Hariri og de 21 andre sine drapsmenn

STL la ikke for lenge siden ut arrestordre på fire menn.

Her er de fire;

MUSTAFA AMINE BADREDDINE
HUSSEIN HASSAN ONEISSI
SALIM JAMIL AYYASH
ASSAD HASSAN SABRA

For litt ironisk vri på Nasrallahs tale. Bruk CC for engelsk tekst, for de som måtte trenge det.

Og nei, israelsk mat er ikke bedre enn libanesisk, men nå er forsåvidt israelsk mat eksakt lik som den libanesiske. For tabbouleh er det bare å se her.

Nasrallahs tale 2 juli 2011

Etter at STL, ventet, gikk ut med tiltale mot fire personer med sterk tilknytning til Hezbollah så var det klart at Nasrallah ville komme med tale;

“In the name of God, the holy, the merciful. Peace and mercy be upon all of you. The nature of the latest events compelled us to hold a press conference, however, my [speech] will replace the press conference. We will be displaying videos throughout the address. I will not be repeating what I have already stated, yet we need to talk about new issues. Of course, the reason for the address is the occasion of what it is said to be the release of the indictment [of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL)] that has named brothers in the Resistance.

This is the result of a process, which is becoming clearer and clearer after Israel’s defeat in the 2006 July War and also after the French newspaper Le Figaro reported in August, 2006 that the STL is moving toward indicting Hezbollah members. We assumed at the time that the tribunal was being used as a [retaliation] tool after the Resistance triumphed against Israel. We were clear in the past that we cannot disregard the STL because it is the result of a UN Security Council resolution and it has a purpose that it wants to accomplish.

You remember, we spoke about [the attempts] to distort the image of the Resistance and to incite a strife between the Sunnis and Shia in Lebanon. The timing of the STL indictment release has also a goal of its own that we will tackle it throughout the address.

The first thing we will talk about is the international commission investigating [of the 2005 murder of Rafik Hariri]. The second point will be the tribunal, which is headed by [Judge Antonio] Cassese, and who we are being told to deal with. The third issue [I] will be talking about is our position vis-a-vis the indictment of the court.

Firstly, concerning the investigation: The investigation is supposed to find the truth and uncover it. At first, [the investigation] intended [to target] Syria and its officials, then it moved toward [involving] Hezbollah in the murder. We mentioned the possibility of having Israel involved in the murder and the fact that [Israeli] agents were present at the murder scene one day before the murder. Question: Did [STL Prosecutor Daniel] Bellemare take into account the evidence we had spoken about? No one in the STL even asked the Israelis anything. This is normal, why? Because the tribunal, since its formation, had a precise goal and no one was allowed to talk to the Israelis. It is not Hezbollah’s job to conduct a full investigation and submit its results to the STL. Nonetheless, this [is pointless] because the probe is politicized. Instead of investigating the Israelis, [the STL] gathered information from them. Imagine that Israel, instead of being under investigation, it has become a source of information and [the tribunal] is cooperating with.

The people know that when Daniel Bellemare was appointed as the tribunal’s prosecutor and after the cancelling of the internal commission investigating the probe, employees were transported and taken out of Beirut. There are 97 computers that belonged to the internal commission investigating the probe which were transported through the Naqoura border crossing and taken [to Israel]. The question is: why does Bellemare want to take these computers from Lebanon through Israel? Why didn’t they ship them out of the Beirut port? Can Mr. Bellemare answer this question? We will show you a document that proves the computers were transported from South Lebanon to Israel.
Fourth, if this was a just probe, the investigators and experts would not be against the Resistance and they would not have ties with US Intelligence. One of Bellemare’s assistants is a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative. All of Bellemare’s officers are not neutral and are not seeking the truth.

[A video footage shows information about STL investigators: Najib Nick Keldas, of Australian descent, is shown as having ties to the CIA.

Second, Michael Taylor, third Darell Mandeze, a former Marines officer – from the US – is also presented as having tight relations with the CIA and the FBI.

Also, Doureid Bcherawi, a Lebanese – French citizen, is the first one who accused Syria of murdering Hariri without possessing any piece of evidence.

