The reasons for the abduction of a Turkish pilot and co-pilot as they exited Beirut’s International Airport is difficult to understand unless it is looked at it from the perspective of “Lebanon the arena.” Lebanon is an “arena” used by the Iranian regime to prove that it has clout in the region – that Beirut may as well be an Iranian city on the Mediterranean Sea, and that the whole of Lebanon and not only the Shiite sect is held hostage.
What we are currently witnessing is another episode in the long series of moves aiming to strengthen Lebanon’s role as an “arena” for conflict.Khairallah Khairallah
The battle over Syria is one of life and death. It is not a coincidence that the abducted Lebanese in Syria were used as an excuse to justify kidnapping the Turkish pilots. The abduction of the two Turks occurred as the Syrian opposition fighters advanced in areas close to Aleppo. This progress was made even greater by their capture of the strategically important airport of Menegh, used to send reinforcements to forces loyal to the regime and the site of several jets and helicopters. The question is thus does Iran benefit from pressuring Turkey from “Lebanon the arena?”