Hezbollah official: Time of partnership in Lebanon is over

Resigned Minister of Administrative Development Mohammad Fneish, a key  Hezbollah official  said on Sunday that caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri should get used to being out of power despite the fact that he doesn’t like it .

He added ” the time of granting partnership to other parties is over and a government that will accommodate the new majority will be formed ”

Fneish criticized Hariri for ‘attacking the Islamic Republic of Iran,” according to the National News Agency. He said ” Iran is a powerful country that threatens the existence of Israel” and accused Hariri of serving the interests of the US and Israel in his criticism of Iran.

Fneish also voiced support for the Syrian regime, adding that “there is a difference between the demand for reform and foreign projects of interference and incitement.”

He addressed those who criticized Hezbollah for supporting protests in Bahrain, asking, “What is your response to your direct interference in what is going on in Syria?” In reference to the Syrian government owned TV broadcast alleging that a Future Movement MP was financing the protests in Syria .

Hezbollah was reportedly created by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in 1982 with the aim of establishing an Islamic republic in Lebanon.

MP Dory Chamoun, National Liberal Party chief said last Monday that Hezbollah never represented Lebanese politics “for it’s a Persian party that is trying to hide behind Lebanese legitimacy ”

Hariri – whose government collapsed in January – recently said that the Lebanese do not accept that their country become an “Iranian protectorate,” adding that the same goes for “Kuwait, Bahrain, or any Arab country.”

picture: Resigned Minister of Administrative Development Mohammad Fneish is shown during the meeting of Caretaker   Lebanese Premier Saad Hariri  with Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei   in Tehran, Nov. 29, 2010

  • ghzayel

    He addressed those who criticized Hezbollah for supporting protests in Bahrain, asking, “What is your response to your direct interference in what is going on in Syria?”

    mr. fneish,

    you are basing your question on a lie to hide and dodge the arab countries’criticism regarding the messy interference of hizballah’s chief in the interior affairs of bahrain.

    i would like to add also that instead of staying on the sidelines and watch how events are unfolding, you are making a fatal mistake by aligning yourself and your hizb with the syrian regime battling its own people ,with no consideration whatsoever for the historical aspirations in the making by the majority of the lebanese and syrian people.

    since your major strategic partner cannot support you as before, my advice to you and to your hizb would be to come back to lebanon before it is too late and accept an honorable plan to submit your weapons willingly to the lebanese army as soon as possible and forget about your disastrous persian adventures.

  • Anonymous

    He addressed those who criticized Hezbollah for supporting protests in Bahrain, asking, “What is your response to your direct interference in what is going on in Syria?”

    mr. fneish,

    you are basing your question on a lie to hide and dodge the arab countries’criticism regarding the messy interference of hizballah’s chief in the interior affairs of bahrain.

    i would like to add also that instead of staying on the sidelines and watch how events are unfolding, you are making a fatal mistake by aligning yourself and your hizb with the syrian regime battling its own people ,with no consideration whatsoever for the historical aspirations in the making by the majority of the lebanese and syrian people.

    since your major strategic patner cannot support you as before, my advice to you and to your hizb would be to come back to lebanon before it is too late and accept an honorable plan to submit your weapons willingly as soon as possible and forget about your disastrous persian adventures.

  • It will be the greatest of days when Lebanon kicks every single one of Iran’s stooges Hezbollah out of the country once and for all.Why are you so afraid?Is it cause your brothers in Syria are about to get their due as well?Soon you wont even be able to take refuge in Iran cause the mullahs days are numbered just as well..
    The world will be a better place when Hamas,Hezbollah,Islamic Jihad and the rest of Iran’s whipping boys are eradicated.It wont bring a solid peace,but it sure will be a good start.

  • It will be the greatest of days when Lebanon kicks every single one of Iran’s stooges Hezbollah out of the country once and for all.Why are you so afraid?Is it cause your brothers in Syria are about to get their due as well?Soon you wont even be able to take refuge in Iran cause the mullahs days are numbered just as well..
    The world will be a better place when Hamas,Hezbollah,Islamic Jihad and the rest of Iran’s whipping boys are eradicated.It wont bring a solid peace,but it sure will be a good start.

  • It will be the greatest of days when Lebanon kicks every single one of Iran’s stooges Hezbollah out of the country once and for all.Why are you so afraid?Is it cause your brothers in Syria are about to get their due as well?Soon you wont even be able to take refuge in Iran cause the mullahs days are numbered just as well..
    The world will be a better place when Hamas,Hezbollah,Islamic Jihad and the rest of Iran’s whipping boys are eradicated.It wont bring a solid peace,but it sure will be a good start.

  • leb_expatriate

    I like you better when your asleep.

  • leb_expatriate

    I like you better when your asleep.

  • Anonymous

    I like you better when your asleep.

  • Anonymous

    I like you better when your asleep.

