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Hezbollah’s activities danger to Lebanon

FILE - In this May 22, 2010 file photo, a Hezbollah fighter, stands behind an empty rocket launcher while explaining to the group various tactics and weapons used against Israeli soldiers on the battlefield, during a trip to Hezbollah strongholds, in Sojod village. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

The Cabinet must take care in deciding how it deals with Hezbollah’s participation in cross-border issues so as to avoid implicating Lebanon in international accusations of terrorism, a senior opposition source told The Daily Star.

If Hezbollah’s involvement in the Burgas bus bombing is conclusively proven, the source said the party’s agenda and strategy can no longer be said to protect Lebanon as its leaders and lawmakers claim. It would also suggest that Hezbollah is implementing the aims of Syria and Iran, and will eventually harm the state and implicate it in problems the country does not want or need.

The senior source said his party has information that indicates Hezbollah is involved in activities outside Lebanon that go beyond resistance against Israel or defending Lebanon’s sovereignty and independence.

He added that Lebanon will have difficulty defending Hezbollah and rejecting accusations of terrorism if the party’s agenda is not related to resisting Israel and curbing its attempts to control the south.

Noting that Hezbollah agreed to the Baabda Declaration, which calls for isolating Lebanon from regional and international strife, the source expressed fear that Hezbollah will drag the country into foreign conflicts it cannot bear.

He called for a close look into the reasons behind negotiations between regional and international powers to find a resolution for the Middle East’s troubles, especially in light of the current American administration’s attempts to find political settlements to their disagreements with Iran and Russia.

On top of this, the source said the United States and Russia have agreed to bring a negotiated end to the Syrian crisis as part of a larger deal on various contested issues between the two countries.

He added that he has information that Washington, Moscow and other powerful governments are attempting to divide up their spheres of influence in the region, in an effort to control the Arab Spring and curb the rise of Islamic fundamentalism.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 21, 2013, on page 3.




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