Prime Minister Saad Hariri heads the new Lebanese government set up on Thursday after a nine-month stalemate over the pro-Iranian Shiite Hizballah’s demands. Continue reading
The likelihood of war in the Middle East grew again Tuesday after the head of the Lebanese Army ordered his soldiers to “full combat readiness.”
Gen. Joseph Aoun ordered his soldiers to continue to cooperate with the United Nations forces in the country under Security Council Resolution 1701, but also told them to prepare for war on their southern border with Israel. The American-trained general also said:
“The army needs to be prepared to confront the threats and violations of the Israeli enemy and its hostile intentions against Lebanon.” Continue reading
A win for the region’s terrorists and dictators
A week after Lebanon’s election, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met with Lebanon’s newly appointed Christian president, Michel Aoun. The November 7 meeting points to the close bond between the fledgling president and his Shiite allies. Zarif is the first foreign minister to meet with the new president.
Iran’s hasty visit underscores the importance of the Iranian-Lebanese alliance. The smiles on Zarif’s face also show the election victory was as much a win for Iran as it was for Aoun.
Iran is happy to have secured such a close friend at the top of Lebanon’s political structure. Aoun is a close ally of Iran’s terrorist group, Hezbollah. He is also a political ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime and an opponent of Saudi Arabia.