Additionally, Robert Bear, American, former CIA officer who still has ties to the agency and who worked in Lebanon for years to track down [slain Hezbollah officer] Imad Mughniyeh.]

In addition to the probe’s lack of credibility, the investigators were corrupt, and justice cannot be served. We would like to talk about an example: Commissioner Gerhard Lehmann, [Former Commissioner of the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission into the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri] Detlev Mehlis’s assistant, sold information related to the investigation and was corrupt.

[VIDEO FOOTAGE: Lehmann has ties to the Israelis and got paid in return for selling certain reports pertaining to the murder probe.]

Also, the investigation commission was linked to the witnesses who gave unreliable testimonies to the commission. Moreover, Bellemare personally worked and followed up on the mission to lift the international warrant against [the Syrian agent who allegedly misled a UN probe into the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri] Mohammad Zouhair al-Siddiq, because [the investigators] were involved in it.

This investigation was not secret, everything was leaked in newspapers. Is there any credibility left? There are leaks made by the STL’s investigative committee [to the international community] in order to distort the image of the Resistance. Where is the secrecy of the investigation? The worst thing happened a few days ago, when the STL delegation of investigators met with [Attorney General Judge] Said Mirza to deliver the indictment and at the same time, the names of the indicted people were being broadcast through media outlets. Did Bellemare investigate the way the names were leaked? I would assume not.

The second main point I would like to talk about is how the indictment is being politically employed. I think the STL indictment was released at this point in time in an attempt to obstruct the parliament in granting its vote of confidence to the newly-formed Lebanese cabinet. There is an aim to bring down the new cabinet. Furthermore [the March 14 parties] want to use the indictment as a weapon in their campaign against the cabinet of Najib Mikati.
A lot of rules and procedures used in the STL’s [investigative process] are very suspicious. There is no justice in the prosecutor’s office. Were the four Lebanese generals – who were detained for four years on suspicion of involvement with the [Rafik Hariri] murder – ever compensated for being detained?

Let us now see who [STL President Judge] Antonio Cassese really is. He is a friend of the Israelis.

[VIDEO FOOTAGE: Antonio Cassese, the current STL president, a close friend of Israel. During the 2010 Herzliya Conference [Israel’s primary global policy annual gathering], Cassese was described as a “friend of Israel who was not able to attend the meeting.”]

To the Lebanese people, who are hearing reports that there might be strife or war in Lebanon, I would like to say that there will not be conflict between the Lebanese, especially between the Sunnis and the Shia. Rest assured, nothing has happened or will happen, unless a third party will interfere seeking to spark a conflict. We are supposed to preserve [peace in] the country and prevent the STL and its indictment from reaching its goals [i.e. to spark a conflict]. Therefore, no need to worry.

I would like to tell the March 14 parties that you have the right to form an opposition…. but I have two pieces of advice for you. The first is to not hold the cabinet of Prime Minister Najib Mikati responsible for not being able to carry out the arrest warrants [of the STL’s prosecutor’s office]. Even if the cabinet was backed by March 14, it will not be able to carry out the warrants and arrest the indicted people. I don’t think that they will be able to arrest; not in 30 days… not in 300 years.

Second piece of advice for March 14: Do not ask PM Mikati to give up his goals in order to remain in power, just like [ former PM] Saad Hariri did.

Finally, I want to tell the supporters of the Resistance to not be worried; this is part of a war we are fighting since the establishment of the Zionist entity. For us, this war is not surprising and it does not affect us. We have been ready since the 1980s. We have to handle it as if it were something normal, they will not get to us. There will not be any problem, we will fight this bravely and firmly.

I also want to tell our supporters that there are some, including certain Lebanese figures, who want to provoke you. Some people are dreaming of it, especially some March 14 Christians. [Our supporters] might be provoked, but do not give course to these provocations, we must be patient and disregard incitements.

To sum up, this investigation and this tribunal were established to serve a political goal, the STL. Its rules and its president were selected to serve the same goal. This tribunal is American and Israeli, we reject it and everything issued by it. We consider it an act of aggression against us and we will not let it get to us and we will not allow it to incite strife in Lebanon.

