A day after the Iraqi government accused the Assad regime of exporting terror and mass murder to Baghdad's neighborhoods, Syria unveiled the alleged foiling of a plot to smuggle "96 pistols and 190 bullets" to Lebanon. The culprit? An Iraqi truck. Destination? A restaurant owner in predominantly pro-March 14 Tripoli.
Syrian customs officers have seized an Iraqi truck transporting weapons bound for Lebanon, the official SANA news agency said on Sunday. "Syrian customs recently foiled an attempt to smuggle weapons into Lebanon. The guns were in an Iraq-registered truck and heading for Lebanon via the Al-Arida border crossing," it said.
The vehicle was registered in the restive Iraqi province of Al-Anbar, a Sunni bastion west of Baghdad, SANA said, adding the consignment was apparently destined for a restaurant owner in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.
Customs officers found a cache of 96 pistols, an automatic weapon, a Russian-made gun and 190 bullets, the agency said, without giving a date for the incident. (Naharnet/AFP)
This "revelation" comes after Nasrallah's reported admission that he (surprise!) receives weapons from Iran via Syria.
Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah has said it is no secret that Iran is aiding Hezbollah by sending money and weapons via Syria. In remarks published in an interview in the weekend issue of the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai Al-Aam, Nasrallah also is willing to receive aid not only from Iran but also from Muslim countries that have diplomatic ties with Israel, such as Egypt, and states that are considered moderate, such as Saudi Arabia. (Haaretz)
I guess rockets are easier to hide than pistols, especially when the cause involves "sacrificing children".
Nasrallah told [Saadeddine] Ibrahim that his organization kidnapped Israeli soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser in order to effect the release of Lebanese prisoners being held in Israel, but admitted that he had made mistakes.
"Perhaps we erred, only God does not make mistakes, and we have apologized to the Lebanese people for this and have paid a heavy price in blood. We do not hesitate to sacrifice our children in the name of our righteous struggle," Nasrallah said.
According to Ibrahim, Nasrallah denied any ambition to be a pan-Arab or pan-Islamic leader, or even to lead Lebanon.
"My agenda is based on one principle, ridding the oppression and injustice from which the Shi'ite sect in Lebanon suffers and turning the Shi'ites into genuine partners in leading and creating the state, and removing the Israeli threat," Nasrallah said.
Ibrahim said Nasrallah rejected claims that he is aiming to become a leader of the Arab or Islamic worlds, or even of Lebanon.(Haaretz)
Nasrallah in the interview denied he was emulating Nasser, and claimed his "aspirations do not extend beyond the Lebanese arena." (find the Arabic here) Oh really?
According to Al Rai Al Aam, Nasrallah asked Ibrahim not to publish all what he told him until he has had the chance to clear it with Hizbullah's Shura council.
You would think Nasrallah would extend the courtesy of consultation to the Lebanese people or the government?
Speaking of the government, it has been caught red handed plotting against Nasrallah's heroic efforts to save Lebanon by sacrificing its children. This revelation was delivered by Nabih Berri, who just a few days ago threatened not to ever convene parliament if this cabinet tried to refer bills that do not carry the signature of Syrian-installed president Emile Lahoud.
Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Saturday uncovered that the government had recently sent a letter to the U.N. Security Council that paves the way for requesting the establishment of the international tribunal to try suspects in ex-premier Rafik Hariri's murder and related crimes under Chapter 7.
In a statement released by his office, Berri accused Hariri and the 'illegitimate' government of Prime Minister Fouad Saniora of sending "fabricated letters day and night to the United Nations … the latest a letter sent three days ago paving the way for demanding the establishment of the court under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter."
… "Now our suspicions became substantial as to why the Opposition ministers were not allowed to discuss the tribunal plan," Berri said in the statement that came in response to legislator Saad Hariri's interview with the daily Al Hayat published earlier Saturday.
"The plot behind not allowing a discussion (over the tribunal) was eventually to resort to Chapter 7 in order to keep up pressure on the Opposition, on the Lebanese and on Lebanon,' Berri added. (Naharnet)