Aoun blames M14 for Hezbollah’s private network, update

aoun angry againLebanon’s Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun blamed March 14 for Hezbollah’s expansion of its private telecommunications network and said on Tuesday following his bloc’s weekly meeting that whoever allowed Hezbollah to do that must resolve this issue.

“Whoever allowed Hezbollah to expand its telecommunications network in the 1990s must resolve this issue to prevent similar events to the ones which took place on May 7, 2008,” Aoun said.

He continued: “We are not the ones who established this network. We are not responsible for problems that arose in light of the May 2008 events.”

“What did former Premier Fouad Siniora and then Ministers Marwan Hamadeh and Elias al-Murr do on May 5 and 7, 2008?” he asked.

Gunmen belonging to Hezbollah and its allies occupied Beirut’s western side on May 7, 2008 after the government of then PM Siniora tried to dismantle the group’s telecommunications network.

The May 7 fighting left scores dead and brought the country to the brink of a new civil war.

Tensions were running high in Zahle after members of Hezbollah attempted to expand the party’s telecommunications network in the area on Sunday evening, Voice of Lebanon (100.5) radio reported.

Residents of the city protested the move and temporarily blocked the road in the area.

When asked what the residents of Zahle should do to confront Hezbollah’s actions, Aoun replied: “Let them block roads.”

It noteworthy to mention that Aoun has been a staunch ally of Hezbollah since he signed a MOA with the militant group in 2006

Hamadeh’s response

hamadeh marwan pressMP Marwan Hamadeh, a key member of the March 14 alliance snapped back at Aoun on Tuesday over remarks related to Hezbollah’s controversial telecom network in Zahle, accusing the ministers loyal to Aoun of employing “Hezbollah cronies” at the Ministry of Telecommunications.

Aoun “protected Hezbollah’s May 2008 coup against the Lebanese government, which tried back then to prevent Hezbollah from installing its illegal telecom network,” Hamadeh said, noting that the party “invaded the capital Beirut and attacked Mount Lebanon” to thwart the government’s efforts.

Hamadeh reminded the FPM leader that former telecom “minister Gebran Bassil was the one who assumed the telecom ministry portfolio after the Doha accord which followed the May coup, and it was him and the minister who succeeded him (Nicolas Sehnaoui) who brought Hezbollah cronies to the heart of the telecom ministry and technically abolished the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.”

The MP, who served as telecom minister in Siniora’s cabinet, hailed “the residents, MPs and dignitaries of Zahle for their steadfastness” and lauded the municipality and residents of the Bekaa town of Tarshish, where a similar confrontation over Hezbollah’s private network had taken place in the past.

Hamadeh called on the military and security institutions to “draw lessons from the vigor of the Lebanese public opinion and prevent any May 7-like coup.”

There was an uproar in October 2011 when Hezbollah also attempted to expand its telecommunications network in the town of Tarshish on the outskirts of Zahle.

The residents thwarted the attempts and Telecommunications Ministry at the time defended that party and denied it was conducting any works in the region.

  • rossoferrari

    Here we go again passing the blame on others than him and his bloc. This guy is insane and unstable he changes position by the second, he is mercurial in his behavior like he knows it all. Yet he continues to be a failure. He then supported zabrallah and now he is putting the onus on M14. Where were you you SOB when zuballah were camping in the center of the city, where was your voice and opinion!!!! you are a dumb politician and do not belong in the Lebanese political arena and not only you but others as well, but they are not as poignant as you are. I feel bad for you because you did not achieve your goals and not because you couldn’t, but because of your stupidity and this comes from a disenchanted and once a staunch supporters of you. You just do not want to heed and consider others opinion and input. You wanted to do it all alone and in a weak and marginal approach that compromised your position and unfortunately the position of the constituents. Soon, you will be visited in asfourieh where you belong.

  • rossoferrari

    Here we go again passing the blame on others than him and his bloc. This guy is insane and unstable he changes position by the second, he is mercurial in his behavior like he knows it all. Yet he continues to be a failure. He then supported zabrallah and now he is putting the onus on M14. Where were you you SOB when zuballah were camping in the center of the city, where was your voice and opinion!!!! you are a dumb politician and do not belong in the Lebanese political arena and not only you but others as well, but they are not as poignant as you are. I feel bad for you because you did not achieve your goals and not because you couldn’t, but because of your stupidity and this comes from a disenchanted and once a staunch supporters of you. You just do not want to heed and consider others opinion and input. You wanted to do it all alone and in a weak and marginal approach that compromised your position and unfortunately the position of the constituents. Soon, you will be visited in asfourieh where you belong.

  • libnan1

    You are the master of your domain, anyone messes with you ends up in pain, you have the power that one can sustain, you have the temptation no one can obtain, glory to you for standing for the Lebasese ordain …

    • LF for life

      that was the stupidest thing i have every read before!

      • LF for life

        any one who follows Aoun has mental problems and i feel sorry for them.

