Rai: It is shameful to obstruct the state and claim it can’t protect us

patriarch rai in syria 5Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai criticized Hezbollah security measures on Tuesday without naming the militant group and questioned its skepticism of the army and security forces’ competency in protecting Lebanon.
He was referring to Hezbollah checkpoints in and around its stronghold of Dahieh in Beirut’s southern suburbs in after a bombing in the Ruwais area in which scores were killed and wounded.

Many politicians have since criticized the party for its security measures, but Hezbollah officials have denied that they have adopted autonomous security measures with MP Mohammed Raad saying that the party had repeatedly urged the state’s security forces to assume their duties in protecting Dahieh, but these demands were not fulfilled, a claim that was refuted by the minister of interior Marwan Charbel who had stressed last week that only the state’s security agencies are entitled to set up checkpoints.
“It is shameful for us to obstruct the role of the state and claim that it is unable to protect us,” al-Rai said before traveling to Rome on a week-long visit where he is scheduled to meet Pope Francis I.

On the other hand Rai praised President Michel Suleiman for seeking the interests of Lebanon and its constitutional institutions.

Rai said: “We have no need for autonomous security. Those who adopt such measures do not trust the state.”

“We must all strengthen the state and pay the necessary taxes,” he continued.

“We must all abide by the law and preserve the state’s institutions and security forces,” he remarked.

“We must abandon our personal and foreign interests for the sake of Lebanon,” he demanded.

Moreover, al-Rahi said that Suleiman needs the support of all sides in order to protect the country.

He said: “We must protect Lebanon through the Baabda Declaration.”

The patriarch added: “The president is the head of the country and he is calling for the assistance of all sides and we should therefore comply with his demands in order to complete the rest of the Lebanese body.”

“All sides should preserve the country and cooperate for the sake of the state,” al-Rahi stressed.

“A strong state protects us all, but a weak one won’t be able to protect anyone,” he noted.

“We hope that Lebanon will be allowed to play its role as a message of diversity and act as an oasis in the Arab world,” he continued.

Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel had stressed last week that only the state’s security agencies are entitled to set up checkpoints.

We are the state
Hezbollah elements told a journalist that they detained at a checkpoint last Saturday: “we are the state”

Al Anwar newspaper journalist Maha al Rifai , was beaten , cursed and insulted by the Hezbollah elements that were manning the checkpoint when she insisted that a Lebanese internal police officer should attend to the matter . One of the Hezbollah elements even tried to hit her with an electric cane .

One of the Hezbollah elements then told her : “Don’t you ever think you can come back to the Dhahieh area” and continued to curse her.

This development took place a day after Hezbollah detained Journalist Hussein Shamas and assaulted him at its a checkpoints near Galerie Samaan, a mostly Christian area bordering the Hezbollah stronghold of Dhahieh

  • The real lebanese

    Amen.

  • The real lebanese

    Amen.

  • Fauzia45

    How can a state exist and function when there is such a strong armed group??

    • 5thDrawer

      It doesn’t …. where’s the electricity?? Who gets some, and who doesn’t? Who pays the monthly bills? Which towns have given up on the concept of ‘Leb-state’ and begun their own infrastructure programmes? Look around … not all of them spend the money on guns.

  • Fauzia45

    How can a state exist and function when there is such a strong armed group??

    • 5thDrawer

      It doesn’t …. where’s the electricity?? Who gets some, and who doesn’t? Who pays the monthly bills? Which towns have given up on the concept of ‘Leb-state’ and begun their own infrastructure programmes? Look around … not all of them spend the money on guns.

  • Patience2

    Criticize Hezbia?? Him?? Am I hearing correctly, he criticizes Hezbia?? These are his pets, there’s something wrong, here!

    • Hannibal

      Being anti a hijacked FSA does not mean he is pro Hezbollah… Rai is pro Lebanon. We cannot ignore HA’s sacrifices in South Lebanon but we all are AGAINST HA’s hegemony over Lebanon.
      I will also add I am against the Islamic nature of their party as you cannot be Islamic resistance and take part of a Lebanese matrix made of other sects and religions. Religion has got to go from the Lebanese equation. Lebanon MUST be a free democratic secular sovereign state free of Palestinians, Syrians, and Israelis. Now let us work on the hearts and minds of those bigots.

      • IraniAngel

        first n foremost free of iranians… inshallah ya rabb…

      • Patience2

        I agree with most all of what you say except it’ll be a long while before I trust Rai.

  • Patience2

    Criticize Hezbia?? Him?? Am I hearing correctly, he criticizes Hezbia?? These are his pets, there’s something wrong, here!

    • Hannibal

      Being anti a hijacked FSA does not mean he is pro Hezbollah… Rai is pro Lebanon. We cannot ignore HA’s sacrifices in South Lebanon but we all are AGAINST HA’s hegemony over Lebanon.
      I will also add I am against the Islamic nature of their party as you cannot be Islamic resistance and take part of a Lebanese matrix made of other sects and religions. Religion has got to go from the Lebanese equation. Lebanon MUST be a free democratic secular sovereign state free of Palestinians, Syrians, and Israelis. Now let us work on the hearts and minds of those bigots.

      • IraniAngel

        first n foremost free of iranians… inshallah ya rabb…

      • Patience2

        I agree with most all of what you say except it’ll be a long while before I trust Rai.

  • zabada

    Syiit will take their orders from Iran not Lebanon.They are weird people.They are practicing Taqiya…always can be a liar.

    • Peaceforleb

      Have you nothing new to say, always the same old crap. At the very least, these people you so criticize don’t decapitate another human while they scream out Allah Akbar. The ones you support Zabri do. And what religion do they follow. THE SUNNI RELIGION. The religion that is built on Hadith.

      • zabada

        I m advising them.

        • 5thDrawer

          heheehe … quick reply … :-))

  • zabada

    Syiit will take their orders from Iran not Lebanon.They are weird people.

    • Peaceforleb

      Have you nothing new to say, always the same old crap. At the very least, these people you so criticize don’t decapitate another human while they scream out Allah Akbar. The ones you support Zabri do. And what religion do they follow. THE SUNNI RELIGION. The religion that is built on Hadith.

      • zabada

        I m advising them.

        • 5thDrawer

          heheehe … quick reply … :-))