If we act reasonably and wisely, I think we can overcome this incident. The expectations of the Israelis will not be met, the Resistance is firm and strong. Do not worry about [the Resistance]. Peace and mercy be upon you all.”

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Gi meg sjansen så skal jeg rævkjøre Hezbollah

Ikke mine ord, selv om prinsipielt hadde det ikke vært meg i mot. De falt visst fra Saad Hariri i 2006 til den amerikanske ambassadør.

3. (C/NF) Seated in粑his funereal basement study, surrounded
by images of his late father and fidgeting nervously with his
prayer beads, Saad said that there needs to be «a different
ball game» in the South. Responding to the Ambassador’s
complaints about LAF chief Michel Sleiman’s recent 8/17 ‘Amr
ul-‘Amaliyyat’ (Operations’ Order) saying that the LAF would
deploy «beside the resistance,» implying tacit approval of an
armed Hizballah, Saad said that Sleiman is hardly in a
position to say anything else right now. So long as the army
remains militarily weaker than Hizballah, he said, the LAF
will have to maintain such a less-threatening posture. But
once the army has «some teeth and some morale,» Saad urged,
then he promises to «smack Hizballah down.» Growing more
strident (and clearly hoping to be recorded verbatim), Saad
assured the Ambassador, «Give me a chance, and I will f***
Hizballah.»
Saad also complained — as have others including
PM Siniora and Speaker Berri — that Israeli attacks like the
8/19 raid north of Baalbek only serve to buttress Hizballah.

Det ironiske er jo at det var omvendt det som skjedde. Til nå iallefall.

Nasrallah sine taler, 23 januar og 25 januar 2011

23 januar

“It was claimed that [Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) Pre-trial] Judge Daniel Fransen needs from six to ten weeks to [study] the content of the draft indictment [on the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri] submitted to him by STL Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare. We have noticed, [amid] the latest political developments, that the course of the STL’s indictment is being [hastened]. Assigning [a public hearing on Fransen’s questions about Bellemare’s draft indictment] on February 7 [illustrates this point]. It is required to use the tribunal’s indictment to serve certain political [purposes].

Leaking [information from the] STL investigation to magazines, television stations and newspapers has [been going on] for years. Bellemare did not do anything [about these leaks] because they served the aim of [targeting] Hezbollah and Syria. This party overlooked the leaks because they serve the main goal.
What is new [today] is the broadcast of audio-tapes [a reference to leaked New TV reports]. These [broadcasts harmed] the other party and the investigation’s credibility. Bellemare [suddenly showed] concern about the tribunal, [which indicated] – along with other previous evidence – that the STL targets a specific political party and does not [aim] to find the truth.

We began responding to the [STL’s] indictment. The first response was overthrowing the cabinet, which was unable to protect Lebanon and face the repercussions of the STL’s indictment.
There are statements that must be made about the issuance of the STL. We will make our statements when the content of the STL’s indictment is announced.
We will not succumb to imposed political [demands] after the STL’s indictment is announced. This is over. This is what we mean when we say that the stage following the [STL’s indictment] is different than before [the indictment]. This issue is over for us and is not subject to negotiation.

The second [topic is Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) leader] MP Walid Jumblatt’s stances. I want to thank him and the brothers in the PSP for his clear [decision] to stand with Syria and the Resistance, especially in the current critical [stage] in Lebanon… We appreciate Jumblatt’s stance, and we will [use] it as a basis for a new political stage of cooperation, as well as to confront all of the challenges that [will arise] in the upcoming period.

We in the [March 8 coalition] will request that the [new premier], yet to be named, forms a [national-unity] cabinet in which everyone participates. We are not calling for a cabinet that [excludes] any party in Lebanon.
We respect [the right of] everyone to be represented. If we disagree on whom will be the country’s premier, it does not mean that the opposition wants to [exclude] a certain party. The [new] cabinet must be cooperative, and it [must] work on [including everyone]. This is our stance…
Some say that if the opposition candidate for the premiership is assigned to form a cabinet, the privileges of the Sunni sect in the government would be harmed. Things are not that way.