  • Amine123

    He believe that HA and Aoun have the majority therefore they have they right to bring Lebanon economy to a stand still and support Iran and Syrian regime in killing their own people. First previous election Hariri allies have the majority and still do, HA are not a political party in Lebanon rather a militia armed by Iran and Syria to force their will on the Lebanese people.

    THIS WILL NEVER HAPPENS…..

  • Amine123

    He believe that HA and Aoun have the majority therefore they have they right to bring Lebanon economy to a stand still and support Iran and Syrian regime in killing their own people. First previous election Hariri allies have the majority and still do, HA are not a political party in Lebanon rather a militia armed by Iran and Syria to force their will on the Lebanese people.

    THIS WILL NEVER HAPPENS…..

  • Anonymous

    He believe that HA and Aoun have the majority therefore they have they right to bring Lebanon economy to a stand still and support Iran and Syrian regime in killing their own people. First previous election Hariri allies have the majority and still do, HA are not a political party in Lebanon rather a militia armed by Iran and Syria to force their will on the Lebanese people.

    THIS WILL NEVER HAPPENS…..

  • Crossed

    Terrible, terrible reporting.
    “Hezbollah was reportedly created by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in 1982 with the aim of establishing an Islamic republic in Lebanon.”

    Says who? How can you report about Hezbollah and include such erroneous comments? Establishing an Islamic Republic is not even in Hezbollah’s charter, mission statement, or agenda.

    Hariri needs to grow up. He lost his post democratically and acted like a baby by going to the streets. Politics isn’t a game, you either play hardball or sit down.

    • sam_shaker

      Crossed you’re the one who likes to distorts and report misleading news. When Hezbollah was established by many Iranian leaders including the head of Iranian opposition Moussawi.. There were many revolutionary Iranian guards based in the South training and arming Hezbollah. Why don’t you check the videos on youtube where many hezbollah leaders including Nassrallah claiming that not only Lebanon will be controlled by Christians anymore but Lebanon will be part of the greater Iran. So stop being a jackass and admit to it. There is no sense in denying it because its written all over the walls. Even the latest Bekaa Sheik Zaki he said he’s in total support of Waliat Al Faqih and establishing it. So what will happen to us christians if this established? we’re already marginalized and becoming second class citizen.. how far will you guys go we don’t know and we don’t trust you judging on the killing and assassinations done by Hezbollah, Iran and Syria especially on 2005 and after.

      • Crossed

        Hezbollah was not founded by Iran. Hezbollah was formed as an answer to Israeli occupation in South Lebanon. Everything you said is complete nonsense.

        “There were many revolutionary Iranian guards based in the South training and arming Hezbollah” Even if thats true, it still doesn’t mean they founded Hezbollah.

        Mr. Nassrallah didn’t say anything of what you claim he did. Stick to facts, not your oppinions.

        • youyes4u

          Your Mr. Nassrallah is a Yemmeni ,actually his family migrated to Lebanon many decades ago from Yemen.Go figure this one out….and tell the truth to the Lebanese people once for all.

        • youyes4u

          You forgot to add that Hezbo’s the shiite NotoriousTerrorists was also formed to attack Lebanese Druze towns and burn their innocent citizens shops,and also shooting at Druzes homes and terrorizing its occupants of woman and children,hijacking planes,and terrorizing and killing passengers,bombing embassys and army barracks and killings in the name of your shiite allah. I suggest you stick it to your Mr,and stop being the spokes-woman for the Terrorists,it ain’t flying.

        • sam_shaker

          The pro-democracy movement in Syria is not only a courageous and valid struggle for democratic freedoms in one of the region’s most rigid dictatorships; it has also exposed the hypocrisy that has until now successfully hidden one of the great lies of recent Middle East history: that of Hezbollah’s unstinting support of the downtrodden and the oppressed.

          The ongoing Syrian revolt was always going to be uncomfortable for the Party of God. Even as Tunisia and Egypt fell and Bahrain trembled, such was the party’s hubris that it never expected its safe support for those popular revolutions would rebound embarrassingly when the revolutionary spirit spread to the streets of Syria, its main sponsor in Lebanon and a strategic ally of Iran, the party’s über-master.

          When the torch was lit in Syria, Al-Manar, the media arm of Hezbollah, said nothing, giving events in Syria almost zero coverage. As we wrote in a recent editorial, “Popular revolutions are all very well until they interfere with day-to-day business,” and in this case “business” means standing shoulder-to-shoulder with a strategic ally in a bigger regional project that simply cannot be threatened.

          Cue the dirty tricks. Last week, Future bloc MP Jamal al-Jarrah was accused by Hezbollah of supplying weapons to so-called Syrian “terrorists” in a bid to destabilize the regime. The allegations are unfounded and ludicrous and are nothing more than a cheap sucker punch designed to blur the debate over Hezbollah’s reckless offers of support for the Bahraini Shia. (They also smack of hypocrisy, given the fact that Syria has been “destabilizing” Lebanon for years by using its border to supply strategic, long-range weapons to Hezbollah. And we are not just talking about a carload of AK47s either.)

