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Al-Monitor reported on the Lebanese armed forces successfully fighting off an attack on a post bordering a Christian village and region in the Bekaa Valley in northern Lebanon. The article explained the strategic reasons behind the attack.
The second factor seems to be the purposeful attacking of a Christian-majority region in the outskirts of Ras Baalbek, because if it fell, it would create fear and instability among Christians, which might result in their displacement, as has been the case in neighboring countries. This would allow the militants to easily take control over these villages. However, investing in the field aspect might not be limited to displacing the Christian residents of Ras Baalbek and could extend to spreading fear in the Christian villages of Central Bekaa such as al-Firzel, Ablah, Zahle and Drous. The sources believed that targeting these towns would allow the militants to achieve both field and moral gains.
The field aspect is related to how close these villages are to the international road connecting Beirut to Damascus. Al-Sham Road has a strategic importance to the supply lines to Syria and is a vital crossing connecting the northern Bekaa to central and western Bekaa, where some Christian villages are located. It also connects the Bekaa region to the south, particularly to the villages of al-Arkoub, adjacent to the Syrian town of Beit Jinn, which is under the control of the militants and the entry point from which they try to get through to Arkoub.
The IC targeting Christians in Lebanon is not new, and calls have already gone out for Lebanese Christians to arm themselves. The latest attack only confirms this is a good idea.
The IC and other Islamic jihadists are targeting Christians in other parts of the world as well, including many parts of Africa.
WND interviewed me a few months ago and asked what I thought Christians should do against the onslaught of Islamic war. I responded that Christians might have to “fight back brutally” and that they shouldn’t expect help from anyone.
Others realize this might be the way to go.
The Center for Security Policy reported on January 21 that Kenyan pastors want the right to bear arms to protect against Islamic attacks.
Other Christians throughout the world will realize they need to arm themselves as well. If they don’t, the Islamic Caliphate or other jihadists will exterminate them.