We heard some [statements abusing] former Prime Minister Omar Karami. It is very unfortunate that these abusive [statements] were made by a [person] sentenced by the Lebanese judiciary [for] the killing of former Prime Minister Rashid Karami. I will not repeat accusations… Every Lebanese [person] knows very well that the [Karami] family is honest and patriotic… The [Karami] family has never been accused of [anything]. Any abuse of [this family] is abuse of all the Lebanese people.
All these campaigns were launched based on the assumption that Karami will be the opposition’s nominee for the country’s premiership…
Karami did not run [as a candidate] for the country’s premiership. He did not ask anyone [to assign him as PM]. He did not ask any local or regional political party to [make him] PM. He did not threaten [to do anything] if he is not assigned as PM.

During [the March 8 coalition] consultations on the country’s premiership, I called Karami and told him that we would need his consent if he [is named] by the majority of [MPs] for the country’s premiership… He thanked me and told me that he appreciates our trust, but his current health condition requires energy and effort, and voiced hope that we could find another [candidate] for the [premiership]…
[Karami] also said that if there was no other option, he would be willing to be responsible for this position… [I] then told Karami that we will stay in contact, and added that he was our first option. [Karami] has not inquired about this since then. I tell those who [verbally attack] Karami that this man must be appreciated because he [exemplifies] courage, integrity and determination.

[The March 8] parliamentary blocs and officials are still in contact. We will make our decision in the coming hours if the parliamentary consultations are definitely taking place tomorrow.
The [next] topic pertains to Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s [claims regarding] political assassinations… Different Sunni figures have taken the [position of the] country’s premiership… No one ever said when the position was transferred from one figure to another, that a political assassination [had targeted the previous PM].
The premiership is a position that [has certain requirements]… Talk that there will be a political assassination if Hariri is not named for [the country’s premiership] is… intimidation to the [March 8 coalition].

What has happened, and is still happening, is a political assassination of the Resistance – [the group] that is one of the most [important] in the region and that is protecting Lebanon today. It is not the US, the UN Security Council or anyone else that is defending Lebanon.
The army, people, Resistance formula protects Lebanon… There is someone who can prevent [the political] assassination of the [Resistance], but did not do so. On the contrary, [this person] worked to hasten this [plan].
We do not [aim] to [terminate] anyone. We performed our constitutional right to resign from the cabinet and overthrow it…We have to cooperate to overcome this critical stage. The country is targeted, and Israel is the one who has been [hoping] that Lebanon reaches this stage.

There are reports of an Iranian, Persian and Shia scheme [being implemented] in Lebanon… All these statements are misleading. We have always said that we do not seek [authority]. We have always said that our priority is resistance. If the [March 8 coalition’s] candidate [wins the country’s premiership], I hope the world would respect Lebanese legitimacy and constitutional institutions. [I hope] the assigned premier will be given the chance to form a united cabinet that works to serve the interests of the Lebanese people.

If Lebanon’s fate depends on one person, and if we do not know where Lebanon will head if Hariri [is not assigned as the country’s new premier], then this is a disaster. If any country’s destiny and dignity depend on one person [taking the position of the country’s premiership], this is [disrespectful] to the country and the Lebanese people.
We will go to the parliamentary consultations that will take place on Monday and Tuesday. We will [decide] whom the March 8 coalition will support for the country’s premiership tonight. I ask God that the Lebanese people and leaders choose the candidate who will serve the country [well].”

Oversatt som alltid av NOWLebanon

25 januar

“Brothers and sisters. On this occasion, I would like to say a few words regarding this occasion and the developments in the country and the region. Regarding the occasion, Arba’een [a Shia Muslim holiday marking the passage of 40 days following Imam Hussein’s martyrdom] is a reminder of Ashura.

God wanted the Resistance to be established in 1982 to destroy every US and Zionist project. The Islamic Resistance [was born] from the city of Baalbek to scream: Hail Hussein! Hail Hussein!

