Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun said during a dinner gathering for his party: Thanks god we have the resistance ( Hezbollah ) arms.
Aoun , who is the former army chief added , if we had a real army we would not have needed the resistance .
Commenting on the Sunday rally by the March 14 alliance against the non-state ( illegal ) arms, Aoun said : It is better if they go to sleep and not bother themselves about the arms because no one can in the world help them disarm the resistance , not the UN , nor the United States nor Israel and if the arms have been used internally it is because they ( March 14 ) deserve it .
March 14 marks the 6th anniversary of the Cedar revolution when over 1 million Lebanese gathered in downtown Beirut to protest against the murder of the late PM Rafik Hariri and called on Syrian troops to leave Lebanon. The Syrian troops withdrew in April 2005, but the Syrian regime retained its influence through Hezbollah and its March 8 allies.
Rejection of non-state weapons is the main theme of March 14’s media campaign in the run-up to the rally.
The March 14 coalition is holding the rally on Sunday March 13 because it is a holiday “to reaffirm its commitment to the principles of the Cedar Revolution” , according to a Future Movement statement.
Caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri , son of the assassinated leader vowed last week to fight the use of non-state weapons “peacefully and democratically.”