December 08, 2006

Siniora to Nasrallah: you are not God

By Abu Kais

Siniora (finally) delivered a sharp response to Nasrallah's Thursday speech.  Details courtesy of Naharnet and the Lebanese Bloggers.

Addressing Nasrallah, Saniora asked: "who gave you the authority to say I [Nasrallah] am right and [those] who do not agree with me are wrong?"

"You are not our Lord and the party (Hizbullah) is not our Lord … Who appointed you to say I am right and all else is wrong?" Saniora asked Nasrallah. "This is a democratic country where the various groups make their points and discuss them … This is a nation of entente, a nation of dialogue," the smiling and calm Sunni premier stressed.

He said Hizbullah's resistance, because of the party-led protest in Beirut, was "losing the backing of all Arabs and Muslims, asking: "Are the streets of Beirut the terrain for the resistance? Is Israel here in Beirut?"

Nasrallah in his Thursday address vowed to call for early parliamentary elections, predicting that the present majority would lose it.

Saniora satirically asked if Nasrallah was "a fortune teller. He declared the outcome of the forthcoming elections, formed a government and named its premier … he declared himself the ruler of the whole of Lebanon."

Nasrallah, according to Saniora, was "trying to launch a coup d'etat, or at least, threatening us with a coup d'etat and defining its outcome in advance. He is applying the ancient Lebanese saying 'he beats me, he cries and rushes to complain."

Doha from the Lebanese Bloggers has more:

[According to Siniora] Nasrallah has delegated himself as the ruler of the country; he has decided ahead of time who will be the majority if Parliamentary elections take place, he has decided the characteristics of the Cabinet that he would oversee and also, who would head the Cabinet, "A Sunni Prime Minister who is clean, true, nationalistic, etc..."

Seniora asks, "Who has given you the authority to say someone is clean or not clean, his money is clean or not clean? This decision rests with the Creator and not with you. Is you party God?"

… Then Seniora discussed the Shebaa Farms issue. Nasrallah yesterday said that Seniora and his government are traitors for trying to get back Al-Ghajar and the Shebaa Farms diplomatically… Seniora questioned whether some folks want to truly liberate the Shebaa Farms. He said that during the hiwar (dialogue) sessions, the government saw that it wise to have Shebaa to be transferred to the UN's purview, not under Israeli rule, until the Syrians decide to provide the UN with documents showing that the Farms are Lebanese. Despite such a practical approach, Seniora revealed that there was someone who visited him in the Serail and who wanted the Farms to stay under Israeli rule: it's the Iranian Foreign Minister!

Then Seniora asked how Nasrallah says that the Opposition doesn't get foreign support when Hizbullah gets foreign financial support in the millions and unfortunately not through legal channels, such as through the Lebanese Central Bank. Seniora said, "Yes many Arab countries have sent us financial support, but by depositing that money in the Central Bank to benefit all of Lebanon." He welcomed Iranian financial contributions for all Lebanese to benefit from and through a transparent mechanism, by depositing the money in the Central Bank.

Speaking of Iran,

Meanwhile, Iran declared support for Hizbullah in the current confrontation, hoping that the Shiite party will emerge victorious.

"What Hizbullah says is quite rational: that the acting government does not represent all Lebanese people," hardline cleric Ahmad Khatami said in his Friday prayer sermon.

"Every group, Shiite, Sunni and Christian, should have a share in the cabinet according to their size," he said, expressing the hope that Hizbullah "will come out of this political conflict victorious and proud."

Finally, the Lebanese army today responded to Nasrallah's accusation that Siniora ordered the army to confiscate their weapons.

The Lebanese army issued a statement saying it received no orders from the government to block guerrilla weapons supplies during the summer war but said troops confiscated ammunition at one of the army's checkpoints. Hezbollah requested the ammunition be returned, but the army said it was up to the government to make that decision.

Posted by Abu Kais at December 8, 2006 08:30 AM
Comments

Now you'll get the denial of the hizb-supporters about this, and then the reaction to that from the seniora government etc. etc.... as long as no DEFINITE action is taken to put somebody straight in front of the FACTS - this bashing toandfro will go on and on and on.... and everybody keeps on believing what they wanna believe and mostly: who they wanna believe.

Posted by: tsedek at December 8, 2006 09:23 AM

About time Siniroa gave a firm response.

And it's about time people who were still defending the HA position start seeing that Nasrallah is nothing but a bully who's going to throw a fit if he doesn't get his way. Anyone who disagrees with him is an Israeli agent. And he wants to decide who runs the country, and who's in the government. He wants to pick a Sunni PM (heh!). It's his way or the highway.

It is high time people realized that people like that cannot be reasoned with, and cannot be made part of the solution (as has been advocated by some). Bullies are incapable of negotiating or compromising.

Posted by: BadVilbel at December 8, 2006 09:31 AM

Seniora's response (or at least the part set forth in this post) is fascinating for what it fails to address. Shouldn't his focus be on the fact that Hizbollah attacked Israel without government approval resulting in much Lebanese destruction and the weakening of the economy. Why isn't he more strongly saying "of course we were trying to deny you weapons Hezbollah. You are not the Lebanese army. Only the government has the right to military equipment. "

The fact that he does not appear to have said that tells you how very weak he and the other factions opposing Hebollah are. He (and his supporters) have accepted (by his omission) Hezbollah's power to act as a parallel government.

Lebanon is doomed to be ruled by Hezbollah. It is only a matter of time. They have the power of arms and organization that cannot be matched by the "government" or any of the opposition.

I wish you the best Abu Kais.

Posted by: Cruiser at December 8, 2006 10:34 AM

I agree with Cruiser. If Siniroa sounds strong, well that's very relative. He sounds stronger than he looked yesterday, but if he can't make a ultimatum about what should be under the exclusive purview of a state, then he isn't actually strong.

Posted by: Josh Scholar at December 8, 2006 12:34 PM

On the other hand, I suppose that demanding more would be demanding the impossible.

Posted by: Josh Scholar at December 8, 2006 12:58 PM

HAHA! is your party God? ohhh, there are so few times that a joke in Arabic translates concisely into English, this is one of those times!

Posted by: Dave at December 8, 2006 03:56 PM

I'm not a god???

Just you wait Kais. We are going to shut this whole blog down and we don't give a damn if it destroys a country or a blog. We might even start a pointless war over this insult to our honor and dignity. Just you wait.

Posted by: Nasrallah at December 8, 2006 09:46 PM

This reminds me of a quote from Young Guns 2, where Doc Scurlock points his gun at Billy the Kid and says "Go straight to hell! You are not a god!"
Billy The Kid replies: "Why don't you pull the trigger and find out?"

Posted by: LancelotDuLac at December 10, 2006 02:08 AM

Hiz says, “give us power because we want it”. Hiz has no real complaint; everyone has some “grievance”. The more violence Hiz threatens, the more they should be ignored. In a democracy, minorities can “keep up the pressure” FOREVER, and still be ignored, because they can be outvoted. And by the way, bribing “protesters” with free food and shelter only makes Hiz look silly. For more than 5000 years, the Middle East has been ruled by fear. HAMMURABI'S first written laws can be read on the internet; they were pretty arbitrary and cruel. Strikingly, his preamble to his laws reads VERY MUCH like one of Nasrallah's speeches. Strutting, pompous, grandiose, self-righteous, and threatening.

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