We recall [the past] days when it was said that Israel beats everyone. We recall the days in which our [leader] Abbas Moussawi came out and wore military garb and called on men to take part in training camps and join the Resistance.

Brothers and sisters, on the day of the resistant, we must address the [events] in the region. I hail the people of Tunisia who revolted and called for their rights and refused to be oppressed. We call on the people of Tunisia to unite and be aware [of dangers].

Yesterday, we heard that Mr. [Jeffrey] Feltman visited Tunisia. This is a bad sign. There is a new US plot being made [in Tunisia]. This must be rejected, because when the US and this sorcerer Feltman comes, there will be destruction. People talks about [Gilad] Shalit [the Israeli soldier captured in Gaza] and forget about the Palestinian people.

We say on this occasion… that from day one, we believed in Palestine and its people, and we will keep on struggling with [them] and fight [against Israel].We aim to cooperate with each other to cross this dangerous phase.

We sought to resort to constitutional institutions [in Lebanon]. In order to face the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s (STL) indictment, we practiced our right and the [March 8] ministers resigned. Then we took part in consultations to name a new premier for the country. A few moments ago, President [Michel Sleiman] appointed former PM Najib Mikati as Lebanon’s new premier. The battle over the premiership consultations was very strong. I would like to tell you that many [foreign powers] interfered in it.

Imagine that US Vice President Joe Biden called one of the MPs to pressure them [to vote for outgoing PM Saad Hariri]. We have reached this result, and I have said that we understand the anger and feeling of [Hariri’s supporters]. But I want to say something, let’s suppose the results were vice-versa and [March 8] supporters took to the streets to protest, we would have witnessed a [US] and global campaign to label [March 8] as coup seekers.

However, because [March 14] is behind the protests, they have refrained from commenting on it. Why [does the West] respect the will of [March 14] and condemn the opposition? This proves that [the US] is only bound to political calculations and is backing one coalition [March 14] against the other. In all cases, today, there is a new opportunity. Threats against [Prime Minister-designate] Najib Mikati will be useless.

Some leadership groups who know what they are doing seem to have an experience in forging facts, starting with the STL, false witnesses, [and now a] new forgery. [March 14] wants to start saying that Mikati is Hezbollah’s candidate, but in the 2009 [Parliamentary Elections] he was running [on Hariri’s list]. Saying that Mikati is Hezbollah’s candidate is a sectarian provocation.

In the last 48 hours, Mikati decided to run for premiership, so the opposition found in him an opportunity for Lebanon because March 8 did not want to enter in an battle [to abolish] March 14.The next PM will not be Hezbollah’s, nor will the next cabinet. This is only said to provoke [foreign powers] against Lebanon, [including] the US and Israel.

I wish for those to stop forging, because it will not yield results. We are not power seekers. Until 2005, [Hezbollah] did not take part in any cabinet.

We never asked for a ministerial portfolio. All we asked for [we did as a Resistance]. We did our best to defend the country and [liberate] its land.

We want two things from you: 1- Leave us alone, we do not want you to plot against us or backstab us. We are going to die in the South… but leave us alone. Let us be killed by gunshots pointed at our chest, not our backs. In the past years, what did [the Hariri cabinet] do for the North, Akkar, etc.?

People go sleep while we train because we believe that there will be transformations in the region, because we believe that the Palestinian people are at the riskiest of phases [right now].

Because since 2005, [March 14] went to Washington and made commitments and are plotting against the Resistance. You asked for the [2006] July War on Lebanon and today comes the STL project to get rid of the Resistance, but you will fail. The biggest forgery and lie is to accuse Hezbollah of wanting to control the country… and impose the Persian project.

This talk will not yield results. As for Hezbollah, we have a vision. We support Mikati and we ask him to form a national unity cabinet. We do not want a victor or a loser. Rejecting to take part in the next cabinet means that [March 14] wants to rule the country alone. We have a lot of problems regarding [March 14]’s fiscal projects. It is up to the Lebanese. If [we] do not seek to form a national unity cabinet, where are [we] taking the country?

