Tuesday, June 16, 2009

WINEP: "Obama provided support for Hezbollah's "blocking third'..."

Schenker at WINEP, here
"....March 14 is not out of the woods. Despite the majority's victory there are no mandates in Lebanese politics. And if recent history is any indication, the coming months will be perilous for the majority, especially if it tries to take bold initiatives.
After winning elections in 2005, for example, March 14 dared to raise the sensitive topic of Hezbollah's weapons. Subsequently, a three-year campaign of assassination against anti-Hezbollah politicians ....
More recently, in May 2008 when the government made decisions to enhance state sovereignty inimical to Hezbollah's interests, the organization's militia invaded Beirut. Hezbollah only returned to the barracks when the decisions were reversed and March 14 agreed to provide the organization with the ability to block all future government initiatives ...
While Hezbollah has conceded ... A day after the elections, Hezbollah's parliamentary leader Mohammed Raad said that the "crisis" in Lebanon would continue if the majority persisted in raising questions about Hezbollah's arsenal. He also suggested that regardless of the election results, Hezbollah should again be awarded the blocking third. March 14 is on record as opposing this concession.
Raad himself did not indicate what would happen should March 14 refuse to grant this veto power to its foes, but Beirut's leading pro-Hezbollah daily Al Akhbar provided a clue. Either Hezbollah would retain its blocking third or Lebanon would "return to before May 7 [when Hezbollah invaded Beirut] heading toward a collision; no one knows where it will lead." Essentially, if March 14 demurs, Hezbollah has threatened a return to civil war............
While these messages seem innocuous enough, given the history of -Syrian meddling in Lebanon, March 14 understandably views such unsolicited suggestions as other than friendly advice. The Obama administration's initial reaction to the elections has also generated anxiety among the majority. Of particular concern was the White House statement calling on March 14 to "maintain your power through consent," a message seen as U.S. support for providing Hezbollah with a parliamentary veto.
.........The coming weeks will be tense in Beirut, as the winning coalition navigates the formation of a government and its ministerial statement, the policy guidance for Beirut. If March 14 has its way, unlike in 2005, this statement will not legitimate Hezbollah's weapons, which the U.S. government describes as "a threat to Lebanon."... the Obama administration should not undermine March 14's ambitious attempts to effect real change in Lebanon. .."

1 comment:

Resigned Senior Founding Member of the FLC said...

Schenker Maximus Idioticus has outdone himself, if that is ever possible. First, he flatly suggests that Hezbollah waged a campaign of assassination against anti Hezbollah politicians. He seems to have adopted the Der Spiegel Israeli line that Hezbollah is the culprit. (Big sigh!)
Second, he says that Hezbollah is threatening to return to civil war. A 'return'??? Unless the civil war that started in 1975 (before Hezbollah was born was also a Hezbollah misdeed!!)
Third, the Obama adm should not undermine March 14. Flash news, there is no more M14. Jumblatt is already on the other side and he fulminates at every corner at the leaders of M14.
Someone should prescribe SMI a maximum dose of Prozac and rest. I really worry about him!