Aoun Urges Change in Methods of 'Combating Terrorism' in Lebanon

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Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Tuesday called for a change in the methods of “combating terrorism” in the country, slamming what he called the “chaos” that characterizes the relations among the various security agencies.

“Everyone knows that we had warned against the entry of Syrians and said that they must be registered because we can't host people whose political affiliations we don't know, even if they come from a neighboring country,” Aoun said after the weekly meeting of the Change and Reform bloc in Rabiyeh.

“We also called for controlling the border and the illegitimate border crossings, but the survey (of refugees) and the controlling of the border and crossings did not happen and our calls fell on the deaf ears of the security officials,” Aoun added.

He noted that the number of Syrian refugees has swollen to more than one million “and our ministers proposed plans to reach a solution that guarantees their return to their country.”

Aoun recalled that he had told premier Najib Miqati “countless times” that it is unacceptable to “keep 400,000 civilians in Tripoli under the mercy of 400 gunmen.”

Commenting on the latest audio message released by Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir, Aoun said the fugitive Islamist cleric hinted that “no region will remain immune to attacks in the vein of what happened in Tripoli and Dahieh.”

“We will be targeted and we are not better than the others citizens. Had there not been conspiracies involving domestic parties, security measures would have accompanied the escalation on the border, but unfortunately the 'occupied minds' cannot decide anything unless it serves the interest of the occupier,” Aoun added.

“Terrorists and Takfiris begin small, just like plants, before they grow bigger and the same can be said about the terrorist Takfiri cells, but state officials are saying that they can't do anything,” he lamented.

“We had stressed the need to address terrorism and terrorists, who find a safe haven in society which offers them a cover and rejects any attempt to capture them,” the FPM leader went on to say.

Aoun said that he had noted around the national dialogue table that “confronting such acts requires equipment and accurate coordination among all security agencies.”

“We also said that security incidents between the army and some Palestinian organizations and some Palestinians spark concern among citizens, who fear that Palestinians might become a party in the domestic conflict,” he added.

Aoun warned that “militias jeopardize the state's stability and its ability to control the situations, knowing that these arms can't be compared to the disciplined arms of the resistance.”

Separately, the FPM leader said there are two urgent oil decrees that were submitted to the cabinet before its resignation "and we don't understand why they have not been signed."

"There are political and personal reasons," Aoun charged.

"Some parties do not like the energy minister ... and who can prevent the firms from withdrawing their bids should the signature be delayed further?" he warned.

“It is unacceptable to tamper with our credibility towards the international community, especially in the issue of oil, and we know that Israel does not want Lebanon to extract its oil and wants to monopolize the market for a long period ranging from 20 to 30 years,” Aoun added.

He noted that negligence and delay in signing the two decrees “serves Israel's interest.”

“Who is responsible for convening the cabinet? The issue is urgent,” he stressed.

“We committed ourselves to the terms and conditions and to a cabinet resolution promising that they will be issued on time. May God curse those who delay them, because they would be taking part in the conspiracy,” added Aoun.

Timeline
  • 27 August 2013, 17:24

    Aoun: We also said that militias jeopardize the state's stability and its ability to control the situations, knowing that these arms can't be compared to the disciplined arms of the resistance.

  • 27 August 2013, 17:22

    Aoun: We also said that security incidents between the army and some Palestinian organizations and some Palestinians spark concern among citizens, who fear that Palestinians might become a party in the domestic conflict.

  • 27 August 2013, 17:22

    Aoun: We said that confronting such acts requires equipment and accurate coordination among all security agencies.

  • 27 August 2013, 17:20

    Aoun: We stressed the need to address terrorism and terrorists who find a safe haven in society which offers them a cover and rejects any attempt to capture them.

  • 27 August 2013, 17:19

    Aoun: Terrorists and Takfiris begin small, just like plants, before they grow bigger and the same can be said about the terrorist, Takfiri cells, while state officials are saying that they can't do anything.

  • 27 August 2013, 17:17

    Aoun: We will be targeted and we are not better than the others citizens. Had there not been conspiracies involving domestic parties, security measures would have accompanied the escalation on the border, but unfortunately the "occupied minds" cannot decide anything unless it serves the interest of the occupier.

  • 27 August 2013, 17:16

    Aoun: Al-Asir hinted that no region will remain immune to attacks in the vein of what happened in Tripoli and Dahieh.

  • 27 August 2013, 17:15

    Aoun: We told the premier (Miqati) countless times that it is unacceptable to keep 400,000 civilians in Tripoli under the mercy of 400 gunmen.

  • 27 August 2013, 17:14

    Aoun: The number of Syrian refugees swelled to more than one million and our ministers proposed plans to reach a solution that guarantees their return to their country.

  • 27 August 2013, 17:12

    Aoun: We also called for controlling the border and the illegitimate border crossings, but the survey (of refugees) and the controlling of the border and crossings did not happen and our calls fell on the deaf ears of the security officials.

  • 27 August 2013, 17:12

    Aoun: Everyone knows that we had warned against the entry of Syrians and said that they must be registered because we can't host people whose political affiliations we don't know, even if they come from a neighboring country.

  • 27 August 2013, 17:10

    Aoun: We committed ourselves to the terms and conditions and to a cabinet resolution promising that they will be issued on time. May God curse those who delay them, because they would be taking part in the conspiracy.

  • 27 August 2013, 17:10

    Aoun: The negligence and delay in signing the two decrees serves Israel's interest. Who is responsible for convening the cabinet? The issue is urgent.

  • 27 August 2013, 17:08

    Aoun: It is unacceptable to tamper with our credibility towards the international community, especially in the issue of oil, and we know that Israel does not want Lebanon to extract its oil and wants to monopolize the market for a long period ranging from 20 to 30 years.

