Skip to comments.Hezbollah says Lebanese government has declared war
Posted on 05/08/2008 8:52:53 AM PDT by Pyro7480
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Thursday that the Lebanese government had declared war on his Shiite militant group by declaring its private telecommunications network an illegal threat to state security.
Nasrallah vowed to fight any attempts to disarm Hezbollah in a speech that hiked tensions already running high after a long-simmering political crisis between the Hezbollah-led opposition and the government erupted into sectarian violence.
"Those who try to arrest us, we will arrest them," he said. "Those who shoot at us, we will shoot at them. The hand raised against us, we will cut it off."
Celebratory gunfire rang out in Beirut as Nasrallah spoke live on television by videolink from a hiding place. The Hezbollah leader rarely appears in public for fear of assassination by Israel.
Lebanon's U.S.-backed government also said Tuesday that it would dismiss the security chief of the country's only international airport because he was suspected of ties to Iranian- and Syrian-backed Hezbollah.
Those decisions sparked sectarian clashes between supporters of Hezbollah and the government over the past two days. The violence emerged out of a long-simmering power struggle between the Hezbollah-led opposition and the Western-backed government for control of the country.
"The decision is tantamount to a declaration of war ... on the resistance and its weapons in the interest of America and Israel," Nasrallah said.
He offered a way out of the latest crisis, saying the "illegitimate" government must revoke its decisions against Hezbollah.
Hezbollah runs its own secure network of primitive private land lines. Nasrallah claimed the network helped the guerrillas fight Israel's high-tech army in the 2006 summer war.
He said the telecommunications network was "the most important part of the weapons of the resistance" and added Hezbollah had a duty to defend those weapons.
He and other Hezbollah leaders have suggested they are regularly targeted by Israel and they need secure communications.
"I am not declaring war. I am declaring a decision of self-defense," he said. The government has "crossed all the red lines. We will not be lenient with anyone."
He said Maj. Gen. Wafiq Shukeir, the airport security chief that the government decided to remove, will stay in his post, rejecting any replacement.
The government's decision to replace him came after pro-government leader Walid Jumblatt alleged Hezbollah had set up cameras near the airport which is located in the Hezbollah stronghold of south Beirut to monitor the movement of anti-Syrian Lebanese politicians and foreign dignitaries. Jumblatt suggested Hezbollah was planning to bomb aircraft to assassinate such figures.
Nasrallah rejected accusations by pro-government groups that Hezbollah was bent on staging a coup.
Could this be the kickoff for the main event?
"The hand raised against us, we will cut it off." "
What the hell kind of obsession do these guys have with cutting off body parts?? It's all they ever talk about it seems like...
One can only hope. Time for W to embark on a Mideast Farewell Tour.
hizb’allah is a seething plague of cockroaches that needs to be exterminated quickly and completely. They have poisoned the once-beautiful land of Lebanon, in some ways irretrievably. I wish Israel had wiped them all out in ‘06.
If you want to see the full horror of what this gang has done to Lebanon, read Brigitte Gabriel’s book, “Because They Hate”. She is a friend, and she if fighting tirelessly to see that this country does not end up like Lebanon.
Probably because the men are missing a key part.
What is it with these spineless worthless terrorist running their private wars from a hiding place. This must be the norm of an enemy that has no reason to be angry and just wants to read his name in print. It’s time the world devoted it’s full attention to flushing these rebel rousers out of their spider holes and exterminate them one by one at all costs.
France created Lebanon and Syria, a geographical split intended to separate Christians in Lebanon from Moslems in Syria.
I would have to argue that, they sure seem to be able to breed little bombers just fine...
It sure seems like its getting close.
I agree just annihilate then. Im sick of these barbarians. You cant reason with a foaming at the mouth brainwashed delusional zealot.Death to islam.
FWIW - CNN had a live report within the last hour or so from Beirut and there was a rather intense gunfight going on. Automatic weapons and RPGs being used
I’m sure their plenty of tires being burned. You can’t have muslims fighting unless they are burning piles of tires as well. It’s their trademark.
Has anyone else noticed these bastards are constantly threatening War — yet, continue to remain hunkered up and refusing to launch anything more deadly than suicide bombers or launch a few Charlie Brown rockets into Israel...
If these bastards are such bad asses eager to kill Jews — why in hell don’t the simply mount up on their asses and attack Israel and drive her into the sea?
Why not you ask?
Because they know that would be the only excuse needed to trigger their annihilation....
Why must we WAIT for them to initiate the war they’ve threatened for decades?
Why not simply destroy everything with 5 miles of their threatening positions, concentrations and fortifications?
Because we haven’t yet seriously pursued the war against Militant Islamists....
We are being led by spineless fools.
>>If you want to see the full horror of what this gang has done to Lebanon, read Brigitte Gabriels book, Because They Hate.
I have, and you are 110% correct. They and the Palie refugees destroyed that country. That book is recommended to all FReepers.
>>She is a friend, and she if fighting tirelessly to see that this country does not end up like Lebanon.
Thank her for her efforts, for me.
Mohameddenism declared war and misery on the world 1400 years ago. This is just the latest manifestation of their satanic evil. God Bless and Protect the Christian Lebanese people.
We have to take these mutts out before we go after Iran.
Iran threatened to use HEZ. against the USA.
GWB set this up with Lebonese leaders several weeks ago, so he must have a plan in mind for Iran later this year.
Islam is such a peaceful religion. /sarcasm
I think you need to read Ezekiel 38, it pretty much sums it up.
gonna just get tougher and tougher to turn this thing around -
Fighting rocks Beirut as 5 die, Hizbullah defiant
Published: 05.08.08, 21:40 / Israel News
Fierce clashes raged in Beirut on Thursday after the Iranian-backed group Hizbullah said the US-supported Lebanese government had declared war by targeting its communications network.
Security sources said the fighting killed at least five people and wounded 12. (Reuters)
That’s OK. When Osama gets elected, the flag of Islam will fly over the White House and then they’ll luv us. All we are saaaayyyyiiiing is give peeeeeace a chance.
We’re on the verge of something horrible and probably about 90% of the people in this country don’t even know it.
gonna just get tougher and tougher to turn this thing around -
I’m sure the UN will get rite on it...NOT!...:0/
Sounds like one hell of a plan.......
I wish you were the Republican nominee instead of McCain.
I’d walk over broken glass barefoot in order to get to the polls in order to vote for you.
I’m sick of hearing Bush and Condi Rice call for a Palestinian State. It would be nothing more than a haven for Islamo-fascist terrorists. Just hours after the Sept. 11th attacks, Bush was calling for a Palestinian State...I was stunned, especially after seeing 3,000 Palestinians celebrate the collapse of the Twin Towers.
Same thing with Lebanon.....we’ve been pussyfooting for years.
Like you said, spineless politicians.
You wrote it before I could...and my thoughts are, yes, it is.
Clashes erupt for second day in Lebanon
(Hezbollah says Lebanon has declared war)
AP on Yahoo | 5/8/08 | Zeina Karam - ap
Posted on Thursday, May 08, 2008 01:39:47 PM by NormsRevenge
They claim that the “primitive land line telecom system” helped to fight the Israelis last time around. Well, let them have their little system. Next time that Israel needs to kick their asses, make the central office the first target. No batteries, no dial tone. Problem solved.
The only way to save Lebanon is to defeat Syria. Without Syria allowing weapons and money to go to Hezbollah, Hezbollah wouldn’t be nearly this powerful.