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If March 8 wins

“Ambassadors,” said Hezbollah’s second-in-command Sheikh Naim Qassem over the weekend, “are waiting in line to establish relations with Hezbollah.” Speaking at the launch of the party’s election campaign in the Bekaa, he assured supporters that Hezbollah “has good relations with everybody,” and that if the March 8 coalition of which Hezbollah is part wins the June elections, all countries will maintain normal relations with Lebanon.

Really, Sheikh Naim? Some of Lebanon’s foreign partners might deal with a March 8-led government just as they would with the current one. But Hezbollah is on several global lists of terrorist groups, and there are clear signs that a March 8 victory would change Lebanon’s relations, particularly with the US, dramatically. A drop in international funding and support could affect a fragile country like Lebanon very profoundly.

There are those who would

Some have made it clear they are open-minded about dealing with March 8 and Hezbollah. Yesterday in London, the Foreign Office announced a significant change of policy. Foreign Secretary David Miliband wrote to inform ministers that the UK will have contacts with Hezbollah's political wing. A number of “positive developments,” including Hezbollah’s participation in the cabinet, were noted, and this could indicate that the UK would deal with a March 8-led government just as it would with the current one.

Further, if March 8 wins, it seems that relations with the European Union would stand. EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana said in a Beirut press conference on February 25 that “we will deal with any party that emerges victorious in the elections.” He did not elaborate further, but it is true that the EU does not list Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

And France, one of Lebanon’s important international champions, has made encouraging noises. Ambassador André Parant told As-Safir that “whatever the election results, France will stay Lebanon’s friend… and it will continue to help this country.” When asked whether he was afraid that international support would stop for Hezbollah as it did for Hamas after its electoral victory in Gaza, Parant said that he did not think the parallel was relevant. A diplomatic source even said that France had pressed hard for Hezbollah not to be included on the EU’s terror list and denied rumors that trade agreements, grants and soft loans agreed on at the Paris III international donor conference for Lebanon in 2007 would be affected by a change of government.

But not everyone agrees with them

The voice from Europe is far from unanimous, and a March 8 government could face problems from a European Parliament that passed a resolution in March 2005 by a vote of 473 to 8 designating Hezbollah as a “terrorist organization” and calling on the EU Council to take “all needed measures to put an end to the terrorist activities of this group.” A March 8 government could stretch relations with countries like Germany, which currently supports Lebanon’s navy forces and helps them monitor the Lebanese borders. Paris III may still stand, but many of its initiatives were conditional on “reform,” which would be unlikely under a March 8 government.

Further, support from Arab countries would likely dwindle under March 8 rule. Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak on February 20 offered military aid to Lebanon to help train and equip the LAF. But the aim of the offer was to reduce Lebanon’s reliance on Iran and Syria for military funding. Especially given Hezbollah’s vehement anti-Egypt rhetoric during January’s Gaza conflict, funding to a ruling party including Syria- and Iran-backed Hezbollah would be unlikely to happen. Saudi Arabia, too, is engaged in a larger regional power struggle pitching it against Syria and Iran. The country has given millions of dollars in aid to Lebanon since 2006, but would have a far less easy relationship with a ruling coalition including Hezbollah.

And sometimes furthest away is closest to home

Looking further west, the noises are not encouraging, and the stakes are high. The US is the biggest foreign financer of the Lebanese military. The country has provided $400 million in foreign military aid since 2005, and has requested $62 million for 2009. But a look at the official budget shows that the justification for the funding is to “counter the remaining Syrian interference in Lebanon” and to further America’s goals, “such as the disarmament of the terrorist organization Hezbollah.” The money, the budget says, “will enhance programs that reduce the ability of Hezbollah to divide the populace and erode support for the current Government.” A governing coalition with Hezbollah members would clearly undermine this rationale for giving cash to Lebanon.

Would cuts in funding be likely if March 8 came to power? Martin Indyk seems to think so. Indyk, director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute, said in December, “if Hezbollah and its allies take control of that state by democratic elections in June next year, what I’ve outlined as the basis for American support for Lebanon will be placed in jeopardy, and we should have no illusions about that… If Hezbollah in effect takes control of the government of Lebanon, it’s hard to imagine how we’re going to be able to continue with our current policy.” Toni Verstandig, who was deputy assistant secretary of Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department during the Clinton administration, was reluctant to speculate on election results but did say, “we are very mindful of Lebanese sovereignty, and those who are not contributing to Lebanese sovereignty…I think we have to question the validity of those players.”

Does Hezbollah = Hamas?

Although the French might see flaws in parallels with Hamas, Jonathan Schanzer sees the analogy as relevant. The author of Hamas vs Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine and former Counterterrorism analyst at the US Treasury said that “this is essentially what happened after the elections in the Palestinian territories. When Hamas won those elections, it really put American foreign policy in a very delicate place. And if we look at what the US did, it essentially moved to isolate Hamas.” Although emphasizing that the US today has a different  president with a less hard-line foreign policy, he said that if March 8 were in power, aid to Lebanon would come with “strings attached,” and that “the US would use every aspect of statecraft that it has in its possession to either weaken, sideline or demilitarize” Hezbollah. However, he said, “I don’t think you would see any direct engagement.”

