Hizbullah and the Lebanese Armed Forces
… Why would we want to fight to defend American interests? …
Source: Thair Ghandour. “London Fears Lebanon Turning into a Transit Route for al-Qaeda’s Explosives,” 26 September 2014. http://www.alaraby.co.uk/politics/58eb5495-d26d-4da6-bda9-a74cf0577bb0
Has Lebanon joined the coalition against the Islamic State or not? It is impossible to get an official response on this from Lebanese authorities. Their behavior says no. According to an official Lebanese source that spoke to al-Arabi al-Jadid, Lebanese authorities told their American and European counterparts that “we cannot join this alliance overtly due to the domestic situation and the fact that the IS and Jabhat al-Nusra hold tens of Lebanese hostage.” He also insisted that Lebanon cannot oppose the coalition, especially since Saudi Arabia is a part of it and also given the Gulf consensus about it and the international cover. Consequently, “the relationship with the alliance follows the Turkish model.”
Source: “Speech by Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah on al-Manar TV, 9/23/2014,” 23 September 2014. http://www.mediarelations-lb.org/article.php?id=13244&cid=94
First, because from our perspective America is the mother of terrorism… if you find terrorism in this world look for the American administration; of course we are not speaking of the American people… Second, because America unconditionally supports the Zionist terrorist state… Third, America created or helped create this takfiri terrorist movement… Fourth, America is not morally fit to lead a coalition to fight terrorism… Fifth, this coalition, as Obama has repeatedly said, is to defend American interests. Why would we want to fight to defend American interests? Especially since most if not all of these interests come at the expense of the people and governments of the region.
Source: “Report: Concerns Mount that Hezbollah, Lebanese Army Could Cooperate against Israel,” 6 October 2014. Jerusalem Post. http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Report-Concerns-mount-that-Hezbollah-Lebanese-army-could-cooperate-against-Israel-378138
… concerns are mounting among the defense establishment over the possibility of the Lebanese army and Hezbollah operatives cooperating against Israel, Channel 10 reported Monday.
Source: “Washington Warns: Iranian Weapons are Forbidden,” 10 October 2014. http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/217330
Al-Akbhar learned that in response to the “American Red Lines” on arming the Lebanese military, Iran sent a letter about its weapons grant to the foreign ministry, which was then forwarded to the presidency and the defense ministry. The letter said that Iran was ready to provide several TOW missiles and launchers, night-vision goggles, 60- and 120-mm mortars, rounds for T-55 and T-62 tanks, 155-mm ammunition, and Dushka heavy machine-guns. This offer is based on the information Iran has on the needs of the Lebanese Army in its fight against terrorist in Arsal.