| 5 March 2024, Tuesday |

“Sawt Beirut International” news bulletin for Friday, August 6, 2021

In today’s news bulletin:

– Southern Lebanon on a hot tin plate, and UNIFIL warns of the situation’s seriousness

– Hasbaya residents confiscate a Hezbollah rocket launcher, and hand over its passengers to the army

-After the truck driver’s certificate of transporting ammonium to the south, the judiciary takes action.

What happened today in the south is both dangerous and expressive. First, it is dangerous, because it confirms once again that Hezbollah not only controls the Lebanese political decision, but also controls the decision of war and peace as well, which exposes Lebanon to many dangers and makes it an unstable country.

So, who gave Hezbollah the right to decide for the entire Lebanese people? And who gave it the authority to decide, instead of the state, when to respond to Israel, how, by what means, and at what level? The state is required today of taking a stance regarding what happened. Denunciation is important and condemning what Israel has committed in the past two days, is also important, of course, but the President of the Republic and the resigned Prime Minister, should summon representatives of Hezbollah to confront them with these difficult questions. But would Michel Aoun and Hassan Diab dare of doing this, or will they continue to bury their heads in the sand, which exposes Lebanon to greater dangers on a daily basis?

And what happened is expressive, because what the two presidents did not dare to do, the people of Shwayya in Hasbaya district, did. They blocked the road to a rocket launcher, carrying Hezbollah missiles, and did not release its passengers, until a force from the army and intelligence, arrived to receive the rocket launcher. For the first time,  people in a border area, counter a force of Hezbollah, to ban it from carrying out what it wants, and this, if it indicates anything, is that the people have gone far ahead of those responsible, and that they are keen on Lebanon and its lands and on the “oneness of arms”, more than the President of the Republic and the government.

When will our officials become really responsible? And when will they start believing in their state and their army? And when will they refuse to turn Lebanon into a platform for achieving Iran’s interests in the region? You, officials, remember that Lebanon is an independent state, and that the Lebanese people refuse to become soldiers in the “Wilayat al-Faqih” army, as you are doing. Will you, for even once, be responsible enough?