Former General Aoun & Orange TV Spreading Iranian-inspired Jihadist
By Andrew Cochran
The following is a report from "Karim," the CTB Special
Correspondent in Lebanon. He last reported for us
on October 3.
The joint venture between Hezbollah and the "Free Patriotic Movement"
of former General Michel Aoun is growing stronger by the day. Since
Hezbollah, a designated terrorist organization by the U.S. Government,
and its Al Manar television network are banned from transmitting to the
U.S., they are now relying on the media outlet of former General Michel
Aoun, Orange TV, to spread Iranian-inspired Jihadist propaganda and
Orange TV has been airing explosive commentaries in the past month by
accusing the editor of the Arabic newspaper Al Muharer Al Arabi, Mr.
Nihad Al Ghadri, of "financing" the terrorist group Fatah Al Islam. Mr.
Al Ghadri, a Syrian publisher and U.S. citizen who lives in exile in
Lebanon, has been outspoken in defense of the Cedars Revolution and has
criticized the Assad regime extensively in the pages of Al Muharer.
Besides, Ghadri has been among the few supporters of the U.S.' and
moderate Arabs' efforts against terrorism. Orange TV has gone on to
accuse Mr. Ghadriís son, Farid, of the Reform Party of Syria, of being a
"Zionist spy." Hezbollah's and Aoun's political commissaries have been
targeting the Syrian opposition figures, especially those conducting a
war of ideas against the Tehran and Damascus regimes.
These propaganda tools of attacking those whose views differ from the
Baathists and their sponsors in Iran are well known by the Lebanese and
others in the region. Another point in the latest front for the
terrorist axis of Iran/Syria and Hezbollah was the fires apparently set
throughout Lebanon, creating an ecological near-disaster.
Aounís complicity in airing false and inflammatory reports produced
by master terror propagandists should be recognized in Washington. Three
years ago, the former military commander was roaming the lobbies of
Congress and the waiting rooms of think-tanks in Washington, seeking
American and Israeli support for his leadership of a "free Lebanon."
After his return to Lebanon, freed by the U.S.- and French-sponsored
UNSCR 1559, General Aoun turned against his benefactors and allied
himself with Hezbollah in order to secure the Presidency of Lebanon.