Clinton: Lebanese People Deserve Govt. that Reflects Their Aspirations, Not Acts as Proxy for Outside Forces

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned on Wednesday that any power vacuum in Lebanon could be “taken advantage of” by Syria, amid calls by the opposition March 14 camp for the government to step down.

"We don't want to see a vacuum of legitimate political authority that could then be taken advantage of by the Syrians or by others that could create even greater instability and violence," Clinton told a news conference.

"We call on all parties in Lebanon to support the process that President (Michel) Suleiman is leading to choose a responsible effective, government that can address the threats that (Lebanon) faces and hold accountable those responsible for last week's bombing" that killed Intelligence Bureau chief Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan and two other people.

Clinton said the United States would not prejudge the outcome of Suleiman's call for all-party talks on forming a new government.

"This must be a Lebanese process," she said.

"But the Lebanese people deserve so much better. They deserve to live in peace and they deserve to have a government that reflects their aspirations, not acts as proxies and agents for outside forces."

On Tuesday, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said her country backs efforts to form a new governing coalition in Lebanon, after last week's assassination of Intelligence Bureau chief Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan plunged the country into a political crisis.

"We support the efforts of President (Michel) Suleiman and other responsible leaders in Lebanon to build an effective government and to take the necessary next steps in the wake of the October 19th terrorist attack," said Nuland.

Hasan led a series of probes linking the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad to political assassinations in Lebanon.

Asked specifically if Washington supported a change of government in the country, Nuland said: "President Suleiman is engaged in discussions with all parties to form a new government. We support that process."

"In the interim, we don't want to see a vacuum," she added.

"The export of instability from Syria threatens the security of Lebanon now more than ever, and it's really up to the Lebanese people to choose a government that is going to counter this threat."

Nuland's remarks echoed those of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who on Tuesday also expressed concern about Lebanon's stability.

The bombing has raised fears about unrest in the country, which is divided between supporters and opponents of Assad.

Hasan's murder also has provoked a political crisis, with a Syria-hostile opposition calling for the resignation of the government dominated by the Syrian-backed Hizbullah.

The opposition -- which has blamed Damascus for Hasan's killing -- has announced that its delegates would boycott all meetings with the government of Prime Minister Najib Miqati until he steps down.

Miqati expressed a desire to step down but said Saturday he would stay at the request of Suleiman in the "national interest."

While it supports the opposition, the international community reacted by backing Miqati amid fears of a political void.

On Monday, the ambassadors of Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, as well as the U.N.'s representative, expressed their "unequivocal condemnation of any attempt to destabilize Lebanon through political assassination."

Also on Monday, the United States said it would send a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) team to Lebanon to assist in the investigation of Hasan's murder. Nuland said Tuesday the team would be sent "shortly".

Comments 32
Thumb chrisrushlau 24 October 2012, 20:25

Clinton was asked by our AFP reporter about the 55% of Lebanese who voted for the ruling March 8 coalition, and she replied that this proved the danger of instability in Lebanon and the need for US and French assistance in the still-incomplete nation-building process there. She said that the US and France share a long history of successful nation-building, first in Vietnam and then in Algeria. "We were born in revolutionary upheaval and we rejoice to see tyrants overthrown," she said just before being seized with a life-threatening condition requiring her immediate hospitalization in an undisclosed location.

Thumb bigsami 24 October 2012, 20:46

BS on that 55% number. Everyone knows it was fixed by the same criminals in power!

Thumb bigsami 24 October 2012, 20:56

Many were threatened (assassinations as we all know) if they voted against the thugs (HA/Regime). If the voting process was totally unbiased and/or influenced than why did the scums turn their guns against the people and in essence engage in what many say was a silent coup.

Default-user-icon Emile Rahme MP (Guest) 24 October 2012, 21:00

I want to thank Mr vote counter chrisrushlau for remembering that I am obviously the most popular politician in Lebanon by far eat your heart out Hassan Nasrallah. I'M KING OF THE WORLD!

Missing bigjohn 24 October 2012, 22:49

Name me one M14 voter was forced to vote for M8???? Many came from all over the world being paid for the plane ticket to vote for M14? You are a phony collaborator.

Missing bigjohn 24 October 2012, 22:52

The M8 resistance turned their guns on the Pro American M14 gunman because they wanted to control intelligence gathering on the Resistance so (some of them) could share it with the Israeli/American Enemy!

Missing bigjohn 24 October 2012, 22:46

Clinton...it's really up to the Lebanese people to choose a government"...Yes you blood thirsty imperialist, we saw what happened to the Palestinian people when they "chose" Hamas in Palestine you and your Western thugs tried to starve them into submission...and when the Vietnamese chose Ho chi min in 1954, and when the Chileans voted for Allende in 1970, and so on and so on. I can not wait for the blood thirsty Western economies to crash and the empire to be dismantled.

Thumb lebnanfirst 24 October 2012, 23:46

@bigjohn
Start holding your breath from now. Doubtful that the West will soon disintegrate but you most likely will. No big loss for humanity, in fact may even be a slight gain to loose a rotted brain like yours.

Missing bigjohn 25 October 2012, 00:03

I love how you countered my facts and arguments. Humanities???? I see where you stand with humanity and your knowledge of history and your....mindless brain. You can reply as much as you want...I will no longer do because your comments to not deserve a reply.

Thumb lebnanfirst 25 October 2012, 00:11

Facts? You mention a couple of distant past elections and that constitutes proof of how bad Western nations are and justifies y our tirade? Those nations's governments you mentioned we're allied with the Soviet Union and where is the Soviet Union now. Spare us the indignant response and fast forward your life and political philosophy to join the 21st century.

