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    Special Dispatch Series - No. 511 May 30, 2003 No.511 Editor of Lebanese Daily Newspaper Attacks Hizbullah s Secretary General An editorial by Jubran Tweini,
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      Special Dispatch Series - No. 511
      May 30, 2003 No.511

      Editor of Lebanese Daily Newspaper Attacks Hizbullah's Secretary General

      An editorial by Jubran Tweini, the senior editor of the Christian Lebanese
      daily Al-Nahar, strongly criticized Hizbullah's Secretary General Sheikh
      Hassan Nasrallah for his call to continue the armed conflict with Israel
      across Lebanon's southern border and through a Palestinian-type Intifada.
      (1) The following are excerpts from the editorial:

      "What does Hizbullah want? Does it want to drag Lebanon and the [whole]
      region into an all-out suicidal war? Does it want Lebanon to commit suicide,
      or get slaughtered? We demand, as is our right - and based on the Taif
      agreement - to dissolve all the armed militias in Lebanon and to disarm
      Hizbullah, because these are illegal weapons."

      "[But] Nassrallah is demanding to arm those who do not have arms as yet, or
      at least those he considers his allies. It means that Hizbullah wants to
      keep its own weapons by hiding behind other people's arms and by justifying
      its demand with claims about dangers that loom over Lebanon and the region."

      "The real danger [though] for Lebanon may be giving the Israeli enemy an
      excuse to start a war against Syria and Lebanon. [Such] an excuse will
      result only from carrying out military operations across the Lebanese
      border. Those who can carry out such operations, i.e. those who can give the
      Israeli enemy an excuse, are those who have weapons, and who seem to be hurt
      by any peace process in the region, and they are Hizbullah - Nassrallah's
      party - and the Palestinian rejectionists [sic] in the [refugee] camps [in

      "The danger that the secretary general of Hizbullah is talking about
      emanates directly from the weapons that he and his party possess. Therefore,
      in order not to serve [the interests of] Israel, we must disarm all those
      who are armed."

      "The first option that Hassan Nassrallah wants as a solution for the
      region - and we do not know what kind of a solution he means. is to bet on
      the resistance [movement] and on weapons. Nassrallah urged [people] to
      follow this path in Iraq, Palestine, and Lebanon. In other words, Nassrallah
      is urging [people to launch] an Iraqi Intifada against the American presence
      in Iraq, to continue the Palestinian Intifada, and to continue the armed
      resistance in southern Lebanon."

      "[Nassrallah] is meddling in Iraq's domestic affairs without consulting the
      Iraqi people, who prefer the option of construction, development, and
      progress especially now after the suffering that they had endured at the
      hands of Saddam's regime. He also demands that the Palestinian people keep
      on using the language of war, and continue with the Intifada and suicide
      operations. This is also meddling in the internal affairs of the
      Palestinians and an affront to the legitimacy of the Palestinian Authority,
      which has not decided as yet whether to rely on Hizbullah's way, since it is
      still walking on the road to negotiations."

      "The demand of Hizbullah's secretary general to continue the military
      operations may serve Sharon, who was forced to accept the Road Map and the
      establishment of an independent Palestinian state. Doesn't Hizbullah's
      secretary general see that this in itself is a significant accomplishment
      that may lead to the renewal of comprehensive negotiations and onward to a
      just solution? Who told Nasrallah that Lebanon as a whole agrees with his
      politics and with his demand to set fire [to] the Iraqi and Palestinian
      fronts, while there is a need to calm them down?"

      "Who authorized Nassrallah to represent all the Lebanese, to make decisions
      for them, and to embroil them in something they don't want to be embroiled
      in? Did Nassrallah appoint himself secretary general of all the Lebanese and
      the whole Arab world? Isn't it time that he understands that the Lebanese
      regional and international policies, war and peace decisions, and incitement
      for war are all decisions that should not be made by one party, even if it
      is Hizbullah?"

      (1) Al-Nahar (Lebanon), May 29, 2003.

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