The world does not have a time for you. Let us not waste time. Regarding the threats that the cabinet is being led by Hezbollah, what [do you think] Israel will do in Lebanon [afterwards]?

The army, people and Resistance of Lebanon [protect the country]. [All three] are there and ready. The balance of deterrence that [was created in Lebanon] by the Resistance protects Lebanon. The chance is there for anyone. Those who do not want to take part in the next cabinet should give Mikati at least a year.

But those who want to protest in the streets want to say: Me or no one else. You are asked to be wise, patient… Hussein will keep on calling for you to confront Israel and the US. We want to tell the Hussein that we will not be cheap in bloodshed. Hail Hussein. Hail Hussein.”

Oversatt av NOWLebanon

Nasrallah sin tale 16 januar 2011

Libanon er i en status av politisk kaos. Den 16 januar 2011 talte Nasrallah om grunnlaget for at regjeringen gikk ad dundas.

“We supported Saudi-Syrian efforts to defuse tensions in Lebanon. We gambled on it along with everyone who wanted what is good for Lebanon. The talks were launched, although some in Lebanon denied that ideas were floated [to resolve the impasse]. I want to be very clear regarding the issue, [so] no one presents any made-up stories to the people. From the beginning, Saudi Arabia was very clear. [Riyadh] said that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon cannot be abolished. We said that we understand this fact. Also, Saudi Arabia said that the STL’s indictment cannot be abolished. We also understood this fact. Saudi Arabia was not able to [convince] the US and Israel to cancel [the indictment]. The issue we [wanted] was : One, to postpone the issue of the indictment and two, to contain the repercussions of the indictment.

We refuse the indictment and believe that we are targeted by it.

The results of the talks reached the following: How to neutralize Lebanon: The cabinet meets and withdraws the Lebanese judges from the STL, Lebanon stops funding the tribunal and Lebanon’s agreement with the STL is abrogated.

It is not the job of the Lebanese government to arrest those indicted by the STL. If we had agreed to these three [conditions], we would be preventing conflict in Lebanon. We want to reach a middle ground. We were informed by Saudi Arabia that they and Hariri agree on these three conditions. In return, they stated that other [conditions] should be fulfilled by the March 8 coalition. They told us these conditions… the atmosphere [at first] was positive.

The medical condition of the Saudi king slowed down the [progress of the talks]. A couple of weeks ago, we were told [by Saudi Arabia] that the king is adamant about the compromise. We were told that PM Saad Hariri was going to travel to the US for further talks. He even made a statement before he traveled to the US announcing that a [Saudi-Syrian] agreement had been reached; although he held [March 8] responsible [for not implementing its terms].

Hariri traveled to the US and out of nowhere, Saudi Arabia contacted Damascus, telling it that it cannot carry out the efforts and that the talks have suddenly stopped.

We were also informed that the STL’s indictment will be issued soon.

We agreed [last week] that it was better to resign from the cabinet. Why did this happen?

First, it is clear that the US and Israel rejected the Saudi-Syrian talks…They let them run for some time thinking that Riyadh and Damascus would not reach an agreement, but when they saw that a solution was about to be reached, the [US and Israel] interfered and obstructed the process. This is the only explanation to [what happened].

Second, there is no doubt that some Lebanese parties were seeking to support [US and Israeli] aims to obstruct the talks.

Third, regarding Hariri and his allies, he said at first that the [Saudi-Syrian] agreement had been achieved, but that [March 8] did not fulfill its side of the deal. This is not true. Since the Lebanese people are concerned about the situation, I want to ask: Why did we reach this phase?

Fourth, Hariri and his allies either do not want [to negotiate] but were sticking to the talks out of Saudi pressure, or they were supporting the talks and [the efforts] were halted due to the US’ strong will.

Fifth, Hariri said after he came back from the US that his demands [during the talks] would benefit the country. I will not reveal [Hariri’s conditions]. The rest of the conditions [only] benefit a certain political party. I will only mention one [condition] later during the speech. Or let us mention it now: When we said in the cabinet that the issue of false witnesses was very important and [greatly affected] the domestic situation and relations with Syria, we [requested] the cabinet to transfer the false witnesses file to the Justice Council. We wanted to vote on the issue and said that we would agree with the result [of the vote].

