The Tawhid ‘brigades’ and the dominance of militias
In recent few months, a civil society organization called the Protectors of the Homeland has emerged in Lebanon
In recent few months, a civil society organization called the Protectors of the Homeland has emerged in Lebanon. Its establishment, however, stirred uproar following reports it was an armed organization.
Public prosecution has undertaken an investigation to establish whether the so-called Protectors of the Homeland formed an armed wing following directions from Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi. There have also been demands to annul this organization’s license as many politicians and analysts believe it was established to incite strife among the different sections of the Lebanese society.
The organization’s members reiterated that the organization was established to support the Lebanese army in the Beqaa town of Arsal. They maintain that the base of the group later grew in number and its base quickly expanded so much so that it later opened offices in several Lebanese areas.
On Sunday, Tawhid Party chief and former minister Wiam Wahhab announced that his party will soon form the Tawhid Brigades. “These brigades will expand in all Lebanese areas. Their role is to deter any potential threat against the country. They will stand by the army and security forces to confront any threat against Lebanon,” Wahhab is reported to have said.
Let us be reminded of the Lebanese people’s suffering at the hands of the Brigades of the Resistance, which continues to cause problems in several cities, inciting sectarian strife by recruiting and training people to confront others.
Hezbollah has deviated from its aim of confronting the Israeli occupation and is now involved in fighting the Syrian people in defense of the Assad regimeNayla Tueni
We all know that the aim of the Brigades has been to attract people from different sects to join the Islamic Resistance but without including Hezbollah’s structure as to avoid making them aware of the plans and hierarchy.
This is in addition to our complaint of Hezbollah’s arms. Hezbollah has deviated from its aim of confronting the Israeli occupation and is now involved in fighting the Syrian people in defense of the Assad regime. It is also involved in the fighting in Yemen, Iraq and Bahrain.
Let’s not forget how Hezbollah used its arms at the domestic front during the May 7, 2008 events. Moreover, the party is accused of several violations and has been involved in many legal cases. What we have suffered from due to availability of arms is enough. We take pride in the capabilities of our army and the security forces as they have accomplished a lot on various fronts.
In order to maintain law and order, we must ban all brigades and other such groups or else we would go back to the time when militias dominated the scene. We’ve all experienced this and suffered from it and we continue to suffer from its repercussions till this day.
This article was first published in Annahar on Oct. 10, 2016.
Nayla Tueni is one of the few elected female politicians in Lebanon and of the two youngest. She became a member of parliament in 2009 and following the assassination of her father, Gebran, she is currently a member of the board and Deputy General Manager of Lebanon’s leading daily, Annahar. Prior to her political career, Nayla had trained, written in and managed various sections of Annahar, where she currently has a regular column. She can be followed on Twitter @NaylaTueni