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Why did Lebanon's security chief praise terrorism during a counter-terror speech?
The Jerusalem Post
Alluding to Hezbollah, he said that terrorism that terrorizes enemies is not only a right, but a duty.
By Seth J. Frantzman
Lebanon’s General Security director praised terrorism during a conference that was supposed to discuss the defeat of terrorism in the Middle East and Africa. Speaking to representatives from a dozen African countries Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim reportedly praised Hezbollah’s “resistance” and distinguished its terrorism from other forms of terror.
The two-day event was titled ‘Defeat of Terrorism in the Region and its Impact on Africa’ and was attended by African delegates from a swath of countries affected by terrorism in the Sahel region of Africa. That includes Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, and the Central African Republic. Diplomats from Tunisia, Oman, Egypt and Russia also attended according to the website Arab News. Ibrahim runs Lebanon’s General Security directorate, which makes him the “eyes and ears” of Lebanon according to and gives his agency power over a variety of local and foreign threats to Lebanon.
He has praised Hezbollah’s “resistance” in the past and was appointed in 2011 with influence by Amal, a Shi’ite party. At the conference, according to multiple reports at Lebanese websites Aliwaa.com and Aljoumhouria, he distinguished between two types of terrorism. “Terrorism that terrorizes your enemy, and this is not only your right but your duty. Then there is [the second kind of] terrorism that intimidates innocent people. The second kind he said was the “lowest level of moral decline and ideological decline.”