Mikati: Hezbollah is a Tumor

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati described Hezbollah several times as a “tumor” during a meeting on December 18, 2008 with US State Department official David Hale and former US Ambassador to Lebanon Michele Sison.

“The group’s mini-state must be removed in order to preserve Lebanon,” he added.

Mikati also said that Hezbollah’s ultimate goal in Lebanon was to create an Iranian military base on the Mediterranean from which Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic revolution could be carried to the West.

Regarding Lebanese-Syrian ties, he noted that diplomatic relations with Syria were purely “cosmetic,” but also confirmed that better relations with its neighbor provided the Lebanese government with space to counter Hezbollah.

Responding to a question about the premiership in the event of a March 8 electoral victory, Mikati said he would refuse the position because he would not be representing the Sunni population, adding that becoming prime minister without the full support of the Sunni community would always result in failure.

He also described President Michel Suleiman as quiet and unchallenging, adding that he had a “worrisome” conversation with Suleiman on December 17 in which the President said his job was easier than he had expected.

Mikati also described the Lebanese Armed Forces as polarized in favor of March 8 with most officers supporting Hezbollah and Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun over President Suleiman. Now Lebanon

  • 5thDrawer

    Well, he was right in 2008. Wonder what happened?

    • shankarees

      He spoke the truth once and then went back to deception. 

      • in all fairness i wonder why  in the world  he considered becoming  prime minister under the current circumstances having to be  a partner in this freak show? especially if you got it made in the private sector. either way i cant help pity his position as it is a difficult one  to be in.

        • antar2011

          the temptation of being in power …that’s the only reason he changed stances.
          hizbollah dangled the chair in front of miqati’s eyes and the latter couldn’t resist.
          same with sulaiwoman.

  • Anonymous

    Well, he was right in 2008. Wonder what happened?

    • Anonymous

      He spoke the truth once and then went back to deception. 

      • in all fairness i wonder why  in the world  he considered becoming  prime minister under the current circumstances having to be  a partner in this freak show? especially if you got it made in the private sector. either way i cant help pity his position as it is a difficult one  to be in.

        • Anonymous

          the temptation of being in power …that’s the only reason he changed stances.
          hizbollah dangled the chair in front of miqati’s eyes and the latter couldn’t resist.
          same with sulaiwoman.

  • ouch baby!
    but seriously  i believe the contents of the above article are likely an accurate assessment of what is going on behind doors.
    my question is why did he go along with the gig?
    and the president is so comfortable with his position he must listen to bob marley as he smokes lebanese vegetation or he is in a coma.
    like i said before it takes big kahunas to take the bull by the horn and represent the people, but then again the assassins are just around the corner waiting for the next guy that resists the bosses in control.

  • ouch baby!
    but seriously  i believe the contents of the above article are likely an accurate assessment of what is going on behind doors.
    my question is why did he go along with the gig?
    and the president is so comfortable with his position he must listen to bob marley as he smokes lebanese vegetation or he is in a coma.
    like i said before it takes big kahunas to take the bull by the horn and represent the people, but then again the assassins are just around the corner waiting for the next guy that resists the bosses in control.

  • guss043

    Right on comment about Suleiman, I cant stand this guy who dragged Nahr el Bared battle until he guaranteed his presidency with the Syrian , he used this fight and sacrificed  the best of the officers for his   ff chair in Baabda.Where is you rpmise to mother of Francois El Haj to beirng his killers to Justice.
    Louzy ” Mitl el Naasan”,please no more president from this louzy army

  • guss043

    Right on comment about Suleiman, I cant stand this guy who dragged Nahr el Bared battle until he guaranteed his presidency with the Syrian , he used this fight and sacrificed  the best of the officers for his   ff chair in Baabda.Where is you rpmise to mother of Francois El Haj to beirng his killers to Justice.
    Louzy ” Mitl el Naasan”,please no more president from this louzy army

  • Patience2

    Now Lebanon ….. What?(I’m waiting with bated breath!!)

  • Anonymous

    Now Lebanon ….. What?(I’m waiting with bated breath!!)

  • libnan1

    Drinking, smoking and typing on a keyboard is a bad combination.  

  • Anonymous

    Drinking, smoking and typing on a keyboard is a bad combination.  

  • Anonymous

    Drinking, smoking and typing on a keyboard is a bad combination.  

  • Mosetsfire

    you kno what they say” Ya Muqaleebal Qulub, Thabet Qalbe 3alal Haq”

  • you kno what they say” Ya Muqaleebal Qulub, Thabet Qalbe 3alal Haq”