Lebanon – Hariri seeks Russian military aid against Israel

Lebanon’s Christian President Gen. Michel Suleiman asked Iranian President Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to sell arms to his country during later’s October 2010 visit to Lebanon. Now, Lebanon’s pro-US Sunni Prime Minister, Sa’ad Hariri, who is in Moscow, has announced after a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that Moscow has agreed to  provide Lebanon with six Mi-24 helicopters, 31 T-72 tanks, 36 cannons of 130 mm caliber, around half-a-million different munitions for medium-sized weapons, and 30,000 artillery shells for free.

Keeping in mind Moscow’s record of not fulfilling its contractual obligations with the Islamic Iran (S-300) to please its old Marxist brothers in Israel – is this Russian aid is meant to be used against the Jewish aggression or against the Islamic Resistance Hizbullah in case the STL blame Hizbullah for the father of Sa’ad Hariri, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri who was assassinated by Israeli Mossad in a car bombing.

Hizbullah in statement issued on Monday – stated that the anticipated indictment by the US-sponsored Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) was seeking to divide the Lebanese “so that half of them become murderers and the other half victims.”

“Amidst the mounting Sunni-Shia and inter-Lebanese tensions, would it take more than a small incident for things to explode? Why does anyone want to subject Lebanon to such an experience again?” Naharnet quoted Ammar Moussawi as saying.

Moussawi also questioned Washington’s support for STL, saying, “The US administration has never been enthusiastic for anything more than its enthusiasm to administer justice in Lebanon.”

“They want to establish justice in Lebanon and nobody is allowed to object,” he said. “Why is the debate on the STL forbidden and why is there no way for the Lebanese to sit with each other and agree on the demand for justice?” 

Lebanon’s pro-Western factions, including Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s al-Mustaqbal party, accuse Hezbollah and the Syrian government of involvement in Rafiq Hariri’s murder.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, however, admitted early in September that the allegations about his father’s death were erroneous and politically motivated, raising further questions about those who had testified against Hezbollah and Syrian officials.

“We want the justice that is based on technical aspects rather than on speculations, hypotheses, suspicions, guesses, or false witnesses,” Moussawi went on to say.

He also attributed the silence and inactions by Lebanese officials regarding the issue of false witnesses to the involvement of senior officials and leaders among those false witnesses.

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