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Lebanese Army Memo: “Stand With Hezbollah”

From the UK’s Guardian:

Stand alongside Hizbullah, Lebanon’s army tells troops

Clancy Chassay in Beirut
Saturday August 19, 2006

An internal Lebanese army statement, circulated among forces in the past week, has called for troops to stand "alongside your resistance and your people who astonished the world with its steadfastness and destroyed the prestige of the so-called invincible army after it was defeated".

The circular has alarmed ministers in the Lebanese cabinet who had been calling for the army to disarm Hizbullah.

It will also fuel the concerns of Israel, the US and the UN security council that the Lebanese army is incapable of securing the south of the country, adding increased urgency to the calls for a multinational force to be swiftly deployed.

According to sources close to the army command, there has been a tacit agreement between Hizbullah and the army that those fighters who hail from the south will return to their villages and all arms will be put out of sight. Publicly displayed weapons will be seized but any further attempt to disarm the group has been ruled out for the time being…

Ordinary Americans are now enemies of Hizbullah, a Shia cleric said yesterday at the funerals of the 29 victims of the July 29 Qana bombing, above.

"American people, you are partners in these massacres, you are partners in this war," said Nabil Kaouk, the leading Hizbullah official in southern Lebanon. "After this no Lebanese can trust an American. You are all murderers and criminals." …

Yes, I can see where this might fuel some concerns. Though it shouldn’t surprise anyone — except maybe the UN and our one party media.

Such as the "Paper Of Treason," the New York Times:

Villagers Cheer as Lebanese Army Marches South

August 19, 2006

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 18 — Villagers danced in the streets and threw rice on Friday as the Lebanese Army’s soldiers reached the southern border with Israel for the first time in decades, and Hezbollah volunteers handed out grants of $12,000 — in stacks of American dollars — as part of its vigorous campaign to help families whose houses were destroyed over the past month.

Mass funerals were held across southern Lebanon for hundreds of people killed in the bombings, including scores of Hezbollah fighters who were hailed as heroes and martyrs. Ambulances, sirens wailing, made way for funeral processions, and the stench of death pervaded the streets. In Tyre, almost 200 bodies were dug up from a temporary mass grave and reburied individually.

The funerals, mostly arranged by Hezbollah, illustrated the group’s near-total power over southern Lebanon and underscored the uncertainty of the Lebanese Army’s new mission there. Israel and the United States have said they expect the Lebanese Army to disarm Hezbollah under the terms of a United Nations Security Council resolution.

But even as southern residents cheered the arriving soldiers, Hezbollah banners waved nearby. The group’s members have said they have no intention of giving up their weapons for now. Government officials have made clear that the 15,000 soldiers being sent to southern Lebanon will not search for weapons. The United Nations peacekeepers expected to join the Lebanese Army will not do any disarming either, United Nations officials say

Just like every other United Nations resolution, this one will also be ignored.

What purpose does the UN serve again?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, August 19th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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