One of [Hariri’s conditions] during the talks was to cancel the false witnesses issue. Why does [March 14] want to cancel the false witnesses issue when it is supposed to be the party that it most keen on uncovering the truth behind it?

Regarding the New TV broadcast: Experts can say that it could be fabricated. The funny thing is that they can claim [the tape] is fabricated, but they will say the [STL indictment’s] alleged evidence, which relies heavily on telecom data, cannot be made up.

Future News says that it will broadcast all of the Saad Hariri [recordings tonight]. I ask them, how did you acquire [the tape] when it is said to be classified?

I would like to praise Minister of State Adnan as-Sayyed Hussein [who also resigned] because he acted based on his conscience. On why we resigned from the cabinet: First, from the first day, they aimed to make it fail. Yet, we were betting on giving things a chance… so that we could reach a [better] place.

Many months passed by and the [March 8] ministers were calling for accounting past government expenditures, but there was no result. If we called for investigating past financial account, they accused us of seeking strife. Second [as to why we resigned]: The cabinet was not capable of finalizing the issue of false witnesses. This cabinet [was] not qualified.

[Hariri] acted in a way that prevents [Lebanon] from containing the repercussions of the STL’s indictment. The people have demands. They might take to the streets. We are asked to prevent the people from taking to the streets. Taking down the incapable cabinet might allow Lebanon to form a new cabinet that will be able to assume its responsibility. It was impossible to maintain the government as it was before its fall.

Seventh, based on our evaluation of the cabinet status, we decided to resign. We exercised our constitutional right. We did not take to the streets to bring the cabinet down.

When [they sensed] that there was a probability that we will not support [Hariri] as the new premier, there was no one in the world that did not make calls to [make sure Hariri remains]. The opposition unanimously agrees on not backing Saad Hariri for the premiership.

As members of the opposition, we are not afraid of anyone’s speech or threat. We act according to our convictions. We should be thanked that we resigned in a constitutional way.

I will not announce who the opposition supports for the premiership. The parliamentary blocs will announce it tomorrow.

Calls are taking place to [pressure] for Hariri to be re-named as PM. Is this what should happen in a democratic state? [Should] parties be pressured by foreign states [to support Hariri]?

If a new cabinet is formed this way, does it mean it will be transparent? Will the parliamentary consultations really reflect the will of the MPs?

US Ambassador to Lebanon [Maura Connelly] went all the way to Zahle to meet with MP Nicolas Fattouch. This means that they are working on the MPs one by one.

I know that [STL Prosecutor Daniel] Bellemare was asked to issue the indictment more quickly. The scandal is that Bellemare’s [sources] announced that the indictment will be issued on Monday. I know for sure that the Lebanese government was officially informed that the indictment will be submitted [to STL Pre-trial judge Daniel Fransen] on Monday.

I would like to be very clear and honest. In the coming days, there will be two tracks: The first is the parliamentary consultations to name a new PM, and the second is that of the upcoming indictment.

Both tracks will be dealt with independently. We will take part in the consultations [with President Michel Sleiman] to name a new premier. The MPs and parties have a national responsibility. Let them ask what cabinet and performance they want to offer the Lebanese people. I leave that to their conscience.

For us, as Hezbollah specifically, we might have an evaluation regarding the cabinet performance: Any new cabinet that will be formed should bear responsibility. It is impossible to remain silent on any cabinet that will protect false witnesses. We will also not remain silent on any cabinet that will protect financial gaps. We will also not remain silent on any cabinet that neglects the demands of the people.

We ask [upcoming cabinets] not to plot against the Resistance. We will not remain silent on that issue. We hope that the Lebanese people will be able to form a cabinet capable of fulfilling their needs.

The events in Tunisia should be a lesson [for us]. I am not closing the door [in the face of any initiative]. If we, the Lebanese, are not able to reach a solution, then this will complicate the matter even more.