        • LF for life

          i sometimes I think Aoun messed up Lebanon more then Hezzbollah has!

          • LF for life

            i feel like venting against all who support Aoun and his tayyar. so im sorry if im affending anyone. but as someone who loves Lebanon so much! regardless of my religion. This guy (Aoun) set his sights on the presidency a while back and no matter how much he was going to mess up Lebanon to get there (which he has)
            and he is still and will NEVER be president. Im not saying that all politicians especially in Lebanon are not to blame for what the country has become, but I blame Aoun the most!
            Phhh a lek and we all wish you just stayed in France! go back please

          • libnan1

            You can vent all you want as long as it’s civil. I happen to disagree with you but that is OK. As far as loving Lebanon it makes two of us. I left Lebanon at a young age and haven’t been back in 20 years. My kids are surprised of how much I love Lebanon.
            Yes, Aoun wanted to be a president and rightfully so but that is not his main objective. He would have aligned himself with M14 and he would have been a president. He looked around the M14 and they were criminals except maybe for Hariri but the later had his alliance to Saudi. So he found in HA a great partner to save Lebanon and the story continues, time will tell.

          • master09

            He is a thief just like the others. I only wish I can speak the things they did. I am related to someone that was better than a fly on the wall. You see they used to sit on the same table. But my lips are closed and you know nothing of the thief he and the others are.

          • LF for life

            i hate admitting that the country i love so much is run by such bad and corrupt people. i wonder sometimes what Lebanon’s future will be if we continue down this path of self destruction. because in the end even though we always depend on other countries to solve our problems, no one is too blame except for the Lebanese for whatever the outcome is. and its looks HORRIBLE! 🙁

          • jaballubnan

            This is land is everybody’s land…who has the most money rule!

          • Hannibal

            A thief indeed… Also he was caught laundering money for Assad using his own daughters incriminating them in crimes he will pay for as the tides turn.

          • jaballubnan

            You are kidding right? left 20 years ago and have not learned a thing, apparently!

          • 5thDrawer

            It becomes frustrating, doesn’t it?

      • libnan1

        Thank you, Kelack zawk

        • Guest

          Hi.

        • jaballubnan

          Did you get some! of that highway robbery ?

      • 5thDrawer

        We’re used to him … at least he found rhyming words this time. :-)))

    • nagy_michael2

      Yes he is the master of Al assfouriah.. that where you and him belongs..

    • Hannibal

      Someone will cut his index finger and shove it up your ass… Then cut his middle finger and shove it down your throat and as you turn from orange to red cut his schlong and shove it through your ears so you may turn orange again… LOL

    • jaballubnan

      Time is not on your side, Aoun is looking for a thread to hang on to, and at the end will drown or will change course for another alliance to keep going..keep milking that cow boy! time will

  • libnan1

    You are the master of your domain, anyone messes with you ends up in pain, you have the power that one can sustain, you have the temptation no one can obtain, glory to you for standing for the Lebasese ordain …

    • LF for life

      that was the stupidest thing i have every read before!

      • LF for life

        any one who follows Aoun has mental problems and i feel sorry for them.

        • LF for life

          i sometimes I think Aoun messed up Lebanon more then Hezzbollah has!

          • LF for life

            i feel like venting against all who support Aoun and his tayyar. so im sorry if im affending anyone. but as someone who loves Lebanon so much! regardless of my religion. This guy (Aoun) set his sights on the presidency a while back and no matter how much he was going to mess up Lebanon to get there (which he has)
            and he is still and will NEVER be president. Im not saying that all politicians especially in Lebanon are not to blame for what the country has become, but I blame Aoun the most!
            Phhh a lek and we all wish you just stayed in France! go back please

          • libnan1

            You can vent all you want as long as it’s civil. I happen to disagree with you but that is OK. As far as loving Lebanon it makes two of us. I left Lebanon at a young age and haven’t been back in 20 years. My kids are surprised of how much I love Lebanon.
            Yes, Aoun wanted to be a president and rightfully so but that is not his main objective. He would have aligned himself with M14 and he would have been a president. He looked around the M14 and they were criminals except maybe for Hariri but the later had his alliance to Saudi. So he found in HA a great partner to save Lebanon and the story continues, time will tell.

          • master09

            He is a thief just like the others. I only wish I can speak the things they did. I am related to someone that was better than a fly on the wall. You see they used to sit on the same table. But my lips are closed and you know nothing of the thief he and the others are.

          • LF for life

            i hate admitting that the country i love so much is run by such bad and corrupt people. i wonder sometimes what Lebanon’s future will be if we continue down this path of self destruction. because in the end even though we always depend on other countries to solve our problems, no one is too blame except for the Lebanese for whatever the outcome is. and its looks HORRIBLE! 🙁

          • jaballubnan

            This is land is everybody’s land…who has the most money rule!