          Indeed, Hezbollah is imposing its own diktat on us all by implying that those of us who support the revolution in Syria are not good Lebanese. It is a new spin on the party’s “you are either with us or against us” creed. In other words, anyone who opposed the Resistance was deemed to be pro-Israeli. Today, anyone who applauds the brave demonstrators who are spilling blood on Syria’s streets in a bid to fashion a modern and democratic nation out of a brutal autocracy is somehow endorsing what Hezbollah might describe as a Western- and/or Zionist-backed conspiracy to bring about the downfall of the last bastion of Arab dignity.

          It’s an easy accusation to make, but sadly for Hezbollah and its allies in March 8 it is becoming harder to make stick. For even Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in his Saturday address to the nation that things had to change. He spoke of what he called the gulf that exists “between citizens and the institutions of the state, a gulf that must quickly be filled.” He admitted that Syrians need not only “security and services, but also dignity” and that “corruption is a threat to morality and to the country’s potential for development.” So where’s the problem?

          The problem is that Hezbollah’s narrative thread is coming undone. The 2006 July War, the 2007 downtown sit-in, its absence on the frontline at Nahr al-Bared, its presence on the streets of Beirut in May 2008, and now its selective support of the so-called Arab spring have further exposed the party’s double standards. Hezbollah is becoming increasingly isolated. It is seen more and more as a regional enforcer rather than the pure and benevolent defender of Lebanon’s dignity it would like us to think it is.

          The days of the old rhetoric have been swept away on the streets of Tunis, Cairo, Sana, Manama and half a dozen town and cities across Syria. To support reform anywhere should enhance, not diminish, one’s moral credentials.

        • Crossed

          @Sam_Shaker

          I agree the pro democracy movement in Syria is valid and perfectly legal.

          -Hezbollah is Lebanese party. It does not have absolute rule over the country. Why would you expect them to march in the streets of Syria? Hezbollah was the group that liberated the South in 2000 and is always uncovering spy rings and devices throughout the country. They still very much represent the downtrodden and oppressed Lebanese not only politically, but in various social, medical, and educational aspects.

          – You are most probably right. Hezbollah’s leadership does feel uncomfortable with the situation in Syria. They have chosen not to comment on that. They learned their lesson from Bahrain. Commenting on Bahrain was unpopular amongst many Lebanese, the best thing to do is refrain from commentary and they are doing just that. Notice they did not come out and support Assad, rather have been mum about everything. You call Iran Hezbollah’s master. Why don’t you draw the same conclusion about Hariri’s camp and KSA? To call Iran the masters of hezbollah is childish. They enjoy Iranian support, but are they still a free Lebanese party and until you or I hear of a direct order from Iran to Hezbollah, there is no proof to claim otherwise.

          -Actually Jarrah was accused by Syria initially, not Hezbollah. How was Mr. Nassralah’s comments reckless? All he said was that the Bahrainis deserve freedom. Where is the fault in this? He did not say it in the name of Lebanon, he said it in the name of Hezbollah. The government of Bahrain was reckless in its decision to lash out at Lebanon, not Hezbollah. What kind of Lebanon do we want? One that stands by while democratic movements or silenced by the gun? Or a Lebanon where we have leaders who will at least voice support for such movements? I choose the Lebanon of bravery and human rights. The one where we call out other countries on such flagrant violations of human rights.

          – Well if you are against the resistance of Israel who has its eyes on our fresh water reserves, natural gas, and land in general, its easy to conclude that such a person is pro-Israel. When Israel comes knocking on our door for what I stated above how will we defend ourselves? Water is the most precious of resources and will only become more valuable. Will you throw stones at the Merkavah to protect our water? Or will you recite a poem? Our army, god bless them, would not stand 12 hours against the IDF. Hezbollah at the very least provides deterrence, and has proven itself to be effective in inflicting military losses to Israel.

          Nahr Al-Bared was not a fight for hezbollah because it was a terrorist group fighting the army, not the Lebanese people. Do you not see your hypocrisy? On one hand you call out hezbollah because they have arms, and on the other you say why didn’t they fight.

          In the long run I believe Hezbollah’s weapons are a problem. The state should have the final say on their use. But I also think it’s too early for that. Hezbollah must keep its arms because they are all we’ve got. Our army is “not allowed” to be strong, and as long as we have a weak government, foriegn blocks on the development of our army will stay in place.

          I do not believe Hezbollah has been weakened. They are the most democratic party we have. They have accepted all outcomes of the democratic process. Mind you, staging the peaceful sit in in Beirut is a right under the democratic system. Can you say the same about Hariri? The one who took the streets and stalled Lebanon’s growth because he did not want to accept the legitimate results of the new governmental make-up. That’s not inline with democracy.

