Iran steps in as U.S. steps out of Lebanon

Iran is ready to provide military assistance to Lebanon, an Iranian commander said Tuesday as a U.S. lawmaker revokes military aid to Beirut.

Ghazanfar Roknabadi, the Iranian envoy to Beirut, told Lebanese military leaders that Tehran was ready to support Lebanese armed forces, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reports.

The offer of assistance follows a decision by a U.S. lawmaker to withhold $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon out of concerns regarding Hezbollah.

U.S. President Barack Obama had asked lawmakers in 2009 to consider increasing military aid to Lebanon by $98.4 million in 2009.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman, D-Calif., announced his decision Monday, citing recent border skirmishes between Israeli and Lebanese forces and heightened rhetoric from Hezbollah.

“Until we know more about this incident and the nature of Hezbollah influence on the Lebanese armed forces — and can assure that the LAF is a responsible actor — I cannot in good conscience allow the United States to continue sending weapons to Lebanon,” he said in a statement.

Lebanese and Israeli forces traded fire along the border last week, leaving at least four people, including an Israeli lieutenant colonel, dead.

Lebanese forces said Israeli troops wandered too far into their territory to prune trees along border checkpoints. A team from the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon, however, confirmed the Israeli military was operating inside Israeli territory.

Berman’s decision came on the same day that Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said he had evidence to suggest Israel played a role in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. UPI

  • ali

    ghazanfar roknabadi should keep his arms in iran and hands off Lebanon.

    • r

      don’t blame him but the pro-hitsrael US policy. They will always love hitsrael over Lebanon and anyone else.

  • Tony Smith

    Getting arms from Iran is like saying to HA..here you can have the country…What is wrong with arms from France or Russia?

    It does not have to be US arms.

    Imagine for a small incident like this Lebanon looses the support of US.

    What kind of a friend we have on our side?They supplied us with armored vehicles..Yuppeee and some M16s..wow..how about 3or 400 heavy duty tanks and lots of heavy artilaries..that is something we will never see from the US.

    I believe the list stops in Israel for their approval before it is sent to Lebanon.I am not a HA follower but the US stepped out of line this time.

    • wilypagan

      Shooting at our ally Israel is not a minor incident. If Lebanon wants to stay with the modern civilized world, it should drop the Arab victim blame game, make peace with its neighbor Israel, and spread a little joy in the world. Other option: Monkey Man Achmadinejad in charge along with the Mad Mullahs.

      • Leb-Syrian

        Yeah cuz ur little bundle of joy ally Israel is very known for spending joy around the world. LOL get ur facts straight buddy.

      • moustapha

        wily, define what an ally is. Also list the charazteristics of your amazing Izzy and what makes them your so called ally.

        How about shooting at your ally Lebanon? Or bombing them left and right? Or violating your ally Lebanons airspace? Or breaching their waters? Steeling their Resources? Creating sedition between people? Forcing 500,000 palastenians to either be put into shanty homes or killed by your trusted ally?….Oh thats right the Lebanese lobby isnt the one raping the american people every day its your trusted ally Izzywilly, thats why they are the allies and not Lebanon.

        You should change your sentence and say:

        “if Lebanon wants to stay with the modern civilized world they should bendover to the people who play the Holocaust victim play game not to mention the same people who leach, murder and steal off of everyone from the arabs all the way to the US.”

        They learnt well from hitler.. it makes you think doesnt it.. a people who have been treated so badly by someone could apply his techniques, ideology and fanatacism so immaculately.

        I’ll let you get back to your fantasy GI.Joe world where FOX is the host.

      • Anti-zio

        Top post Moustapha! I second everything you said. BTW Wily stop posting your rubbish on this site and stick to posting on your allies site

      • Walid Khouri

        Shove your ally up your gay @$$…

        Lebanon is the cradle of civilization and the cemetery of invaders… Read our history.

        We will shoot and DEFEAT any force that enters our sacred land you monkey head moron. Take a look at your ratings and you should get the idea on how welcome you are on this site.

      • maria

        Ive read several comments of yours and from the looks of it, you seem to be suffering from a sever case of stupiditis.

        Ya 7maar, Im sure you hear this name daily from your wife…..After May 08 attacks on the US allies in libon, the US stood by and did nothing while the hizzy took over the city. What did you expect, they were going to fight the hizzy with the Harleys the US provided? after the US silence, the libonais found a new sugar daddy and decided to stop fighting against hizzy because they new the next round of fights, the whole country would get taken over by them.

        So Pagan, please kol Kh@rr@ and bon appetit

      • Leb-Syrian

        haha +1 Maria

        WilyPagan:

        Inchallah tet-hanna be hal sa7n il kh@rr@. La tinsa trish mil7 w filfol meshan il ta3meh!

      • Walid Khouri

        I love you Maria :D

  • Tarie AL Fanarie

    The army already do not defend lebanese against any hezbollah attacks? so with Iranians help then no one will even dare say anything. I wouldn’t want to be the president or the the army commander right now. I wish Iran and Syria and Israel all butt out of Lebanon and leave us in peace.