Hezbollah, of course, thrives off anti-Americanism. Perhaps they do not care whether America would support a March 8-led government. But a Lebanon without US support – and without Egyptian and Saudi support – would be a weakened Lebanon, and Qassem’s claim that everyone would maintain normal relations with a March 8 government is far from the whole truth.

  • sam akar

    shoo ya booYYYY from dc, hope you enjoyed uconn going down, happy to know you r happy, greattttt,,,, getting back to your golden boys of m14, what they r trying to sell is what is called COERCED belief, which is no belief at all, coerced belief was initially seen as a great moral victory, but its failure & ultimate repeal (june 7) will show that such CORRUPT MERCENARIES should always be careful what they wish for, always remember booYYY from dc, the WILL of the BROAD WHOLE tends to win out over even the most devoted of NARROWER interests, got it?? NOPE, you will on june 7!!! hi OMARS!!!

    April 7, 2009

  • sam

    and by the way.. when i mentioned that amal and hizib always had the backing of syria we are talking post civil war.. keep up omar.. u guys were kissing and fondling each other for a long time now..hence my point again..what di u.. or amal.. ever do for the south in the legal government?

    April 6, 2009

  • sam

    Hizib did such a fine job? do u seriously believe your own stupid lies..?? plenty of us lahad wannabes.. hence my comment.. so if its ok with you that syria tortures us.. but its a cardinal sin if someone thinks what israel is doing is ok too..? i said already i dont think it is right.. but fess up and notice that u r the one sowing discord.. and thanks for siding with me and finally admiting that syria fliped and floped more times than a fish out of water.. and they r not to be trusted.

    April 6, 2009

  • sam

    haha i just noticed the bostonian had to repeat himself three times to be heard.. amusing.. uconn slumped b.t.w. and so will all other you follow.. please please please dont go into hiding after june 7th.. dont worry... we will still give the usual thier cabinet posts... but no blocking third... now that basket ball is done u think uconn has a shot in hell for a winning record?? hmm NOPE...

    April 4, 2009

  • OmarS

    $am: nobody expects spelling perfection, but with its recurrent nature you present as mediocre (not to mention your content). Habib the only reason syria did not hunt lahd's men was because HA did such a fine job, hence their popularity. No Lahd in the north? for starters their was no Israel up north but there was plenty of you lahd wannabes. Next, HA LIBERATED the South, what more do you ask? The south first? says who? but IT WAS THE TOPIC. HA ALWAYS with SYR? Where were you in the civil war? tell that to their massacred fighters at the hands or syrian soldiers in Beirut.

    April 3, 2009

  • sam

    one last thing.. if u have no problem with me and my kind being tortured by Syria.. then why am i to blame for saying i have no problem with Israel exterminating a few of you every now and agiain.. the difference is i dont believe that.. yet you do.. and then u go and say that i am sowing discord... hahahah what a tool...

    April 1, 2009

  • sam

    as for my spelling.. i never once said that i was the oxford dictionary re-born... but you on the other hand.. make sad accusations.. lahad? hahaha syria didnt have the soccer balls to go to the south and catch lahad members.. and i never knew there were lahad members in the north.. you are enlightning.. i seek discord? hahaha have you heard yourself? tell me then oh wise one... since hizib and amals greatest constituents are from the south why THEY never did anything for thier plight? and then blame the m14 for ignoring them.. if we are to solve problems one at a time.. then why does the south have the right to go first?amal has ALWAYS been one of the largest blocks in parliment.. and hizib ALWAYS had syrias backing.. your empty words are meaningless... i wont even bother to call this a KO.. but deep down i know u feel it ;) GOODNIGHT omar $$

    April 1, 2009

  • OmarS

    $am for someone who claims to be a journalist your spelling is shocking, i have no problem with syria torturing "lebanese" like lahd, abu arz and the rest of your admired right wing garbage. Those seeking solutions focus and discuss problems one at a time (the topic was The South) as opposed to those seeking corruption and discord (ie YOU) who just frantically clutch at straws when defeated. Let the Beqaa, Mount and North show mini hariri at the next polls that they expect more than empty promises and visits. Their plight is a glaring example of M14's failure. Stay KO'd boy

    March 31, 2009

  • OmarS

    $am for someone who claims to be a journalist your spelling is shocking, i have no problem with syria torturing "lebanese" like lahd, abu arz and the rest of your admired right wing garbage. Those seeking solutions focus and discuss problems one at a time (the topic was The South) as opposed to those seeking corruption and discord (ie YOU) who just frantically clutch at straws when defeated. Let the Beqaa, Mount and North show mini hariri at the next polls that they expect more than empty promises and visits. Their plight is a glaring example of M14's failure. Stay KO'd boy

    March 31, 2009

  • sam akar

    sam,ya habibi, get real, come on,its a cat(m8) & mouse (m14)game, you very well know it, your golden boys of m14 are like the narrow panga-style fishing boats with out the board yamaha motors, got it, probably not, never mind, as for you, splash,splash,splash, dream on, boooyyyy, from dc, go uconn, hi omars!!! proud americaNNNNN for m8!!!!!

