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Qassem: March 14 Wants Lebanon a ‘Farm’, Not a State

Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem on Thursday noted that his party has achieved “great, significant accomplishments” through the “army-people-Resistance equation.”

These accomplishments are “the humiliating Israeli pullout (from South Lebanon) in 2000, the grand victory in July 2006 in the face of the Israeli war on Lebanon … and the participation in a national unity cabinet that aims to prevent civil strife,” said Qassem.

He questioned whether the rival March 14 forces have achieved any accomplishments, saying “they are willing to destroy the country, create chaos, freeze Lebanon’s international ties and incite Arab and foreign states against Lebanon only because they are not in power.”

“This indicates that they don’t want a State,” Qassem added.

“This indicates that the March 14 forces want Lebanon to be their own ranch.”

Qassem accused the rival camp of “corruption and violation of laws and regulations,” noting that WikiLeaks cables published recently by Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar “have showed that some March 14 leaders had worked as informants for the U.S. embassy” in Beirut.

“They sought to obtain financial and military aid in order to build militias aimed at combating Hizbullah and the Opposition. They wanted to end Lebanon’s defiance for the sake of the U.S.-Israeli scheme. Yes, they have been exposed by WikiLeaks,” Hizbullah number two added.

“Who is receiving foreign funds? Who is calling for U.S. hegemony over Lebanon? Who is working night and day to harm the Resistance? Who is serving the U.S.-Israeli scheme? Qassem wondered.


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