          • Hannibal

            A thief indeed… Also he was caught laundering money for Assad using his own daughters incriminating them in crimes he will pay for as the tides turn.

          • jaballubnan

            You are kidding right? left 20 years ago and have not learned a thing, apparently!

          • 5thDrawer

            It becomes frustrating, doesn’t it?

      • libnan1

        Thank you, Kelack zawk

        • cook2half

          Hi.

        • jaballubnan

          Did you get some! of that highway robbery ?

      • 5thDrawer

        We’re used to him … at least he found rhyming words this time. :-)))

    • nagy_michael2

      Yes he is the master of Al assfouriah.. that where you and him belongs..

    • Hannibal

      Someone will cut his index finger and shove it up your ass… Then cut his middle finger and shove it down your throat and as you turn from orange to red cut his schlong and shove it through your ears so you may turn orange again… LOL

    • jaballubnan

      Time is not on your side, Aoun is looking for a thread to hang on to, and at the end will drown or will change course for another alliance to keep going..keep milking that cow boy! time will

  • what good is living in a palace if the family that lives in it is divided with so much contempt for one another ? yes Lebanon is physically beautiful and childhood memories give me the warm and fuzzies but make no mistake that warm feelings and nostalgia will not sanitize the depth of hatred and corruption so deeply rooted in the culture!
    Our past is shameful and a sin by any standard yet our pride and drive to justify past events keeps us from shedding the fruitless old personality and so called love for flag. the flag is like a zip code! you cant hurt its feelings!!! what matters is that the people be united and reach out to one another without the permission or blessing of a politician or a religious figure. Lebanon will never be the same! Syria will never be the same! as long as every one thinks they are 100% right no one will budge and admit being wrong.
    peoples feelings are put on a pedestal in a holy temple higher than god himself, yet truth about anything is treated like a monster or a ghoul locked up and hidden in dungen!
    So what is there to love? people make or break the difference and sorry but very few are wise enough to conclude that our generation has LITTLE time left to enjoy peace of mind and peace of heart by embracing one another as human beings minus country or flag for that matter.

  • what good is living in a palace if the family that lives in it is divided with so much contempt for one another ? yes Lebanon is physically beautiful and childhood memories give me the warm and fuzzies but make no mistake that warm feelings and nostalgia will not sanitize the depth of hatred and corruption so deeply rooted in the culture!
    Our past is shameful and a sin by any standard yet our pride and drive to justify past events keeps us from shedding the fruitless old personality and so called love for flag. the flag is like a zip code! you cant hurt its feelings!!! what matters is that the people be united and reach out to one another without the permission or blessing of a politician or a religious figure. Lebanon will never be the same! Syria will never be the same! as long as every one thinks they are 100% right no one will budge and admit being wrong.
    peoples feelings are put on a pedestal in a holy temple higher than god himself, yet truth about anything is treated like a monster or a ghoul locked up and hidden in dungen!
    So what is there to love? people make or break the difference and sorry but very few are wise enough to conclude that our generation has LITTLE time left to enjoy peace of mind and peace of heart by embracing one another as human beings minus country or flag for that matter.

  • The real lebanese

    I dont understand his logic. What does Siniora attempting to dismantle HAs telecom in 2008 have to do with HA setting up a telecom today? Is it just me or does this guy always talk gibberish?

    • jaballubnan

      Did you garbage?

      • The real lebanese

        What?

      • 5thDrawer

        Only on the Sidon mountain.

    • 5thDrawer

      It has nothing to do with it … but like the crusades, it keeps coming up in the local conversations. It’s a bad Lebanese habit I guess – dragging up the fights of the ancestors every day. :-))

  • The real lebanese

    I dont understand his logic. What does Siniora attempting to dismantle HAs telecom in 2008 have to do with HA setting up a telecom today? Is it just me or does this guy always talk gibberish?

    • jaballubnan

      Did you garbage?

      • The real lebanese

        What?

      • 5thDrawer

        Only on the Sidon mountain.

    • 5thDrawer

      It has nothing to do with it … but like the crusades, it keeps coming up in the local conversations. It’s a bad Lebanese habit I guess – dragging up the fights of the ancestors every day. :-))

  • 5thDrawer

    Now Aoun doesn’t like SPIES … hehehehe … finally woke up to what a ‘private network’ can do?? 😉
    Hmmm .. something like TV stations, except in reverse … right?
    The net gathers info for Nasty’s ‘Prime-time’ diatribes from his private underground studio.

  • 5thDrawer

    Now Aoun doesn’t like SPIES … hehehehe … finally woke up to what a ‘private network’ can do?? 😉
    Hmmm .. something like TV stations, except in reverse … right?

  • libnan1

    Orange for ever !!! DEAL WITH IT.

    • 5thDrawer

      Halloween Specials. :-)))) Orange and Black.

  • libnan1

    Orange for ever !!! DEAL WITH IT.

    • 5thDrawer

      Halloween Specials. :-))))