"The government collapse marked a last-ditch effort by Hezbollah to pressure Hariri to renounce the work of a United Nations tribunal investigating the death of his father, Rafiq al-Hariri, a Sunni Arab prime minister who was assassinated in 2005. Hezbollah has consistently denied any role in the car bombing along Beirut's waterfront, but members of the group are widely expected to be indicted in the killing.
Observers said Thursday that Hezbollah officials still hope to persuade Hariri to renounce the tribunal and, in exchange, the group would allow him to retain his post. The group believes Hariri's rejection of the tribunal as not credible would protect its reputation in the Muslim world. Draft indictments are expected this month."
The ability to play that role would make the militant group - already the strongest armed power in Lebanon - the nation's most important political player as well. That would trigger alarm in Washington, which has backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri as a counterweight to Hezbollah and its supporters, Iran and Syria.
The government of Lebanon fell because Hamas pulled out. The reason they did this was to destabilize the government so a Russian backed government puppet Iran and Syria can run the show.
"With backing from Tehran, Hezbollah and its Christian ally Michel Aoun abruptly quit the Lebanese unity government Wednesday, Jan. 12, in a move that could pave the way for their seizure of power in Beirut. They struck as the Special Tribunal for Lebanon's prosecutor Daniel Bellemare prepared to hand over to the pre-trial judge "within hours or days" indictments naming Hezbollah officials in the case of the former premier Rafiq Hariri's assassination in 2005.
Hezbollah is committed to defying those indictments and refusing to hand over its top officials for extradition by the government.
As the Lebanese crisis raced towards it climax, President Barack Obama, Saudi King Abdullah, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri held intense consultations in Washington and New York on a united front against Iran-backed disruptions in Beirut by Hezbollah and its allies.
Iran's supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said repeatedly that the STL and its rulings are "null and void" because they serve "foreign interests."
Lebanon is going to ask for large amounts of money from the US seemingly to stabilize the government. This is a con game. The money will be funneled to Hezbollah for weapons. Obama will ask the House for funds to prop up a "so called" friendly military in Lebanon to thwart Hezbollah. Who's money is it? It is yours! The money instead will find its way to arms dealers and Hezbollah will take those weapons. Does anyone really think that there are any financial controls in the Middle East? The money will be funneled to Hezbollah for weapons. Obama will ask the House for funds to prop up a "so called" friendly military in Lebanon to thwart Hezbollah. The people of Israel believe that Syria and Iranian Militia will attack from the North and via the Palestinian occupied lands.
We all know that President Obama is no friend of Israel or America for that matter. Obama is very intent to topple the Government of Israel. Israel has been aware of this for years and believe that he has been planning this before he was elected. This is why Hamas, Fatah, and Hezbollah backed Obama's presidency.
Our friends in Israel send this message: "You will notice as time goes forward, the Obama / Clinton regime will become more and more desperate in condemning Israel. They will soon realize they have failed miserably. Also know this; "We have no place to go. We have to stand and fight Nazism all over again."
What is important to take from this discussion is that our inept Administration Obama/Clinton will end up funding the weapons used to attack our ally and if worse comes to worse our troops. When are we going to learn you can't buy peace? When are we going to learn that in the Arab Nations that everyone is in bed with one another. Hamas, Fatah, Hezbollah, Al Qaida? How stupid can we possibly be?
Thanks, Kathleen, for bringing us this. For compiling the several links in the Main Stream Media about the Lebanon/ Hezbollah government shut down, and tying it together in a readable, logical manner.
The obvious dire situation is apparent, even in the leftist MSM media! Even more dire, for those who follow it more closely, but the reading load would be too great. Your approach is about right.
One must remember that this path was rather obvious even in Bush's administration. With the present White House Wimp, absolutely no influence on world politics is possible! He's correctly seen by all as ineffectual clown!
There are two things I am almost certain of. Hariri will not capitulate and Obama will do nothing. Oh, there might be a strongly worded letter or two demeanding the return to a democratic government. These, of course, will fall on deaf ears, so to speak. And although Isreal has placed it's troops on alert, this administration will never reinforce Isreal, even if rockets start streaming in. They will be on their own. If they realize that they are alone, I hope their strikes are swift and decisive.