Saturday, December 16, 2006

Official: Hizbullah Seeking More Power to Avoid Disarmament

"Hizbullah is pushing for more power in a new Lebanese cabinet partly to avoid being disarmed by any future government, deputy head of the group's political bureau, said.The remarks Friday by Mahmoud Komati were the first time Hizbullah has publicly acknowledged a direct link between weapons possession and its drive for more power."

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PS: This statement might be a bluff, as many analysts believe that the main reason behind the coup d'etat attempt is a bid to protect the Assad regime against prosecution.


  1. I don't think it's a bluff. Without its weapons Hezbollah is nothing, but the tribunal is most likely just something it's blocking as a favour to Syria. There's no evidence that Hezbollah was in any way involved in the Hariri killings, so what does it have to lose if the tribunal goes ahead? Why is it the tribunal that the opposition at least pretends to approve of, but the weapons are something that Hezbollah has consistently said to be sacrosant?

    Nah, I think it's not the tribunal, it's the weapons and the implementation of UN resolution 1701 that really worry Hezb.

  2. There's a lot of merit to what you say jay, but you need to understand that the 2 points : weapons and tribunal are related. Any defeat for the Syrian regime will lead to the end of the role of the militia of hizballah in Lebanon. And since the most urgent issue now is the tribunal not weapons all the focus of hizbollah was on side issues to divert attention.


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