Hezbollah. The new Lebanese army.
Posted by Exile on August 19, 2006
I hate to say the four words that now follow: I told you so. But I have to. According to the Guardian, being quoted on WorldNetDaily, the Lebanese army is not going to lift a finger against Hezbollah. The army is apparently also beyond the control of the government.
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.
Which doesn’t really bode well for the international peacewatching force that is to be put in place. If it is to assist the Lebanese army, then it will also have to assist Hezbollah. The two are one. I was right when I said yesterday, that disarming Hezbollah will mean disarming half the Lebanese army. The army has ‘legitimised’ Hezbollah as a working partner in Lebanon. Which really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone except perhaps the Lebanese Prime Minister who apparently doesn’t have a clue as to what is going on in his land.
I wonder how the UN will get out of this one. The army will blatantly refuse to comply.
Retired general Nizar Abdel-Kader, a former deputy chief of staff for army personnel who is in close communication with the army command, told the Guardian: “The army knows there is a gun in every household, they are not going to go out and look for them … What we are concerned about is the launchers. There is an agreement with Hizbullah that any weapons that are found will be handed over.” A mutual respect and cooperation exists between the army and Hizbullah, according to Gen Kader. “They are two very separate entities but they cooperate on security issues,” he said, adding that many of the army’s troops were from southern Lebanon.
And Kader is backed up by another serving general in the Lebanese army who came with this comment:
“If the mission of the army is to defend the people then the whole country will be behind it, but if it is to act against the resistance, it puts a big question mark over the future of the country,” Gen Hoteit said.
Suggestions from Washington that the Lebanese army should forcibly disarm Hizbullah have been met with alarm by the army command.
It would appear, that if the UN or whoever sends 15000 troops to Lebanon to disarm the Hezbollah as the ceasefire demands, they may well be entering into a war with Hezbollah and the Lebanese army. Forcibly disarming Hezbollah will mean having to fight them, and the Lebanese army will be forced to defend Hezbollah. And I wonder, how many of the international troops from muslim lands will have a real problem with where their loyalties lie? With the UN or with their oh-so-hard-done-by muslim brothers? Personally, I wouldn’t like to have them watching MY back!
It seems to me, that Israel was doing a great job before the UN stopped it with the usual incompetence it excells in, where the middle east is concerned. We reached the stalemate even before we got off the ground.
Screw the international force. It is beaten before it starts. The Lebanese will not disarm hezbollah. Therefore the ceasefire agreement is worthless.
Stand back and give the Israelis some elbow room. Give them free rein and let them do what they were doing so well. If anything, we should be deploying troops to help them. That is the only way we will ever disarm Hezbollah.