    March 30, 2009

  • sam akar

    sam,ya habibi, get real, come on,its a cat(m8) & mouse (m14)game, you very well know it, your golden boys of m14 are like the narrow panga-style fishing boats with out the board yahaha motors, got it, probably not, never mind, as for you, splash,splash,splash, dream on, boy from dc, go uconn, hi omars!!!

    March 30, 2009

  • sam akar

    sam, your golden boys of m14 are like the narrow panga-style fishing boats without board yamaha motors, u probably wont get it, as for you splash,splash,splash, dream on boy from dc, hi omars!!!! go uconn!!!

    March 30, 2009

  • sam

    again omar $ u make the sad assumption that your opinion counts... and of all the things i mentioned .. thats the only one u can answer to? nothing on the other posts about the council of the north or the jabal or bekaa.. nothing about syria beating and torturing lebanese.. i see just like sam from boston.. cant read too far or you rhead starts to act up.. few scentances is about it

    March 26, 2009

  • OmarS

    Hi Sam from Boston!, thanks for the ruling your honour Judge Fawzi, oh yeah $am i'm really upset that casino got robbed NOT (they could uproot it and replant it in Israel for all i care), it doesnt really rank though in terms of getting blown up by a cluster bomb. Good morning $am

    March 26, 2009

  • sam

    "ambitious, bold & complex " too brain dead by this time to make it to D? dignified? or E.. enthusiastic? or F... bleep.. u will never have your own agenda.. you guys are already saying you want the blocking third from now .. your leaders know they will lose this election.. keep up with them please Sam from Boston

    March 25, 2009

  • sam

    hahahahaha.. shoo sam you had some spare time and thought youd waste some brain cells here.. please do not dissapear after june 7th.. i want to see your reactions then... america for m8.. hahaha .. maybe you should come back from your voyage.. as we say here in d.c. you got spunked on.. enjoy your life in the country you hate... 3i2bel ma nib3atkon 3a syria and iran

    March 25, 2009

  • sam akar

    sam, cairo might be a more suitable home for you after june 7th, if any one is not a real lebanese its definitely you, you & your golden boys of m14 are out of ideas, the status quo is expiring very soon & out dated, dont panic, at least not yet, the new & refreshed agenda will be ambitious, bold & complex at the same time, but at the end of the day it will bear fruit, so come back to planet earth, get away from your star trek illutions, as we say here in the us, wake up & smell the coffee every thing will soon be ok, finally proud america for M8, hi omars!!!

    March 24, 2009

  • sam

    and i care what you think fawzi because...........? hmm cant find a SINGLE reason.

    March 23, 2009

  • Fair and Square

    i would give it to Sam. Same old thing from Omar

    March 23, 2009

  • JudgeFawzi

    Game, set and match OmarS

    March 23, 2009

  • sam

    go live in syria if u r such a big fan.. u r not lebanese and never will be.. your loyalty is to a group of armed thugs instead of to the political process... still nothing constructive onar because u only point out one side and blame them while its ok for the other side to do it.. and u dont even recall it.. june 7th... stop wasting my time.. 3i2bel ma nishtreelkon 321il... and we will see your b.s. on june 8th

    March 21, 2009

  • sam

    thats your problem iu only hear what u want.. i did NOT say israel is not our enemy.. how about the money syria stole from the casino?? how about all the farmers who got robbed at the checkpoints? how about the numerouse civilians getting beaten.. jailed and tortured by syria? ..stop wasting my time..

    March 21, 2009

  • Sami

    Wiseness??

    March 19, 2009

  • OmarS

    Thanks for the points $am you have a lot of WISENESS. What does your WISENESS say about israeli cluster bombs killing innocent civilians or zionist farmers dumping their polluted sorry "rainwater" on our fertile soil? are you going to protect us? Oops i'm not being constructive now am I? Please israel come and dump more water on us, come and drop more cluster bombs on us because we like Syria. How's that ya brown on nose? Good morning $am

    March 19, 2009

  • sam

    i am friggin seriouse.. and u are a waste of time.. not to mention oxygen .. goodnight omar$$ .. and have a wonderfull voting day.. looking forward to your excuses and b.s on june 8th.. twiddlee dee will help you twidlee dum

    March 19, 2009

  • sam

    hahaha omar $ correcting mistakes after i corrected them AND gave the point to sami.. dont worry omar$.. here are two just for you.. important and enough... there u go.. good boy...

    March 19, 2009

  • OmarS

    $am: LOL right at you habib! are you frigging serious! how constructive are you ya mr brown on nose ya mr 100 liras: "i know i am awake people like u will never wake up untill your demise.. which is soon coming". AND "just because GMA likes the hizb now..all his people change thier minds and like his people.."

