It’s no secret that the fears of Lebanese Christians increased after the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) displaced and attempted to eliminate Christian and non-Christian minorities.
These fears are not exclusive to Christians. They now include all the Lebanese people, ever since the events in Arsal. A question on the circumstances of this reality has begun to surface, although has not become public yet. Will Lebanon’s Christians once again resort to arms like they did in 1975 against Palestinians and others? In other words, will they act outside the state’s legitimate protection and attempt to defend themselves?
We only raise this question because there are some voices speaking out on extremist fundamentalism, which threatens the entire region, the image of civilized Arabism and real Islam. What pushes us towards openly speaking about this affair is that we sense some sort of agreement with the entire Lebanese people, or at least some sort of consensus, on the threat of ISIS and the criminal Takfirist (apostasist) fundamentalist phenomenon. There’s such a consensus but no united vision yet to confront this threat.
I don’t think the danger against the Christians should push them towards acting outside the state’s logic of protecting all citizen