By Peter Paton
Nato should impose a No Fly Zone over the whole of Lebanon, and start supplying the Lebanese Christian Militia Resistance with arms and weaponry from which to strike back at Nasrallah and Hezbollah, and set up bridgeheads in Beirut, Tripoli, Tyre and Sidon and other Lebanese cities and towns, while meantime Turkey and other Nato Allies could create buffer zones inside Lebanon to protect the Lebanese Christian Militias forces, while meantime Israel could complete the pincer attack from the South on Hezbollah via the the Litani River.
- * Hezbollah insists that it maintains an unofficial army to “resist Israeli aggression.”
Suleiman said: “Defending the nation and ensuring its sovereignty with the force of arms is the exclusive prerogative of the national army.”
* Hezbollah also claims to be part of a “Resistance Front,” along with the Islamic Republic in Tehran and the Assad regime in Damascus.
This, it says, means waging “relentless war” against the United States and Israel until “the Islamic Revolution” triumphs worldwide.
Suleiman, by contrast, pointedly asserted that no one had the right to involve Lebanon in conflicts that have nothing to do with it.
“We will not be dragged into problems created by others,” he said.
* Hezbollah has turned southern Beirut, parts of the Bekaa Valley and parts of south Lebanon into no-go areas for the Lebanese national army and police.
In tones that would have been unimaginable even a month ago, Suleiman said the national army would assert its presence throughout the national territory:
“The state shall never accept that the army abandons its role in any parcel of national territory,” the president said. “No to mini-states and sectarian enclaves anywhere in national territory.”
Suleiman also raised the issue of disarming Hezbollah, a goal already enshrined in documents of national accord as well as three UN Security Council resolutions.
“We reject the chaotic spread of arms and are opposed to the use of weapons outside the national framework,” he said.
The Lebanese leader referred to the Arab Spring as a “historic quest for freedom, pluralism and justice.” Without naming Assad, he said the Syrian despotism was doomed because it had failed to respond to “aspirations for freedom and pluralist government.”
The time has come for the West to rid Lebanon of the cancer of Sheik Hassan Nasrallah and Hezbollah extreme Islamic terrorist grip, and liberate the Lebanese population from despotic rule and terror, and help create the fertile grounds for a comprehensive Middle East Peace Deal, which will peace, prosperity and security to this long troubled region.
Peter Paton is an International PR and Strategic Adviser
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