    March 19, 2009

  • sam

    omar$ u have yet to say a single constructive thing.. says alot about your personality.. sami.. kennedy did mention the vietnam war and the need to protect democracy.. your knowledge of facts is astounding.. i will no longer debate with a thing that makes up his own history. HIS STORY.. put it together.. ure not importnant enought for YOUR story. and btw.. AN undeclared war.. just want to get one before i leave u goodnight omar$

    March 18, 2009

  • Sami

    Americans do not vote for foreign policy,they vote for the candidate who makes the foreign policy.Often enough the candidate changes as he/she enters office and the public can do nothing about it except demonstrate as in the case of the Vietnam war era.When Kennedy ran for president Vietnam was never mentioned in his campaign, yet he started the war without public approval or even knowledge, it was a undeclared war.

    March 18, 2009

  • Sami

    Wiseness?What is that?A new word?

    March 18, 2009

  • OmarS

    Ya mr artical: "wala inta wala 50 wa7ad mitlak" has ever corrected my spelling...hahaha ya i liberate for 2 independence days hahaha. Good morning $am

    March 18, 2009

  • sam

    article.. so u dont correct me AGAIN!! ill save u the trouble and even consider you got a spelling correction.. one point for you.. way to go

    March 18, 2009

  • sam

    wow.. proves your history knowledge.. i corrected omar$$ spelling because he corrected Essamss.. selective memory.. i think so.. just like the rest of your history.. Americans vote for the foreign policy they choose.. therefore the policy is american.. stop running around in circles..or find a circus.. and nobody has a dictionary on thier lap more than you sami.. so stop making excuses.. u did not answer on the other artical.. assads democracy.. or do u have none.. and prefer switching the argument to one that u might be able to hold your own in?

    March 18, 2009

  • Sami

    Being anti American foreign policy does not make one anti American.Millions of Americans took to the streets in demonstrations against several foreign policy decisions such as war an invasions.You started the spelling corrections by correcting Omar on the whipping/ wiping issue.Who is low?

    March 17, 2009

  • sam

    "Sam,Hizeb is holding a gun to your head now and forever if you dare to mess with the resistance to Israel." nothing is forever.. you should know that and if your wiseness doesnt.. learn...

    March 17, 2009

  • OmarS

    PS: Sorry $am one more thing, i know the dollar sign in $am really annoys you but i dont have a choice, i mean how do I tell you apart from Sami and Sam from boston then?. No hard feelings. Good morning $am

    March 17, 2009

  • Sami

    Wow Sam,you and 50 people can bring the Hizeb down?It was estimated that more than 30,000 Israeli troops entered Lebanon to wipe out Hizeb back in 2006.No one knew that all it took to wipe them out is 50 Lebanese citizens.We are all scared now and shivering in our shoes,where do we surrender?Please direct us to surrender to you and to your 50 comrades as soon as possible, we cant stand the suspense.

    March 16, 2009

  • sam

    first of all sam.. i see you got the sami disease and are now resorting to correcting spelling mistakes.. as i said to him i am not as low as you to go around doing that .. and sami.. im glad u finally confessed.. and i will dare to do something about it.. i will not live under the mercy of your group.. that takes decissions of war at the time of thier choosing.. and have another may 7th and we will see what happens to the country.and how that will end. sam from boston.. a man so anti american yet living there..

    March 16, 2009

  • sam akar

    MR SAM, YA HABIBI YOUR SPELLING OF THIER IS INCORRECT, IT IS SPELLED THEIR, JUST A SIMPLE CORRECTION, ALL THE LOVE IS GETTING TO YOUR HEAD, PLEASE HABIBI YOU MIGHT WANT TO TAKE A REFRESH COURSE IN ENGLISH, YEEEESSSS WE KNOW HIZB IS BAD, THE SYRIANS ARE THE MONSTERS, M14 ARE THE GOLDEN BOYS ON & ON & ON, BY THE WAY, HI OMARS, THATS RIGHT

    March 16, 2009

  • sam

    and you tell me to look at bassil? what has he done? brought down the price of a phone call by 100 liras or so? woopdy doo... now we are tied for the second most expencive country in terms of telecommunication.. yaaay.. now thats a role model if i ever saw one. and if good morning gets under my skin i wouldnt remind you of it now would.. not the brightest apple in the tree r u.. hahaha.. i know i am awake people like u will never wake up untill your demise.. which is soon coming

    March 16, 2009

  • Sami

    Sam,Hizeb is holding a gun to your head now and forever if you dare to mess with the resistance to Israel.Get your head from under the gun and join the nationalistic Lebanese who still believe in pan Arabism and that Israel is occupying parts of Lebanon hence it is our enemy not Syria which is out of Lebanon.