  • 27 August 2013, 17:08

    Aoun: Some parties do not like the energy minister ... and who can prevent the firms from withdrawing their bids should the signature be delayed further?

  • 27 August 2013, 17:07

    FPM leader MP Michel Aoun after weekly meeting of Change and Reform bloc: There are two urgent oil decrees that were submitted to the cabinet before its resignation and we don't understand why they have not been signed. There are political and personal reasons.

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Comments 22
Thumb geha 27 August 2013, 17:31

he is so scared to loose the commission that he is going crazy cursing those who refused to sign :)

Thumb the_roar 27 August 2013, 21:12

Amen to that FT.

Thumb speakfreely 27 August 2013, 17:34

Ma bya3rif Allah wen 7attu. What did he say this time?

Missing karim_m2- 27 August 2013, 17:49

God bless General Aoun for his staunch patriotism, defense of Lebanon's democracy, and opposition to February 14-sponsored terrorism.

Thumb freedomarch 29 August 2013, 05:18

HA warriors? And counting Less and less and less and less ... keep fighting in syria ... :) hahahaha are you counting them?

Missing gabby14 27 August 2013, 17:49

Cukoo....cukoo......Aoun needs pajamas again. ASSad is just about to be hit for using chemicals. The FPM movement was tied to ASSad.....he filled his pockets from the devil and now his ship is sinking too.

Default-user-icon True Lebanese (Guest) 27 August 2013, 18:03

The sole of his shoe is more intelligent and honorable than all of you combined and that of your masters.

There are people who do not deserve someone like this man.

Missing whyaskwhy 27 August 2013, 18:26

Clown sounds like a broken record "it's not my fault... It's everyone else"

Thumb justice 27 August 2013, 18:38

Aoun: Al-Asir hinted that no region will remain immune to attacks in the vein of what happened in Tripoli and Dahieh.

It was you and Nassrallah who hinted much earlier than Assir. Playback your Tuesday theatricals of a couple of weeks, general.

Default-user-icon Libnanie (Guest) 27 August 2013, 18:49

At one point, I respected this man becasue he stood against Syrian control of Lebanon. After he sold his principals to the Syrians and HA, he has proven himself to be as low as the rest of the politicians in Lebanon. Tfeh, he demonstrates absolutly NO morals or principals.

Thumb the_roar 27 August 2013, 19:40

I will only ask this.......Why is the General, the only leader concerned with refugees? Between the Syrians & Palestinians, Lebanon has over 2 million refugees.
I don't hear one other leader address this or seem worried!
For all those who only hate on this man. I wish your country all the best with your new brothers & sisters that you will never be able to remove.
Keep hating on this man & cheer for your leaders, because they address the real issues.

Missing samiam 27 August 2013, 20:26

I don't mind him being concerned about refugees, but he hasn't offered any practical solutions (I say ship them off to Iraq and Turkey), and he is as they say, he's a buck short and a dollar late. This should have been addressed 2 years ago, and even then, there was no way to humanely stop the flow of refugees because it was beyond our control.

It makes for good talking points for the politicians though.

Thumb the_roar 27 August 2013, 20:31

He hasn't? really? & you want people to take you seriously???
Why do I bother with challenged Naharnet'er ???

Missing samiam 27 August 2013, 22:18

yeah FT, name a PRACTICAL/PRAGMATIC solution he has mentioned which can be IMPLEMENTED now? How about one he has brought to parliament?

I ask questions which need answers--you want to act like the rest of M8 and call me names when it is apparent you don't know the answer, then by all means, carry on. I thought minions were only a hizb iran issue, but apparently aounist minions also exist.

Missing cleanleb 28 August 2013, 06:27

@the_roar
"Why is the General, the only leader concerned with refugees?"
The answer is sad but simple. Palestinians and Syrians are from which sect? Rafic Hariri wanted the Palestinians naturalized for two reasons: 1- he will add 400000 Sunnis to his voting base
2- he will get paid for it by the West

Thumb Senescence 28 August 2013, 17:51

cleanleb, I do not understand; he is against the neutralization of refugees and sees quite correctly the danger this influx will have down the road.

Thumb the_roar 27 August 2013, 19:44

You tried to be smart, but in fact you are not far off.
The idols you worship have made sure Lebanon has almost as many Syrian refugees in Lebanon as Lebanese..why not address the Syrians in future as though they are equal to any Lebanese citizen..Can you remove them now?
'Get used to them on your heads.

Missing M11er 27 August 2013, 21:52

on one hand, aoun is right. the international community need to feel the lebanese government is credible otherwise, lebanon is screwed.

on the other hand, everybody knows bassil is corrupt, and is waiting for his share.

the real question is: which option is the least of the two evil.?

Default-user-icon ezzo (Guest) 28 August 2013, 00:22

ya habibi while we are busy killing ourselves over nothing, the Israelis are busy drilling... soooo I wonderrrr who wants us to fight each other... who does it make sense for? HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.

Oh, I know.

Missing -_-wolf-_- 28 August 2013, 00:37

Set up Refugee camps in the Golan Heights, let the UN look after their interest as the League of Nations did to the refugee Jews' pre 1948 !
Signed Wolf .

Default-user-icon Truth (Guest) 28 August 2013, 08:26

You cannot combat terrorism when terrorism is from within ! On top, until recently , only one side was commiting terrorist acts in Lebanon and elsewhere, and that's Hizbollah! They were around way before Al Qaeda existed you second tier General !

Missing coolmec 28 August 2013, 15:03

I wish this idiot will shut up