off to Syria.

According to the Daily Star journal, Mohammad Hasan Ajam was indicted for possession and intentions to smuggle arms into Syria from the Bekaa Valley. Ajam confessed to these charges, and said that he had intentions of sending the arms to aid the Syrian opposition but has never committed such act before.

Lebanon has witnessed similar events in the northern areas of Lebanon such as Akkar and Tripoli, where in April, a sea shipment containing 60,000 rounds and firearms were confiscated at the port of Tripoli.

Every time the issue of arms smuggling is brought up, one name in particular has always been somehow involved, Bekaa MP Jamal Jarrah. He has on several occasions denied any involvement in arms smuggling but has showed strong support for the Syrian opposition and has allegedly protected smugglers under his political umbrella. Even if it’s not official, it is known as a word of the street that MP Jarrah is funding the FSA and may be supporting arms smugglers to ease their process.

Supporters of Jarrah and the Future Block consider supporting the FSA and the smugglers to be the Muslim thing to do as they feel obliged to stand hand in hand with the Syrian opposition since they are a Sunni movement, and have shown hostile emotions towards army command for their attempt to control the Lebanese-Syrian borders and what goes across and also accusing them for working with and/or for the Syrian regime. Regardless, arms smuggling and trafficking is by law a felony and, with no need to say, a very big one.


One thought on “Breaking the law is breaking the law!

  1. I agree that “breaking the law is breaking the law.” However, is this possible within a very sectarian society? If, generally, Sunni’s support the FSA and Shiites support Assad’s regime, the enforcement of the laws will be heavily influenced by a person’s sectarian identification. If a Sunni catches another Sunni smuggling weapons, then that person may decide to ignore their unlawfulness.

    If the people of Lebanon prioritize their sectarian identification over respect for the rule of law, they face many issues regarding the stability of their own country. Following the rules of the game is one of the most important aspects of any strong democracy. This insures the perpetuity of a stable and healthy democracy that is responsive and accountable to the citizenry. Hopefully, the people of Lebanon will be able to foster greater respect for the laws before the violence from Syria spills over into its own borders.

    For more information regarding the weapons smuggling between Lebanon and Syria, check out my blog post at

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