    March 16, 2009

  • sam

    That put harriri and jumblat in power.. hahaha like they need you in THIER areas..there is no alliance this election.. so wait and see.. i know i am awake.. and dont blindly follow your version of democracy or what the hizib tries to stuff down our throats... good morning does not anoy me at all.. i take it as a compliment.. thank you.. at least u state one true fact..wala inta wala 50 wa7ad mitlak can wipe me.. people like us will bring the downfall of your beloved hizb.. and then we will have TWO independance days

    March 16, 2009

  • sam

    nuff said.. and something tells me thaqt on june 7th asfter losing the elections.. or soon after.. not only will the hizb hold a gun to my head.. they will probably (knowing them) pull the trigger as well.. now THAT will be democracy... "Go Celtics Go Patriots Go Bruins!" how sad.. typical m8.. just because GMA likes the hizb now..all his people change thier minds and like his people..

    March 16, 2009

  • OmarS

    $am: havent finished wiping yet (from wipe not whip); and if you needed further proof of how pitiful your excuses, sorry "facts" for M14's failure in govt I will give but you one eg of how Lebanon should be governed: Mr Gebran Bassil as minister for telco's has done more in his short tenure as minister than all of M14 combined for the past 4 years. Good morning $am

    March 15, 2009

  • OmarS

    $am: ok so the good mornings get under your skin, ok so you forget that hariri jnr and jumblatt under instruction from the US treacherously break the quadripartite agreement with the Resistance that got them into power, ok so you forget that ALL the shiite (NOT M8) ministers resign rendering the govt UNCONSTITUTIONAL, ok then you have the gall to go on about the constitution! and to top it all you ask who needs to wake up and "THINK" you're awake! BRAVO (clap, clap,clap)

    March 15, 2009

  • essam

    Ya Mr Intellect (Sami,Omar$) is a reflection of your beloved Party & so limited to the use of weapons,sit ins,misinformation,fear...etc to convince the others of their ideology..facts speaks much much louder than your AlManar.....Sam, the wealthy OmarS ($$$$) will end a billionaire if you keep increasing his $ !!

    March 15, 2009

  • sam

    "Hi Sam from Boston, good to hear from you. Go Celtics Go Patriots Go Bruins! " haha u have something brown on your nose... and yes all the reasons you told him i would say.. i do say wake up and face facts... but i only say it.. unlike your group that forces it down our throat.. thier version of it.. and i missed my goodmorning...goodnight Omar$$$ .. u sad excuse for a lebanese

    March 15, 2009

  • OmarS

    Sam from boston: let me pre empt $am the whipper's response to you: "you have divine weapons and gun to my head, syria is the devil, hizbs authAritarian DOCTORINE enemy, may 7th prove it, blocking third not democracy, you are sad excuse for lebanese ya mr cut and paste, wake up and face my facts like a brick wall...

    March 15, 2009

  • sam

    and sami.. our democratic process is ushered by electing parliment members.. so far m14.. i.e. anti hizb weapons.. are the majority... and we will see again in a few days... if you dont like our democratic process.. tough.. thats the way it is.. as i said.. we will not change our constitution every time someone feels like it does not suit his needs.. when m14 wins.. and refuse the obstructing third.. we will see how your democratic process works. goodnight omar $$$$

    March 14, 2009

  • sam

    sam from boston... before you pass judgment on m14 and that they did not do anything.. lets consider a few facts... ministers of m8 resign... a sit in in downtown beirut is held that crippled political and buisness life.. again by m8... a bloody battle on the streets of beirut by m8.. mainly hizb... the ostructing third .. where nothing can really get done in government.. now again.. who needs to wake up? i thought i was awake.. omar $$ keeps telling me goodmorning.. goodnight Omar $$$$

    March 14, 2009

  • OmarS

    Hi Sam from Boston, good to hear from you. Go Celtics Go Patriots Go Bruins!

    March 14, 2009

  • essam

    Yes of course..AlManar for starter, followed by the likes of you, the mini 'AlManar' on legs...Hizbo without its weapons/communication system,security enclaves..etc..part & parcel of Lebanon.,period.

    March 14, 2009

  • Sami

    "most of the people don't want Hizeb"??Sam,Who conducted this survey,when ,and what were the numbers?Is this misinformation or disinformation?Essam,disinformation means giving wrong information in order to mislead.Just in case the word is to large for your intellect.

    March 13, 2009

  • OmarS

    Ok ya Mr Wiping, whatever you say. good morning $am

    March 13, 2009

  • sam akar

    HI OMARS FROM BOSTON, AS FOR MR SAM, YOU ARE RIGHT YOU DO NOT INSULT YOU ONLY NAME CALL, OK IRRELEVANT, LETS GET BACK TO YOUR OLD & TIRED IDEAS THAT HAVE BROUGHT US THIS FAR, YOUR M14 HAVE RULED WITH NO IMPUNITY FOR MULTIPLE YEARS & HAVE NOTHING TO SHOW BUT MORE BEGGING FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD & DIVIDING THE LEBANESE PEOPLE, WAKE UP MR SAM THE NEW TRAIN WILL BE LEAVING THE STATION IN THE COMING MONTHS,!!!!

    March 13, 2009

  • essam

    Sami has been dropped, now we have new Sami, well, his 'invented' supporter, the OmarS Ladies & Gentleman..