Finally, regarding the STL indictment, we described the tribunal as a US and Israeli tool based on the material we had in hand.

The parliamentary consultations [to name a new premier] are independent from the indictment issue. This country has been dragged into conflict years ago as results of greed. I reiterate that Israel killed former PM Rafik Hariri. In the past years, there was nothing we did not confront. You see us where we are today. Those who are carrying out with the project [against Hezbollah] are miscalculating. Based on what will be issued by Bellemare in the coming days, I will make [another] address. It is possible that the MPs’ consultations might result in naming Hariri again as premier.

I hope that God gives the wisdom and responsibility to all Lebanese in order to overcome the distress in this country. May God be with you.”

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Hezbollah og deres nåværende problem

Mens Libanon har blitt kastet ut i et limbo, der Hariri nå leder et forretningsministerium titter alle på Hezbollah og undrer over hva deres neste trekk blir. Påtalemyndigheten i spesialtribunalet har levert sin påtalebeslutning til domstolen, og alle forventer at en del av Hezbollah vil ha sine navn nedskrevet. Samtidig har Iran gitt beskjed om at pengestøtten vil synke.

Dermed oppstår problemet for Hezbollah. Deres makt ligger i dag ikke i deres store våpenarsenal. Men deres sosiale politikk i Sør-Beirut. Sosiale tjenester og helsestell. Arbeidsledigheten er skyhøy. Når Hezbollah sine almisser synker vil også viljen til å støtte opp om partiet synke. Samtidig har man en ung generasjon som ikke har den samme viljen til å drive krig som deres foreldre og besteforeldre. For Libanon opplever nå det samme som Tunisia, en ung generasjon som har invistert sine midler i utdanning, men arbeid er ikke å finne. Samtidig som de sekteriske skillelinjene er fremdeles sterke.

Hezbollah sin popularitet henger nå i pendelen, der tråden stadig blir svakere. For å opprettholde støtten på lang sikt må dermed Hezbollah bruke mer av sine finansielle krefter på det sivile samfunnet. Det vil da opplagt nok svekke militærkapasiteten til gruppen. Samtidig har man i sør en nabo som også opplever sine indre spenninger. Der Likud kanskje blir puddel (om enn bare anklaget for det) for Shas og UTJ der Netanyahu er i en kamp mellom de sekulære og religiøse, samtidig driver Tzipi Livni kiling i nakken på Netanyahu. Nasrallah vet utmerket godt at slike situasjoner i sør medfører et mer krigshissig naboland. I og for seg ikke noe nytt, men med tanke på at Stuxnet sannsynlighvis slo ut Iran sitt a-våpenprogram for en god periode så har Israel kjøpt seg tid med Iran. Hamas er underkuet på Gaza og er nå kun en irriterende flue som kan viftes vekk, og på VB prøver PLO/Fatah å danne sin egen stat men uten vold som gjør at Israel ikke kan bruke stor makt der.

Samtidig mener Nasrallah at Israel er den store stygge ulven angående tribunalet. Språkbruken Nasrallah legger opp til, og situasjonen Israel står i peker bare en vei. Et oppgjør langs Litani. Problemet er selvsagt, at forrige oppgjør i 2006 endte på ingen måte slik noen av partene ønsket seg. Israel fikk seg en nesetyver og ble om ikke slått, ydmyket av Hezbollah etter at IDF hadde glemt hva som fikk de til å trekke seg ut av Libanon 6 år tidligere. En gerilja som er disiplinert og lærevillig. Samtidig fikk Hezbollah en knekk av dimensjoner i sympatien fra resten av Libanons befolkning som var rimelig høy etter at Hezbollah fikk jaget Israel ut av sør-Libanon i 2000.

Men, støtten vil ikke forsvinne enda for Hezbollah. Til det er historien for sterk. Samtidig har Hezbollah et viktig moralsk kort i ermet. FN-kommisjonen etter Gazakrigen, ble i nabolandet sør angrepet som anti-semittisk/israelsk og upartisk. Nasrallah utfører det samme stuntet når det nå settes lys på Hezbollah, evnt på deres støttespillere i Damaskus.