The Irrelevant Ones: Brigitte Gabriel’s Escape from Terror

(Courtesy of @actforamerica on Instagram) 

This piece is the second installment of a monthly series on legal immigrants for TheBlaze and The Chris Salcedo Show.

The war had stolen young Brigitte Gabriel’s childhood in Marjayoun, Lebanon.

“Will I live to see another birthday?” she thought, surrounded by the rubble that used to be her happy home.

Thirty years earlier, when modern-day Lebanon gained independence from France in 1943, they created the “National Pact,” which divided the government’s power by religious factors based on population.

Basically, the president had to be a Maronite Christian, with other positions of power given to a Sunni and a Shiite Muslim.

It’s when that demographic shifted that things started to get tense.

The Lebanese Civil War in the 1970s was fought primarily between the Muslim faction (the Lebanese National Movement) who wanted to change the government’s structure, and the Maronite Christians (The Lebanese Forces) who wanted to maintain it.

The “civil war” became a cacophony of other players — and funding from other Islamic nations like Iran. It quickly became about Islam taking over.

Indeed, the Lebanese National Movement (made up of forces from various parts of the Muslim world) and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) all came together to quash the Lebanese (Christian) Forces.

Israel came onto the scene with its invasion of Lebanon to deal with the PLO, which was busing Lebanon as a launching pad in an auxiliary military offensive against Israel.

That geopolitical move would forever alter Brigitte’s life.

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