    March 12, 2009

  • le phenicien

    Ther is nothing called Marc 8 , there is an opposition to Hariri and Joumblatt and their TAEF . The only one that will make the difference will be GMA in the Christian areas . And is expected to lead the largest political bloc at the future Parliament with at least 35 MP'S . The Hariri era is over ! This is the beginning of the third republic . So Good Bye TAEF and its architects .

    March 12, 2009

  • sam

    #i2bel man 2ilak goodmorning as well... at least you admit that i see the light.. thats one small step for mankind.. one giant step for omar $$$ ... and if i want to insult and name call you.. ill let you know.. but i havent found an insult that befits you yet... haha..too bad u cant actualy respond to facts.

    March 12, 2009

  • OmarS

    How predictable a response... insults, name calling and as usual more misspelling riddled gibberish. Good morning $am

    March 11, 2009

  • sam

    and as for your facts... however hilariouse that sounds to the rest of us... it is a fact that you currently are the minority... and if in 2009 you AGAIN are the minority... proving once again that most of the lebanese reject your hizbs autharitarian doctorine... we will see how democratic your side wants to be.. you are a sad excuse for a lebanese.

    March 11, 2009

  • sam akar

    AGAIN YOU GUYS ARE GOING AS FAR AS TELLING PEOPLE NOT TO VOTE M8, BECAUSE THAT WILL MEAN THE END OF THE UNIVERSE AS YOU GUYS KNOW IT, FORTUNATELY THE LEBANESE PEOPLE ARE SMARTER THAN THAT, REALITY IS THAT M8 WILL BE VICTORIOUS IN THE UPCOMING ELECTIONS AND IT WILL ALSO NOT BE THE END OF THE UNIVERSE, AS FOR YOUR EGYPTIAN FRIENDS, THEY SHOULD WORRY MORE ABOUT FEEDING THEIR OWN POPULATION BEFORE THINKING ABOUT ANY ONE ELSE, THE HARD TRUTH SAYS THAT

    March 10, 2009

  • Miumiu

    debate..you won't know the true meaning of the word my friend, especially when you think you are debating, your other hand hold a gun to my head....admitting the truth is much easier than continuing the lies...defense strategy ??, of course from your comfy seat in front of your Plasma, u did say your are wealthy..wake up & face the real World.. .

    March 10, 2009

  • sam

    omar$ has anyone ever told you that you are a waste of oxygen? if you find hizbs weapons good for the country no one is arguing that.. but if the majority of the people find it bad for lebanon we have a problem... you critisize people for making no sense.. have you sat back and really read your comments? u dont care if most lebanese dont want hizb but you call for democracy.. load of.... ridiculing you is too light a punishment.. that would be a compliment to someone with your mentality..

    March 10, 2009

  • OmarS

    Its always the same Sami, they try to debate, but when they face clear correctional facts and logical arguements, they resort to insults, name calling and their usual gibberish of divine weapons and may 7

    March 10, 2009

  • Rami

    Wow if they let the hez have any control over our country that will be the end of lebanon

    March 10, 2009

  • OmarS

    $am: habib im not humoring you (ridiculing you, yes), nor do i joke about my country's security. Ill gladly support HA's disarmament when Israel is confined to history books like apartheid era south africa and nazi germany. This election is neither a referendum nor does it give anyone a mandate on the weapons of the resistance, so dream on if you think M14 are gonna dictate terms to the loyal people of Lebanon. One more time: If you dont like HA's weapons, put up an effective national defence alternative or live with it.

    March 10, 2009

  • essam

    This Meethak has been nothing but a joke, as much as the blocking 3rd..you are the last to talk about true democracy,moral or intellect.. the 'resistance' was protected over the years & then Turn against the civilian, 'Security zones' outside the control of Government, private telecoms system, private security cameras at the national airport...the list is far too long ...you are nothing but a confused sectarian pretender, mix & match to suit your filthy ideology that you HAVE to spread over every one in Lebanon in whatever way you can..and you want Democracy only your way..Pathetic truth twister..

    March 9, 2009

  • sam

    that last comment of yours summed up my argument.. thank you sami.. kindly refer to all the attackers that you support.. and i forgot to mention.. may 7th was as constitutional as a government issuing laws? only you would think that... so next time washington increases taxes.. or puts out a law that restricts gun use... all the gun lovers should gather and start shooting people.. good point... now that is civilization if i ever saw one

    March 9, 2009

  • Sami

    Personal attacks are signs of moral and intellectual bankruptcy.

    March 9, 2009

  • Sami

    Al mythak al watani where it is agreed(not a law) that a Maronite will be the president.However there were some presidents who were not Maronite like Charles Debbas who was a Greek Orthodox,who also served as speaker of the house,a position reserved for the Shia.Habib Pasha Al Saad also served as prime minister although he was a Maronite.We do not have to change the constitution since this mythak is not written,it is just agreed upon.Adnan Al Hakeem ran for president every time yet he was a Shia.This mythak is a farce and it runs against the core of democracy.

