GENERAL MICHAEL AOUN BACKS HEZBOLLAH WORLDWIDE By Pierre Maroun
During his press release on Monday April 14, 2008, Michael Aoun replied to a question reassuring that his alliance with Hezbollah is not a local one concerning limited issues but rather a worldwide alliance that stretches beyond Lebanon's borders. It is not clear as to why General Aoun will stretch his support of Hezbollah from the local scene, which some may consider Hezbollah a “resistance” group and to the international arena where Hezbollah’s illegal activities are limitless, stretching from money laundering and drug dealings to kidnappings, bombing, and killings. More shocking is that Aoun's announcement came less than two months after Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah launched an open war on the US and its allies in the Middle East region. However, many observers believe that Aoun has become a puppet in the hands of Hezbollah due to the financial support Aoun and his son in law Jibran Bassil have been receiving from the terrorist group Hezbollah. In fact, some expected harsh criticism from Aoun towards the US after he openly accused the latter of assassinating Hezbollah's military leader Imad Mughneyeh last month in the capital of Syria, but no one expected that he would link himself to Hezbollah on the international arena.
Furthermore, media outlets reported that Hezbollah has contracted many buildings in the southern suburb of Beirut, which were destroyed by the Israeli warplanes in the July 2006 war, in a price that greatly exceed the real cost. Mr. Bassil has been also delivering and distributing weapons to his supporters, which is believed to have come from Hezbollah. Moreover, Mr. Bassil, along with Shiite MP Abas Hashem, has been helping Hezbollah purchase Christian properties in north and Mount Lebanon.
Thus, it is imperative that followers of Aoun, especially committed ones who consider themselves lobbyists and representatives of him overseas, to issue a strong condemnation of their leader's alliance with the terrorist group Hezbollah, which up till September 1, 2001 killed more Americans in a single suicide bomber than any other group. Moreover, these followers and supporters need to immediately cease their relationship with Aoun and to disassociate themselves from his “political” group the Free Patriotic Movement (Tayyar Watani), for such association has become a sheer treason and they should be prosecuted by the proper authorities to the fullest extent of the law. Only then people will think twice before pledging their support to terrorist groups and individuals.
As for General Aoun, he has been renewing his support to Hezbollah and criticizing the US policy towards Lebanon for a while now believing that it is the only way that will persuade the US Administration to cut a deal with him. No chance. The US will never cut a deal with a Syrio-Iranian lackey and or a follower of a terrorist group i.e. Hezbollah. Besides, deals are cut with leaders not followers. Furthermore, Aoun has no credibility on the local or the international scenes. Two months after he announced that “there was no POWs in Syrian prisons, a prisoner was released by the Assad regime. Lately, he alleged that there were mass graves in the town of Halat. After the authorities dug out the area, they found no human skeletons. However, they did find rotten remnants of Aoun’s sanity and dignity that are buried six feet under.
Aoun has been meddling in Lebanon’s security for a long time. It is time for the Lebanese people to rid the country of this putrefied rat before it destroys whatever is left of this beloved nation-state.