Missing bigjohn 25 October 2012, 00:13

The last thing to "Israelfirst" and all the western slaves...I and the east have had a civilization way before the West. We will survive, but the white man is very scared because he will become a minority in the land he occupies and is afraid that the persons of color will treat him like he has treated them in the last 500 years.

Missing bigjohn 25 October 2012, 00:23

Israelfirst..It does not matter if the lousy Soviet Union supported them. The issue where you totally went over your head is the Vietnamese people fought and resisted the blood thirsty western imperialists and won! What a waist trying to reach you.

Thumb lebnanfirst 25 October 2012, 05:59

@bigjohn
Your philosophy is exactly why we remain backward 3rd world country that has not advanced one iota during the last 50+ years. Here is a quotation from Al Mutanabbi that those like you never understood and internalized and likely never will:
لا تقل أصلي و فصلي أبدًا، إنما اصل الفتى ما قد حصل
Shed your Stone Age views and move forward. History never forgives or forgets.

Missing bigjohn 25 October 2012, 17:14

The 1 Phoenix...you are absolutely correct. M8 did also pay people to come to Lebanon to vote. I did not mention it because I was just replying to the statement that persons were forced to vote for M8.

Default-user-icon PPP (Guest) 25 October 2012, 01:14

The Shiites are 45% of the Lebanese population and should be ruling the country instead of the Maronite president. The total number of all the Christians is barely 20% and should be represented accordingly in government instead of the overly inflated 50%

Thumb phoenician 24 October 2012, 20:39

IT WONT WORK, confessional institution DONT WORK, Holland was a Christian confessional institution( Catholics, protestants,calvinists) and did not work, therefore in Lebanon we stand NO CHANCE.

Missing gabby7 24 October 2012, 21:18

By the way when are M8 going to let the ex-pats vote in the elections like all other countries do?

They keep resisting that one.

Missing phillipo 24 October 2012, 22:40

I disagree with your statement about ALL other countries allowing ex-pats to vote. My own country, the UK for one doesn't.
I also feel that allowing ex-pats to vote can open up situations that people living abroad can influence what is going on within the country.
I for one feel that if someone really wants to have a say in the internal affairs of a country, then he/she should live there and not in another country.

Thumb lebnanfirst 24 October 2012, 23:56

@phillipo
Did not thumb you down nor up because there is some truth to what you.
The other face of the coin is that the world is increasingly becoming interconnected and distances that used to matter no longer matter today what with the ubiquitousness of the Internet and communication media. In fact so much so that it is no longer unusual to have some families distributed across continents not just neighboring countries.
Also, remember one very important factor, it is the expats that by and large are buoying the Lebanese economy hence they deserve the right to vote and not be thrown the 6 reps bone. Shove that solution where the sun never shines.

Thumb shab 24 October 2012, 21:29

You are so right. Thank you. Now bomb Iran and Syria

Missing allouchi 24 October 2012, 21:47

God bless the USA.

Default-user-icon Truedemocracy (Guest) 24 October 2012, 22:09

I completely agree with you Mrs. Clinton. That means, the Lebanese do not want a government that is a proxy for ANY country, INCLUDING the United States of America, Syria, Iran, France, etc.

The more countries meddle into the internal affairs of the Lebanese, the worse off. Let the Lebanese live in peace among each other.

Thumb phoenician 24 October 2012, 23:02

God bless Lebanon Israel and USA.

Missing canadianadam 25 October 2012, 04:58

I don't like Clinton but I despise the HA and Itanian movement.

Lets add the neo nazi Phoenician To this list as well. No more extremists in Lebanon.

Thumb phoenician 24 October 2012, 23:02

And Britain ofcourse.

Thumb lebnanfirst 25 October 2012, 00:01

@bigjohn
You seem to suffer from white man inferiority complex. Keep your inferiorities to yourself and stop projecting them onto others.
I have long advocated that the Lebanese have everything it takes to join and compete on the world stage because they are educated capable people and do not need to opt for the Neanderthal approach that M8 advocates to win.

Thumb phoenician 25 October 2012, 00:16

@bigjohn

What a racist Anthropoid you really are.

Missing bigjohn 25 October 2012, 00:26

ONLY those who embrace the white man and tries to please him (who considers himself superior to us) have the inferiority complex.

Thumb lebnanfirst 25 October 2012, 02:42

No, those who insist on stereotyping people are the ones who have a complex. People are people period.

Thumb eli-g 25 October 2012, 17:12

thank you Mrs. Clinton.Now do something and help.

Default-user-icon Skyfall (Guest) 25 October 2012, 18:24

@ FT, i think maybe the lebanese expats should have more than 6 MPS, maybe around 20 would be good, which would count 4 christians, 4 druze, 4 sunnite, 4 chiites. And it could or could not be influential in laws but its still very good. i mean lots of money comes from abroad to Lebanon, they are allowed to vote. and have more than just 6 MPS. 20 is amazing to start i think and its still not really hgih compared to the count of 128MPS our parliament has. Expats must have their saying and have the right to give the side they want the power to go on with a decision or not. The difference between March 8th or March 14th was always between 10mps or a bit more ( which are those mostly of jumblat). Now the 20 MPS of the expats could remedy that and stop giving this turncoat a say in lebanese politics.

Default-user-icon Skyfall (Guest) 25 October 2012, 18:25

And please clinton go take care of Bill, i think hes doing obama's wife right now u must take care of your " internal " affairs :)