    March 9, 2009

  • essam

    Ya Sam...you can get through a brick wall with what you are saying , but you can't with Sami & his other name, the invented OmarS...I like his use of the name Omar..!! ...no matter what the outcome of the next election, or the questioning of certain figures by the Int Tribunal (Hariri murder), M8 will obstruct...with their divine & blessed weapons & agents..that never & won't scare the majority of Lebanese any more.

    March 9, 2009

  • sam

    and i am willing to take on that bet.. if m8 does win i will sport a "I LOVE SYRIA" shirt.. are you willing to support the m14 forces if they win and sport a "NO MORE HIZBO WEAPONS" shirt.. june 7th is around the corner... and we will all wonder where sami and omar $ dissapeared to aftetr that. never knew democracy was actually deciding for the people what is best for them.. thought the people chose.. next thing we know they are going to start thier own history & theology books

    March 9, 2009

  • sam

    Omar$ your sense of humor is about as good as the sense in your head.. but anyways.. sami.. hitler was voted in by a large margin.. point is he was voted in and it was thier choice.. wether it turned out right or wrong.. it was thier choice.. and we talk about this subject with hindsight.. in the lebanese situation who are you to say what is right and what is wrong? who is hivb to force all lebanese to see thier point of view or suffer under thier guns..and to let the majority rule we must not do anything.. what is this? every time we have differing opinions we change our constitution?> God help you.. he is the only one who can

    March 9, 2009

  • OmarS

    $am: take it easy , no need to get upset, i'll call you when a post a comment against M8. So can I look forward to you supporting the resistance when M8 wins the election? Also after M8's victory dont forget to wear your "I love Syria" tshirt, you know the one you havent worn since 2005

    March 9, 2009

  • Sami

    Hitler won by a large margin,the German people were wrong in their choice.Hitler brought destruction into Germany.If you want the majority to rule in Lebanon, you must do two things for it to work:1-Void al mythak al watani(sectarian division of power)2-Direct election by the people in the street not by their representatives in the parliament who can be bought.

    March 9, 2009

  • Sami Hammoud

    I do not know where "usa1" obtains his information. I am an American ( born and raised here) and I can honestly say that many people do not think that Hezbollah is a terrorist. I am not sure about the exact number so I will not make up one. However, the fact that Britain has revised its policy shows the willingness of the international world to change the way they talk to Lebanon. So do not be scared if Hezbo wins.

    March 8, 2009

  • Sami Hammoud

    I do not know where "usa1" obtains his information. I am an American ( born and raised here) and I can honestly say that many people do not think that Hezbollah is a terrorist. I am not sure about the exact number so I will not make up one. However, the fact that Britain has revised its policy shows the willingness of the international world to change the way they talk to Lebanon. So do not be scared if Hezbo wins.

    March 8, 2009

  • Sammy Issa

    I suggest we study the history of forces of March 14 and March 8 and we compare the plus and minus of each force.Let us see whoo did more harm to Lebanon.

    March 8, 2009

  • sam

    Your blessed hizib rules by the gun.. and forces thier will on the lebanese people wether you care to admit it or not. And the difference between you and me is that you see your enemy to the south.. i see THEM to the south AND the east. You choose transparency/.. it is obviouse that you dont care about lebanon after may 7th.. you choose consensus? i dont.. i choose who wins the elections rules. consensus is just an excuse. keep sleeping little boy. but you are in for a rude awakaning on june 7th, where i will look forward to the havoc your group will cause for the sake of democracy and consensus.

    March 8, 2009

  • sam

    actions speak louder than words Omar$.. in all your comments made i still have not seen you disagree with one remark made by M8. Regardless.. the beauty is i dont care what YOU want.. i care what LEBANESE want.. and when a country votes for one path even if it is by 51% then the country has spoken.. that is democracy.. if 51% of the country does not want hizbs weapons.. then there should be no hizib weapons.

    March 8, 2009

  • Sammy Issa

    Dear sir: Would you please tell us are you with or against democracy.If you and the world donot think that these elections are free and represent the Lebanese people and you are worried that the world is not going to acknowledge the results then why have elections in the first place.However,I always wonder ,how the west deals with the arab world.I mean the arab world is the last place on earth where dictatorships still rule. Unless you think that Egypt and Saudi Arabia are democracies.If you are going to accuse at least half the population of Lebanon of bieng terrorists, than I think Lebanon is going to pass in some very hard times to say the least.

    March 7, 2009

  • OmarS

    PS $am for the umpteenth time I dont attribute perfection to M8, I reserve that to God alone

    March 7, 2009

  • OmarS

    $am: Actually i prefer ANB, Future News, NOW and Fox. Remove your prejudices against M8 and you'll realise that we are not the hypnotised you and your leaders have made us out to be. We come from all denominations and are just as well educated as your camp. The difference is we choose transparency not corruption, consensus not majority rule, and most importantly we see Israel as the single biggest threat to our well being and existance in this region as your loved palestinians will attest. Good morning $am

    March 7, 2009

  • sam

    We see the fifth column,with or without night vision.The LAF is also split along the lines of the national army/society.Any attempt by the LAF/Army to look south to your "model" will split the country into two where Hizeb will control the major part while you may end living in your idol country.

