Flashpoint Lebanon: The Arab Media’s War of Incitement
Criticism of Hezbollah
Posted: August 08, 2006
“…Hezbollah has intentionally or not intentionally taken the risk of turning Lebanon into a hostage in the hands of Syria and Iran…now, after the last risk which inflicted a catastrophe on Lebanon; massacres, destruction and ruins, what is the strategy? Does Hezbollah want to offer Lebanon as a gift to its allies?…what is Lebanon’s wrongdoing so as to become the victim of Iran’s and Syria’s conflict with the west…why did Hezbollah lead them into a trap?...”
Renda Taqi Ad-Din, “Lebanon The Prey,” Al-Hayat, July 19, 2006.
“…the matter of fact is that Nasrallah has lost, at least in the Lebanese eyes, a lot of the aura as ‘a rational, moderate and realistic man,’ and as a reliable leader which avoids Lebanon any internal quakes and external adventures.”
Gassan Al-Imam, “The Arab Regime and the Uncalculated Fundamentalist Adventures,” Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat, July 18, 2006.
“…the anticipation of an upcoming crisis in Lebanon did not require a prophet or fortuneteller in order to see its clouds gathering in the regions skies; starting with ‘Hezbollah,’ the primary benefactor from the last escalation, who was required to disarm by the different Lebanese political powers before being asked by the United States and Israel; it (Hezbollah) extended its ‘Military’ life by kidnapping the two soldiers and inflaming the region; moving on to Iran which seeks to draw attention away from its nuclear project and onwards to the anxious, furious and hurting Syria, who as a result of the loss of its position and influence in Lebanon, seeks to alter the issue away from the investigation into the crime of the assassination of president Hariri…The party’s position in the Lebanese political scene was unusual; everyone knew it was just a matter of time until it explodes a crisis at its inclination or as a desire of someone else to involve Israel. Ever since the Syrian pullout from Lebanon, ‘Hezbollah’ feels it is in a predicament; it is an armed party among rival parties, some of which have taken arms again, but they are banned from doing so according to the Ta’af agreement…”
“…The Hezbollah arms is not only a Lebanese internal issue, it is also a regional matter affected with the developments on the Iranian-European negotiations regarding the Iranian Nuclear project…”
“…with the conflagration in Gaza…the regional conditions seemed befitting for ‘Hezbollah’ to turn the table upside-down on everyone, to give itself the grounds to remain armed in the future outside the Lebanese state and legitimacy frames; the general chairman Mr. Hassan Nasrallah has taken the opportunity, and launched his ‘True Lie’ (Hezbollah used the code name the ‘True Promise’ for its operation to kidnap the two Israeli soldiers as a bargain card for the release of the Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners within the Israeli prisons.) Raising the slogan of support to the Palestinian which ‘All’ the Arabs have abandoned except for himself! While the whole issue is just a private project of ‘Hezbollah and Iran’…”
Jamal Ahmad Khashqji, “When did the Kingdom (Saudi Arabia) did Wrong to Lebanon,” Al-Mustaqbal, July 18, 2006.
“…The Iranians and Syrians have shown that whatever has been achieved with the consensus of all of the Lebanese political sides through dialogue should be sabotaged…”
These are the words of Walid Junblat as they appeared in the Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal, July 18, 2006.
“…is it a Lebanese-Israeli battle? Or is it an Arab-Israeli battle as Hezbollah announced?
Of course it is not. Lebanon is a state of law and institutions that did not participate in the battle, neither in its preparation nor in its planning. But it found itself confronting a war and a state of a comprehensive siege which disabled the country and paralyzed its livelihood abilities. As for the allegation of being an Arab-Israeli war, it is remote from what the party can maintain, because prominent Arab states have rejected the irresponsible adventures which forced Lebanon in the midst of a meager war it has nothing to do with.
The battle in a brief notice is an indirect Iranian-Israeli battle over an alternative battlefield which is Lebanon….there is no place here for the resistance fake slogans; Hezbollah did not undertake this operation in order to release the Lebanese or Palestinian prisoners, or to relieve the blockade over Gaza, or to liberate the Shaba farms, which are Syria’s according to the U.N resolutions…”
“We are aware that there is an Iranian escalation for more than three years starting in Iraq, and here it is today passing through ‘Hamas’ in the Palestinian territories and through Hezbollah in Lebanon. It is an Iranian attempt to impose its political and military influence over the region and to change the roles of the current game…”
“…as for Hassan Nasrallah, he is upset and anxious about the Saudi position; his speeches which have deemed similar to the recording of Osama Bin Laden reflect the scope of his fear of the Saudi conscience movement of the tragic results of this adventure…”
“…Nasrallah says: That what had been demolished, friends will build it with untainted pure money…does Hassan Nasrallah intend to build Lebanon with Iranian money reaching 500 million dollars, which Hezbollah caused its destruction…today Nasrallah exposed that he is not only disavowing the Saudis, he is also disavowing Lebanon and the interests of the Lebanese Shi’a who are not Iranians…”
Adil Bin Zaid Al-Tarefi, “The Lebanese Saudi Crisis and the Old Arab World…The Cross Road.” Ar-Riyadh, July 19, 2006.
“…the escalation began through the inciting speeches of Mr. Hassan Nasrallah reaching its peak with the kidnapping of the two soldiers, I don’t know what is Lebanon gaining from this adventure…Olmert threatened the Lebanese government…blaming the entire Lebanese people for Hezbollah’s mistakes. While knowing that the former (Hezbollah) is much more of a state inside a state, it doesn’t listen to the government or respect its legitimacy…”
“…did the Lebanese mandate the Brother Hassan Nasrallah toy with Lebanon’s faith…”
“…If Iran wishes to combat Israel let it find a place other than Lebanon as an operation field…”
Sa’iar Al-Jamel, “Let Lebanon Live,” An-Nahar, July 19, 2006.
“…what is extremely interesting is that the Hezbollah attack coincided with the infuriated diplomatic confrontation, where Iran rejected in the same week giving the world powers an answer regarding …its nuclear program…”
Rola Khelif, “Syria and Iran Seeking to Harvest Profits,” Al-Watan, July 18, 2006.
“…Hezbollah knew since the beginning; when in compliance with the Iranians and other regional temptations kidnapped the two Israeli soldiers, that it is waging an incompatible war, which only the Lebanese people will pay its full price…”
Hassan Nasrallah remained committed to the May 2006 accords for six years…then why did Hezbollah Nasrallah shift only two day after Havier Solana announcement of the failure of its negotiations with Larigani (The Head of the Iranian nuclear file)…”
“…what is the purpose behind all of this?! Chaos! yes, this is what Iran and its allies Syria and Hezbollah (its fighting Arm) wants, to create the atmosphere of anarchy in the region, hoping that it would to force America to sit with Iran (and negotiate)…”
Abid Ar’Rhman Ali, “Hezbollah and Israel…The Proxy War,” Al-Ahram, July 18, 2006.