          You mention May 2008 as if there was a violation on Hezbollah’s part. The “government” of Saniora at the time was unconstitutional and by extension illegal. Do you believe in the Lebanese constitution? If you do, this undeniable fact. Because of this reality the “government” cannot pass any motions and has no right to take down a private telecommunications network. The acts of hezbollah were in response to non-state actions of aggression.

          As it currently stands Hezbollah has all the right to arm, and train itself under Lebanese law. Something Hariri agreed to when he was in office. If you don’t like it, the only way to disarm them is with a popular democratic push. That’s how Hezbollah gained this right in the first place– with the majority of the government’s vote.

          My main point is all of Hezbollah’s actions since the formation of their political wing were inline with the democratic process, and Lebanese law.

        • sam_shaker

          Crossed you make good arguments about the resistance and there were no doubts the intentions of it to get rid of Israelis soldiers. But the problem i see double standard here by the resistance while lots of areas in the eastern Lebanon still controlled by Syria. They have kept hush hush about it. Many Lebanese farmers claim that Syrian farmers cross over with their plantations. However and going back to getting rid of Israelis it had two intentions and I am sure you’re not going to like my analysis. The first yes get rid of Israelis and we’re successful then we’re powerful. If we’re powerful we can dictate our own destiny. The problem you’re not the only party or sect in Lebanon and there is no doubt in my mind and many Lebanese that you’re trying to dictate your way in Lebanon. Even currently Hezbollah and Amal lies about building over public properties by supporting the ISF and the law. Yet they allow their thugs to attack ISF on daily basis. I am going to point out several things that hezbollah acting as if its in control and they’re not in order by dates. The surrounding of Beirut Airport in and out actually by Hezbollah to make sure Jamil AL Syed is protected and not arrested by ISF upon his arrival when traveling back and forth to Lebanon. HA armed thugs were standing in pictures behind the security officers to make sure they will not dare do anything. the attack in 2008 on Sunnis and Druze whether you think Saniora gov’t is legit or not?
          what didn’t make it legit? just because some MP’s resigned that didn’t make it illegal to run the country? why didn’t criticize the extensions of Lahoud for 3 years.. was that legit? wasn’t it hariri and jumblat forced to vote for his extensions?
          why attack druze in 2008? why forced a sit-in and destroy the economy while the country still reeling from the devastating war you waged against Israel in 2006. You started it whether you like to admit it or not? You kidnapped their soldiers and multiple times Israeli gov’t asked for their returns on the promise they will not declare full scale war. But even Nassrallah admitted that if he knew that this will lead to full scale war he would not adventure that far.. The Saniora gov’t hands over some funds for the South and your drug lord Nabih Berri steals the money along with Hezbollah. Then they accuse Saniora of not releasing more funds.. Why didn’t you help the Army in Nahr al Bared instead Nassrallah declared that the camp is red sign for the army to enter it. Is this what you call a formula for army and resistance? and lastly we believe wholeheartdly that your Hezbollah and Syria are fully behind many assassinations including hariri. the proof is how are you behaving toward the STL and many times over threatening to blow up Lebanon literally if the Resistance is accused. Do not please ask me for proof because many speeches made by Hezbollah leaders indicated otherwise. Stop hiding behind the resistance and Nassrallah on youtube. here is one speech by him indicating we cannot change the current regime meaning in Lebanon unless we remove Israel. That’s where i mentioned above yes removing Israel but for not just the sake of freeing Lebanon but because it was standing in its ways of establishing the islamic laws in Lebanon and removing the current regime.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaCqMjyWYAE

          Now if i am going to dig here for more videos i can and i can prove myself right. I know you’re going to say that was long time and the current Party ideology changed. But did it really? can you really prove that other than knowing that trying to force such control will take time. You cannot tell me that you have not been successfully able to divide the Christians and Sunnis and now Druze. you have created division among them and you have marginalized at least the Christians to say the least. One last thing however any martyrs died for Lebanon and for the sake of Lebanon I am ever indebted to them and i pray they reach heaven because these are holy warriors. So i salute those martyrs and pray for their families. But you really have to admit that Hezbollah agenda is beyond Israel and has as Nassrallah stated in his speech the whole idea is to make Lebanon follow the supreme Leader of Iran and its rules of Waliat Al Faqih. Even recently a speech by I believe some Sheik in Beqaa indicated recently the he is advocating the rules of Waliat Al Faqih and wants it implemented and will support Iran wholeheartdly in its pursuit of it in Lebanon.
          If you want to ignore all these things and twist facts as you guys in March 8th are masterful at doing go ahead. But in the end when Syrian regime will fall and it will fall. then the middle man is gone and you will be faced with Hostile Sunnis not just in Lebanon but also in Syria. The Arabs will be very careful if the current regimes of the GCC withstood the latest protest to bring any shiites in their countries. Eventually those who are instigating trouble and inciting protests will be kicked out. You’re interfering in their countries and its not Nassrallah Business to do so. One thing yes i admit hariri is not an angel but he’s not the devil as hezbollah is behaving..

