Larijani visits the “Lebanese wilaya”?
Walid Phares DC 22.12.14
The visit by the “Speaker of the Shura Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran” to the Republic of Lebanon, based on his speech at the Lebanese University and his claim that “Hezbollah is more effective than a state” looks more like a visit by a Vilayet-e-Faqih official to “Wilayat Lubnan” inside the “Global Imama.” But why to blame him, he feels at home in a country his ally Assad invaded fully in 1990 and his ally Hezbollah re-invaded the capital of, in 2008. What Larijani is unveiling to the international community is that Iran controls Lebanon, period. This is another long term effect of the one single battle of October 13, 1990. Seizing the Ministry of Defense and the Presidential Palace, and grabbing the command of the Lebanese military, was not a local event in domestic Lebanese politics. It was a shift of Lebanon, after subduing the last little piece of it still unoccupied, to the “Imama.” Even the earth-shattering Cedars Revolution, completely mismanaged by politicians, didn’t last more than three years. Don’t blame Larijani, he is no different from Soviet Minister Andrei Gromyko visiting Soviet dominated Czechoslovakia in the 1970s, after the Prague Spring. What is important is that matters are clear and will become clearer, even if the Hezbollah-elite and its “contractors” are enjoying power in the country. Every pleasure has an expiration date…
Iranian speaker says Hezbollah more effective than a state
December 22, 2014 Agencies
The Iranian Shura Council Ali Larijani , currently in Beirut, has hailed what he described as the “positive” role played by the Shiite Hezbollah militant group in the Middle East.
“There are groups that are even more effective than states… like Hezbollah, which plays a positive role in the region,” Larijani said during a lecture delivered at the law faculty of the Lebanese University in Beirut.
Larijani praised Hezbollah for its resistance role in the Israeli 33-day war in July 2006 .
“This is a great advantage for the Lebanese people to bear the flag of resistance and to have demonstrated a new approach in the Islamic world,” Larijani said.
“[Palestinian groups] Hamas and Islamic Jihad also serve as powerful symbols of resistance,” he added, while warning of the potential impact of “destructive terrorist groups like the ISIL.”
As for the situation in Syria, a strong ally of Tehran, Larijani said that political and social reform could not be imposed “through warplanes and tanks.”
“The key to solving the Syria crisis is political compromise,” he stressed.
Addressing the current situation in Lebanon Larijani welcomed the talks between Hezbollah and Future movement about holding dialogue meetings and said the “presidency in Lebanon is an internal issue and other countries can only help this trend”
Larijani came to the Lebanese capital earlier Monday from Damascus, where he had met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a day earlier.
Larijani said in a statement to journalists upon arrival at Damascus airport on Sunday that his visit to Syria aims at providing support to the Syrian Government and people, in addition to discussing the current situations as well as consulting with Syrian officials with regard to solving the standing political issues, SANA reported
Larijani is now holding talks with several senior Lebanese government officials and political figures.
He first met with Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail and then went into talks with Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain el-Tineh, a key ally of the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group.
Following the meeting in Ain al-Tineh Speaker Berri told reporters
“We thank Iran for supporting Lebanon and the resistance ( Hezbollah) in particular ” .
Before the outbreak of the “Arab Spring” uprisings, Syria, Iran and Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah movement – along with Hamas – had all been part of a so-called “axis of resistance.”
On the other side of the equation stood a U.S.-friendly “axis of moderation,” including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Egypt (under then-president Hosni Mubarak).
Upon the outbreak of the Syrian uprising in 2011, Hamas refused to support the Syrian regime, straining relations between the two and prompting Hamas’ leadership to decamp from Damascus.
Recent months, however, have seen Hamas and Iran – Syria’s ally– taking tentative steps towards reconciliation.
The conflict in Syria, now in its fourth year, has continued to fuel sectarian tension inside Lebanon, with the Shiite Hezbollah group’s ongoing military support for al-Assad’s Alawite-dominated regime drawing condemnation from Arab Sunni groups.