    March 7, 2009

  • OmarS

    You're right billy stein we should be looking at our southern neighbours the palestinians to know that we cant hope to have peace with zionists unless we want to live in refugee camps

    March 7, 2009

  • sam

    Omar$...same goes to you buddy... at least i have the gall and courage to admit there are somethings wrong with m14.. and they are not perfect.. when you wake up... maybe i will tell you goodmorning as well.. but untill then keep your eyes closed to thereality and your ears on al-manar and co.

    March 7, 2009

  • william

    The LAF does not need "night vision equipment" to "see you and your outlaw gang who is the only enemy" ... And the LAF and all of Lebanon does not need "binoculars" to see you in daylight because you are hiding in plain sight "occupying" vast parts of "my country"... And "God is not registered to vote", ... And keeping your Lebanese "citizenship" is not an option Ms. Shirin... It's not a dress... Pledging allegiance and working for your country is your duty... Just look beyond your southern borders to your neighbors and learn how to build a nation and turn it into powerful and developed country unlike ours...Grow up people... or is it too much to ask? Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation.As one "local" prophet once said...

    March 7, 2009

  • usa1

    as an American I cannot see the United States supporting Hezbollah in any way. 90% of Americans consider Hezbollah a terrorist organization and an enemy of the United States.

    March 7, 2009

  • OmarS

    $am: good morning to you too, i liked your re-mix but pls call me when you've got something of new to say

    March 6, 2009

  • Tim Lebanese

    Hello, Something I mentioned before and will remain with. It's not benefiting for Hizbullah or their allies to take a hold of the government. They will make sure they have the veto power in the coming government, but it's extremely unbenefiticial for them to be considered as the ruling party internationally as they will be held liable strongly by the international committee and any violence with israel will escelate with no arguement or the potential of a seize fire and will impact the entire country and the infrastructure. Hizbullah would rather keep it's armed wing seperate and play behind the scenes.

    March 6, 2009

  • OmarS

    Shirin: if you're willing to give up your lebanese cit just cause you dont happen to agree with the majority of your countrymen then i really feel sorry for you, its a sign of EXTREMELY poor character. To you and anyone else who feels that way I say: GO, its your loss, nobody here is gonna miss you

    March 6, 2009

  • sam

    M14 will win.. by about the same number of seats they won in 2005.. except this time there will be more christian seats..aouns popularity wether you like it or not has taken a huge hit with his mou with hizb and his general out of control i am Gods gift to lebanon attitude. and by that the hizib will lose thier christian cover. Abou Zainab.. you say God wills it.. never knew you had such close connections

    March 6, 2009

  • essam

    Mr Know it all, Sami & his 'invented' supporter OmarS,Hizbo as a Political party is more than welcome, but its Arm wing must be disbanded, The Lebanese Army will, like or lump it, take over the protection of Lebanon, and the decision of Peace/War..no sane person want another 'Divine' mistake 06 war, and every body pays the price...Slaves to Syria/Iran and the inflated new power Qatar is 'blessed & acepted ??..waste of space.

    March 6, 2009

  • Georges H Saab

    But the Party of God is already in the Cabinet. What are you talking about?!

    March 6, 2009

  • Sami

    Statement 1-"but it is true that the EU does not list Hezbollah as a terrorist organization". Statement 2-"could face problems from a European Parliament that passed a resolution in March 2005 by a vote of 473 to 8 designating Hezbollah as a “terrorist organization" Contradictions between statement 1&2?"aid to Lebanon would come with “strings attached,” When did aid to Lebanon not have strings attached.They refused us night vision binoculars so that we can at least see our enemy at night.Egypt cant feed its own people we can do without their help,thank you.

    March 6, 2009

  • OmarS

    This article is trying to bully and scare us into thinking: vote for M8 and you'll be poor, hungry and live in a pariah state. Real freedom and prosperity does not come to those who appease at their own expense to obtain outside aid. We dont want to end up like jordan or egypt, beggars and slaves to zionism

    March 6, 2009

  • Rima

    If March 8 wins?? God forbid!

    March 5, 2009

  • tony

    Egypt? Saudi Arabia? Have they helped the shiite? Christians? Druze? anyone else but the sunni? please tell me, because its beginning to look more religious than anything else

    March 5, 2009

  • Miumiu

    God forbid...

    March 5, 2009

  • shirin

    if they win not sure would want to keep my lebanese nationality!! i dont want to have any links to this party, even less to be governed by them!!

    March 5, 2009

  • shirin

    if they win not sure would want to keep my lebanese nationality!!

    March 5, 2009

  • LEBINLON

    Dear Now, allow me to disagree with one of the word you used repeatedly in this article : "funding". Lebanon doesn't receive funding because funding means monies allocated for a viable project with a clear improvement of conditions in sight. "Hand-out" is a better word. You see, abroad we don't ask for money, we beg for it and we have the habit of breaking all the promises we did to international donors. "Funding" applies to us as much as it applies to a lying beggar.

    March 5, 2009