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June 01, 2003

Editor of Lebanese Daily Newspaper Attacks Hizbullah's Secretary General

It seems, implies this piece in IMRA, that various factions are beginning to verbalize their differences as the U.S. moves into the ME region and Bush pushes his Road Map. This is one instance
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 Lebanon]."

"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." [more]