      • Crossed

        Hezbollah was not founded by Iran. Hezbollah was formed as an answer to Israeli occupation in South Lebanon. Everything you said is complete nonsense.

        “There were many revolutionary Iranian guards based in the South training and arming Hezbollah” Even if thats true, it still doesn’t mean they founded Hezbollah.

        Mr. Nassrallah didn’t say anything of what you claim he did. Stick to facts, not your oppinions.

        • youyes4u

          Your Mr. Nassrallah is a Yemmeni ,actually his family migrated to Lebanon many decades ago from Yemen.Go figure this one out….and tell the truth to the Lebanese people once for all.

        • youyes4u

          You forgot to add that Hezbo’s the shiite NotoriousTerrorists was also formed to attack Lebanese Druze towns and burn their innocent citizens shops,and also shooting at Druzes homes and terrorizing its occupants of woman and children,hijacking planes,and terrorizing and killing passengers,bombing embassys and army barracks and killings in the name of your shiite allah. I suggest you stick it to your Mr,and stop being the spokes-woman for the Terrorists,it ain’t flying.

        • sam_shaker

          The pro-democracy movement in Syria is not only a courageous and valid struggle for democratic freedoms in one of the region’s most rigid dictatorships; it has also exposed the hypocrisy that has until now successfully hidden one of the great lies of recent Middle East history: that of Hezbollah’s unstinting support of the downtrodden and the oppressed.

          The ongoing Syrian revolt was always going to be uncomfortable for the Party of God. Even as Tunisia and Egypt fell and Bahrain trembled, such was the party’s hubris that it never expected its safe support for those popular revolutions would rebound embarrassingly when the revolutionary spirit spread to the streets of Syria, its main sponsor in Lebanon and a strategic ally of Iran, the party’s über-master.

          When the torch was lit in Syria, Al-Manar, the media arm of Hezbollah, said nothing, giving events in Syria almost zero coverage. As we wrote in a recent editorial, “Popular revolutions are all very well until they interfere with day-to-day business,” and in this case “business” means standing shoulder-to-shoulder with a strategic ally in a bigger regional project that simply cannot be threatened.

          Cue the dirty tricks. Last week, Future bloc MP Jamal al-Jarrah was accused by Hezbollah of supplying weapons to so-called Syrian “terrorists” in a bid to destabilize the regime. The allegations are unfounded and ludicrous and are nothing more than a cheap sucker punch designed to blur the debate over Hezbollah’s reckless offers of support for the Bahraini Shia. (They also smack of hypocrisy, given the fact that Syria has been “destabilizing” Lebanon for years by using its border to supply strategic, long-range weapons to Hezbollah. And we are not just talking about a carload of AK47s either.)

          Indeed, Hezbollah is imposing its own diktat on us all by implying that those of us who support the revolution in Syria are not good Lebanese. It is a new spin on the party’s “you are either with us or against us” creed. In other words, anyone who opposed the Resistance was deemed to be pro-Israeli. Today, anyone who applauds the brave demonstrators who are spilling blood on Syria’s streets in a bid to fashion a modern and democratic nation out of a brutal autocracy is somehow endorsing what Hezbollah might describe as a Western- and/or Zionist-backed conspiracy to bring about the downfall of the last bastion of Arab dignity.

          It’s an easy accusation to make, but sadly for Hezbollah and its allies in March 8 it is becoming harder to make stick. For even Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in his Saturday address to the nation that things had to change. He spoke of what he called the gulf that exists “between citizens and the institutions of the state, a gulf that must quickly be filled.” He admitted that Syrians need not only “security and services, but also dignity” and that “corruption is a threat to morality and to the country’s potential for development.” So where’s the problem?

          The problem is that Hezbollah’s narrative thread is coming undone. The 2006 July War, the 2007 downtown sit-in, its absence on the frontline at Nahr al-Bared, its presence on the streets of Beirut in May 2008, and now its selective support of the so-called Arab spring have further exposed the party’s double standards. Hezbollah is becoming increasingly isolated. It is seen more and more as a regional enforcer rather than the pure and benevolent defender of Lebanon’s dignity it would like us to think it is.

          The days of the old rhetoric have been swept away on the streets of Tunis, Cairo, Sana, Manama and half a dozen town and cities across Syria. To support reform anywhere should enhance, not diminish, one’s moral credentials.