    • r

      now you finally say something FAIR.

    • John

      dude you’re not even lebanese.

      take a hike

      • Tarie Al Fanarie

        Dude I am lebanese Armenian and this is the last time i am going to respond about my identity and this is my true name. John Nassrallah Bond.

  • moustapha

    this is turning out to be as complicated as f***! lol!

    hmmm.. unless there is a way to get arms from Iran without worrying to make up favors to them then I would say yes.. we dont need arms from a specific group or country we just need to make our army strong. But i guess its too wishful to be thinking that there are no strings attached with aid like millitary weapons.

    Thank you international world for your great support and cornering us into this F’d up situation.

  • r

    The US sells Lebanon again .. surprise surprise. I think 3aoun knew from the start and made the right move.

    :)

  • Omar

    Iran does not have to send us arms. All what they should do is order their proxy HA to serenader all his arms fo the LAF. This way they will save on the shipping. !

    • Walid Khouri

      LOL so true Omar… However, considering the circumstances I am beginning to believe that two armies under the LAF command are better than one.

      HA should at this junction drop the Islamic mantra and change its name to The Lebanese Resistance and include other sects within its ranks. But again that is only a dream because in the Middle East sectarianism is the same cancer that plagued us for centuries. The root of the problem is a Jewish God who decided somehow to become a real estate agent and start “giving” land to the tribe of Israel and a history of European invaders who took the message of “love your neighbor”, drew crosses on their chests and invaded, raped and pillaged their way to the “Holly Land” and recently the message of intolerance that is spread by the Islamists.

      Hassan Nasrallah said the LAF protect the Resistance and the Resistance protects the LAF, THAT IS THE EQUATION. That is True but also we HAVE to remove the Sect from that equation. That is the ONLY equation! If we fail Lebanon will be a failed state and will be no more and God help us all.

      • moustapha

        hahaha.. Omar i think these days they provide free shipping on bulk orders but I still agree.. why take the chance lol!

        Walid,

        what you are saying is really medicine.(hehehe.. translated from arabic) Seriously the scenario you have put forth would be the most ideal situation. And yes the factor in that equation is the secterian one. So maybe berri should promote his campaign starting with the resistance as a role model to abolishing secterianism :D Inshallah we can get past the 2005 assasinations smoothly achieving justice (which im afraid is too much to ask for) and start focusing on a true defense strategy.

        Maria..

        Your words are music to the ear! again another priceless comment.

        Anti-Zio

        Even though from your posts i find a few things we might not agree on but its great to agree with you even if for one sunbject..and i think this subject is the most important one.

  • Omar

    غظنفر أني من كل عقلي ان هذا لقب مش اسم. شو يا غظنفر!؟

  • Kareem

    I don’t see the need of foreign military aid. We just need to be more or less isolationist and work on our crappy economy.

    Easier said than done, I know, but a war is only gonna put us back into the hell hole that we were in back in 2006.

  • Mark Thompson

    Iran makes much better roadside bombs also , those are great weapons .

  • Tony Smith

    The US has been supplying Lebanon with arms for decades now and look how modern and strong our army is.This is a joke..it is very obvious the US will never allow Lebanon to be strong next to Israel.We have to reevaluate who our allies are and seek someone that is really willing to get that army off its feet.

    • Elias

      Tony A who needs weapons from the US or anywhere when we made the biggest bowls of Hummus and Falafel. Now I don’t want to sound disgusting here but if all get along and eat those dishes and all stand by the israeli border and let go. You think the israeli will stand a chance? Hell no! Not all that this is the most peacefull weapons you can have and the US cannot say you’re using our weapons to fight the israelis lol.

      I still got my eyes on those Gold Coins I want them because they’re ours.

      • tony a

        good one elias.

  • tiger

    Get religion out of politics and we will have a much better world,

    it’s good for lebanon and for for any other parts in this world.

    Allas, i’m afraid it’s not going to happened, in the near future.

  • joey

    we don;t need arms off no one all what we need is to get behind our lebanese army and support them 100 per cent and no one else if we are divide it how can we do anything by blaming other country we will get no wear those country get in between us becouse we are split and if we stay like thats good bye lebanon

  • Leb-Syrian

    I wish Iran would keep their hands off Lebanon and Syria, and I wish Syria would keep its hands off of Lebanon. Doesn’t Iran have their own internal problems to fix? Sure seems that way to me.

  • Tarie Al Fanarie

    LEB-SYRIAN I am beginning to like you lol.

    • Leb-Syrian

      haha! thanks glad you are enjoying my posts! have a great weekend

      • Tarie Al Fanarie

        You too my friend and try not to upset Maria this weekend lol.

  • joey

    tarie you have to be carfull of the syrian man thats what they do when they get cornered they change there colors they are like camilion watch out bro they born srasir and thats what they stay