        • sam_shaker

          Crossed you make good arguments about the resistance and there were no doubts the intentions of it to get rid of Israelis soldiers. But the problem i see double standard here by the resistance while lots of areas in the eastern Lebanon still controlled by Syria. They have kept hush hush about it. Many Lebanese farmers claim that Syrian farmers cross over with their plantations. However and going back to getting rid of Israelis it had two intentions and I am sure you’re not going to like my analysis. The first yes get rid of Israelis and we’re successful then we’re powerful. If we’re powerful we can dictate our own destiny. The problem you’re not the only party or sect in Lebanon and there is no doubt in my mind and many Lebanese that you’re trying to dictate your way in Lebanon. Even currently Hezbollah and Amal lies about building over public properties by supporting the ISF and the law. Yet they allow their thugs to attack ISF on daily basis. I am going to point out several things that hezbollah acting as if its in control and they’re not in order by dates. The surrounding of Beirut Airport in and out actually by Hezbollah to make sure Jamil AL Syed is protected and not arrested by ISF upon his arrival when traveling back and forth to Lebanon. HA armed thugs were standing in pictures behind the security officers to make sure they will not dare do anything. the attack in 2008 on Sunnis and Druze whether you think Saniora gov’t is legit or not?
          what didn’t make it legit? just because some MP’s resigned that didn’t make it illegal to run the country? why didn’t criticize the extensions of Lahoud for 3 years.. was that legit? wasn’t it hariri and jumblat forced to vote for his extensions?
          why attack druze in 2008? why forced a sit-in and destroy the economy while the country still reeling from the devastating war you waged against Israel in 2006. You started it whether you like to admit it or not? You kidnapped their soldiers and multiple times Israeli gov’t asked for their returns on the promise they will not declare full scale war. But even Nassrallah admitted that if he knew that this will lead to full scale war he would not adventure that far.. The Saniora gov’t hands over some funds for the South and your drug lord Nabih Berri steals the money along with Hezbollah. Then they accuse Saniora of not releasing more funds.. Why didn’t you help the Army in Nahr al Bared instead Nassrallah declared that the camp is red sign for the army to enter it. Is this what you call a formula for army and resistance? and lastly we believe wholeheartdly that your Hezbollah and Syria are fully behind many assassinations including hariri. the proof is how are you behaving toward the STL and many times over threatening to blow up Lebanon literally if the Resistance is accused. Do not please ask me for proof because many speeches made by Hezbollah leaders indicated otherwise. Stop hiding behind the resistance and Nassrallah on youtube. here is one speech by him indicating we cannot change the current regime meaning in Lebanon unless we remove Israel. That’s where i mentioned above yes removing Israel but for not just the sake of freeing Lebanon but because it was standing in its ways of establishing the islamic laws in Lebanon and removing the current regime.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaCqMjyWYAE

          Now if i am going to dig here for more videos i can and i can prove myself right. I know you’re going to say that was long time and the current Party ideology changed. But did it really? can you really prove that other than knowing that trying to force such control will take time. You cannot tell me that you have not been successfully able to divide the Christians and Sunnis and now Druze. you have created division among them and you have marginalized at least the Christians to say the least. One last thing however any martyrs died for Lebanon and for the sake of Lebanon I am ever indebted to them and i pray they reach heaven because these are holy warriors. So i salute those martyrs and pray for their families. But you really have to admit that Hezbollah agenda is beyond Israel and has as Nassrallah stated in his speech the whole idea is to make Lebanon follow the supreme Leader of Iran and its rules of Waliat Al Faqih. Even recently a speech by I believe some Sheik in Beqaa indicated recently the he is advocating the rules of Waliat Al Faqih and wants it implemented and will support Iran wholeheartdly in its pursuit of it in Lebanon.
          If you want to ignore all these things and twist facts as you guys in March 8th are masterful at doing go ahead. But in the end when Syrian regime will fall and it will fall. then the middle man is gone and you will be faced with Hostile Sunnis not just in Lebanon but also in Syria. The Arabs will be very careful if the current regimes of the GCC withstood the latest protest to bring any shiites in their countries. Eventually those who are instigating trouble and inciting protests will be kicked out. You’re interfering in their countries and its not Nassrallah Business to do so. One thing yes i admit hariri is not an angel but he’s not the devil as hezbollah is behaving..

    • leb_expatriate

      Well you should have said that to HA when they lost democratically. They’re the ones who have been acting like children and sending thugs with sticks onto the streets to threaten people into submission.

      Do you think HA and gang will win at all if a democratic election was held today.

      Stop duping yourself.

    • leb_expatriate

      Well you should have said that to HA when they lost democratically. They’re the ones who have been acting like children and sending thugs with sticks onto the streets to threaten people into submission.

      Do you think HA and gang will win at all if a democratic election was held today.

      Stop duping yourself.

  • Anonymous

    Terrible, terrible reporting.
    “Hezbollah was reportedly created by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in 1982 with the aim of establishing an Islamic republic in Lebanon.”

    Says who? How can you report about Hezbollah and include such erroneous comments? Establishing an Islamic Republic is not even in Hezbollah’s charter, mission statement, or agenda.

    Hariri needs to grow up. He lost his post democratically and acted like a baby by going to the streets. Politics isn’t a game, you either play hardball or sit down.

    • Anonymous

      Crossed you’re the one who likes to distorts and report misleading news. When Hezbollah was established by many Iranian leaders including the head of Iranian opposition Moussawi.. There were many revolutionary Iranian guards based in the South training and arming Hezbollah. Why don’t you check the videos on youtube where many hezbollah leaders including Nassrallah claiming that not only Lebanon will be controlled by Christians anymore but Lebanon will be part of the greater Iran. So stop being a jackass and admit to it. There is no sense in denying it because its written all over the walls. Even the latest Bekaa Sheik Zaki he said he’s in total support of Waliat Al Faqih and establishing it. So what will happen to us christians if this established? we’re already marginalized and becoming second class citizen.. how far will you guys go we don’t know and we don’t trust you judging on the killing and assassinations done by Hezbollah, Iran and Syria especially on 2005 and after.

      • Anonymous

        Hezbollah was not founded by Iran. Hezbollah was formed as an answer to Israeli occupation in South Lebanon. Everything you said is complete nonsense.

        “There were many revolutionary Iranian guards based in the South training and arming Hezbollah” Even if thats true, it still doesn’t mean they founded Hezbollah.

        Mr. Nassrallah didn’t say anything of what you claim he did. Stick to facts, not your oppinions.

        • Anonymous

          Your Mr. Nassrallah is a Yemmeni ,actually his family migrated to Lebanon many decades ago from Yemen.Go figure this one out….and tell the truth to the Lebanese people once for all.

        • Anonymous

          You forgot to add that Hezbo’s the shiite NotoriousTerrorists was also formed to attack Lebanese Druze towns and burn their innocent citizens shops,and also shooting at Druzes homes and terrorizing its occupants of woman and children,hijacking planes,and terrorizing and killing passengers,bombing embassys and army barracks and killings in the name of your shiite allah. I suggest you stick it to your Mr,and stop being the spokes-woman for the Terrorists,it ain’t flying.

        • Anonymous

          The pro-democracy movement in Syria is not only a courageous and valid struggle for democratic freedoms in one of the region’s most rigid dictatorships; it has also exposed the hypocrisy that has until now successfully hidden one of the great lies of recent Middle East history: that of Hezbollah’s unstinting support of the downtrodden and the oppressed.

          The ongoing Syrian revolt was always going to be uncomfortable for the Party of God. Even as Tunisia and Egypt fell and Bahrain trembled, such was the party’s hubris that it never expected its safe support for those popular revolutions would rebound embarrassingly when the revolutionary spirit spread to the streets of Syria, its main sponsor in Lebanon and a strategic ally of Iran, the party’s über-master.

          When the torch was lit in Syria, Al-Manar, the media arm of Hezbollah, said nothing, giving events in Syria almost zero coverage. As we wrote in a recent editorial, “Popular revolutions are all very well until they interfere with day-to-day business,” and in this case “business” means standing shoulder-to-shoulder with a strategic ally in a bigger regional project that simply cannot be threatened.

          Cue the dirty tricks. Last week, Future bloc MP Jamal al-Jarrah was accused by Hezbollah of supplying weapons to so-called Syrian “terrorists” in a bid to destabilize the regime. The allegations are unfounded and ludicrous and are nothing more than a cheap sucker punch designed to blur the debate over Hezbollah’s reckless offers of support for the Bahraini Shia. (They also smack of hypocrisy, given the fact that Syria has been “destabilizing” Lebanon for years by using its border to supply strategic, long-range weapons to Hezbollah. And we are not just talking about a carload of AK47s either.)

          Indeed, Hezbollah is imposing its own diktat on us all by implying that those of us who support the revolution in Syria are not good Lebanese. It is a new spin on the party’s “you are either with us or against us” creed. In other words, anyone who opposed the Resistance was deemed to be pro-Israeli. Today, anyone who applauds the brave demonstrators who are spilling blood on Syria’s streets in a bid to fashion a modern and democratic nation out of a brutal autocracy is somehow endorsing what Hezbollah might describe as a Western- and/or Zionist-backed conspiracy to bring about the downfall of the last bastion of Arab dignity.

          It’s an easy accusation to make, but sadly for Hezbollah and its allies in March 8 it is becoming harder to make stick. For even Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in his Saturday address to the nation that things had to change. He spoke of what he called the gulf that exists “between citizens and the institutions of the state, a gulf that must quickly be filled.” He admitted that Syrians need not only “security and services, but also dignity” and that “corruption is a threat to morality and to the country’s potential for development.” So where’s the problem?

          The problem is that Hezbollah’s narrative thread is coming undone. The 2006 July War, the 2007 downtown sit-in, its absence on the frontline at Nahr al-Bared, its presence on the streets of Beirut in May 2008, and now its selective support of the so-called Arab spring have further exposed the party’s double standards. Hezbollah is becoming increasingly isolated. It is seen more and more as a regional enforcer rather than the pure and benevolent defender of Lebanon’s dignity it would like us to think it is.

          The days of the old rhetoric have been swept away on the streets of Tunis, Cairo, Sana, Manama and half a dozen town and cities across Syria. To support reform anywhere should enhance, not diminish, one’s moral credentials.

        • Anonymous

          @Sam_Shaker

          I agree the pro democracy movement in Syria is valid and perfectly legal.

          -Hezbollah is Lebanese party. It does not have absolute rule over the country. Why would you expect them to march in the streets of Syria? Hezbollah was the group that liberated the South in 2000 and is always uncovering spy rings and devices throughout the country. They still very much represent the downtrodden and oppressed Lebanese not only politically, but in various social, medical, and educational aspects.

          – You are most probably right. Hezbollah’s leadership does feel uncomfortable with the situation in Syria. They have chosen not to comment on that. They learned their lesson from Bahrain. Commenting on Bahrain was unpopular amongst many Lebanese, the best thing to do is refrain from commentary and they are doing just that. Notice they did not come out and support Assad, rather have been mum about everything. You call Iran Hezbollah’s master. Why don’t you draw the same conclusion about Hariri’s camp and KSA? To call Iran the masters of hezbollah is childish. They enjoy Iranian support, but are they still a free Lebanese party and until you or I hear of a direct order from Iran to Hezbollah, there is no proof to claim otherwise.

          -Actually Jarrah was accused by Syria initially, not Hezbollah. How was Mr. Nassralah’s comments reckless? All he said was that the Bahrainis deserve freedom. Where is the fault in this? He did not say it in the name of Lebanon, he said it in the name of Hezbollah. The government of Bahrain was reckless in its decision to lash out at Lebanon, not Hezbollah. What kind of Lebanon do we want? One that stands by while democratic movements or silenced by the gun? Or a Lebanon where we have leaders who will at least voice support for such movements? I choose the Lebanon of bravery and human rights. The one where we call out other countries on such flagrant violations of human rights.

          – Well if you are against the resistance of Israel who has its eyes on our fresh water reserves, natural gas, and land in general, its easy to conclude that such a person is pro-Israel. When Israel comes knocking on our door for what I stated above how will we defend ourselves? Water is the most precious of resources and will only become more valuable. Will you throw stones at the Merkavah to protect our water? Or will you recite a poem? Our army, god bless them, would not stand 12 hours against the IDF. Hezbollah at the very least provides deterrence, and has proven itself to be effective in inflicting military losses to Israel.

          Nahr Al-Bared was not a fight for hezbollah because it was a terrorist group fighting the army, not the Lebanese people. Do you not see your hypocrisy? On one hand you call out hezbollah because they have arms, and on the other you say why didn’t they fight.

          In the long run I believe Hezbollah’s weapons are a problem. The state should have the final say on their use. But I also think it’s too early for that. Hezbollah must keep its arms because they are all we’ve got. Our army is “not allowed” to be strong, and as long as we have a weak government, foriegn blocks on the development of our army will stay in place.

          I do not believe Hezbollah has been weakened. They are the most democratic party we have. They have accepted all outcomes of the democratic process. Mind you, staging the peaceful sit in in Beirut is a right under the democratic system. Can you say the same about Hariri? The one who took the streets and stalled Lebanon’s growth because he did not want to accept the legitimate results of the new governmental make-up. That’s not inline with democracy.

          You mention May 2008 as if there was a violation on Hezbollah’s part. The “government” of Saniora at the time was unconstitutional and by extension illegal. Do you believe in the Lebanese constitution? If you do, this undeniable fact. Because of this reality the “government” cannot pass any motions and has no right to take down a private telecommunications network. The acts of hezbollah were in response to non-state actions of aggression.

          As it currently stands Hezbollah has all the right to arm, and train itself under Lebanese law. Something Hariri agreed to when he was in office. If you don’t like it, the only way to disarm them is with a popular democratic push. That’s how Hezbollah gained this right in the first place– with the majority of the government’s vote.

          My main point is all of Hezbollah’s actions since the formation of their political wing were inline with the democratic process, and Lebanese law.

    • Anonymous

      Well you should have said that to HA when they lost democratically. They’re the ones who have been acting like children and sending thugs with sticks onto the streets to threaten people into submission.

      Do you think HA and gang will win at all if a democratic election was held today.

      Stop duping yourself.

  • master09

    Things are not just crossed but tangled as well.

  • master09

    Things are not just crossed but tangled as well.

  • Anonymous

    Things are not just crossed but tangled as well.

  • marc

    unbelievable one revolution is good and the other is bad … That says it all …

  • marc

    unbelievable one revolution is good and the other is bad … That says it all …

  • marc

    unbelievable one revolution is good and the other is bad … That says it all …