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A Common Understanding that is not understood

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Recently in an interview with France Press, Future Movement leader Sheikh Saad Al-Hariri said that he can not understand how a political leader as Prime Minister Michel Aoun can be simultaneously with the international justice and security counsel resolutions and in Alliance with a Hezbollah which is a terrorist group.

Mr. Hariri continues to defend his past alliance with Hezbollah during the 2005 elections by saying that Hezbollah gave him nothing in return and today is asking for Hariri, Jumblat and Aoun umbrella, Aoun is not acceptable because of his association with Hezbollah!

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Prime Minister Aoun who returned from exile after years of Syrian occupation to Lebanon signed and understanding with Hezbollah early 2006. The understanding signature, symbolically took place at Saint Michael church in a neighborhood that was a former fighting line between christians and muslims in Lebanon.

The understanding that affirmed for a diplomatic relations with Syria asked for consensual democracy and linked the dilemma of Hezbollah weapons to the liberation of Shebaa farms, the return of prisoners and a strategic defense plan; all can be achieved by a strong state in Lebanon.

Nassrallah - Aoun understanding has been under attack since the minute the two men left Saint Michael church. In the same night future TV broadcasted statements for the two leaders that contradict the understanding, Aoun and all his parliamentary members are charged to be Syrian and Iranian puppets. Lebanese forces official website today is putting a strong effort in archiving Prime Minster Aoun statements regarding Hezbollah weapons, asking the christians to wake up and rebel against Aoun for the Free Patriotic Movement has been clearly intruded by Hezbollah secret service as stated by one of the official web sites! If the two leaders were in statements agreement before why did they need to go to church and sign an understanding?

What did the understanding between Aoun and Hezbollah include? Did Hezbollah furnish anything to Lebanon through his signature? Did Aoun gain politically by signing a common understanding with a party classified by the United States as a terrorist group?

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Before reading the understanding a supporter to Aoun commented "Buddies and Syrian followers are leaving Damascus while the General is going up! After reading the common understanding we can identify on the ground the positive factors it had to the Lebanese political life especially during July 06 war were Israel was unsuccessful in targeting Hezbollah targeted Lebanon people and economy!

The christians opened their doors to the Shiites; it was clear that Lebanese needed a common bridge to build on.

One comment that could be made for Nassrallah and Aoun that their understanding came seventeen years late but in time to try saving the democracy and bridge dialogue between the Lebanese.

What we did not understand from the understanding is an Islamic republic for Hezbollah; we can not understand the mention of liberation of Palestine or the request for Syrian troops to come back to Lebanon.

In surprise the common understanding does not mention an Islamic republic or liberation of Palestine, this time we can understand a symbolic sign in church and an understanding that has only Lebanon as boundaries.

We understand a request for all parties participation in the Dialogue, a consensual democracy remains the fundamental basis for governance in Lebanon. A modern electoral law and the building of a modern state that has the trust of its citizens not a state connected with Syria, Iran or any other classified evil countries. Fighting corruption and the request for all parties involved in the war for full cooperation to uncover the fate of the missing and the locations of the mass graves. Request the return of the Lebanese citizens currently in Israel to their homeland. Condemnation and rejection of political assassination, the building of a strong state

Furthermore we read in the understanding a request to put in place an integrated security plan based on the centralization of security decisions and on a clear definition of enemy versus friend, the determination of security threats, including the issue of terrorism as well as the security breaches that must be dealt with.

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Finally Hezbollah states that arms are not holly, for carrying arms is not an objective in itself. Rather, it is an honorable and sacred means exercised by any group whose land is occupied, similar in this way to the methods of political resistance. The understanding asks for a strategic defense plan.

Why should an Islamic terrorist Militia sign in a church on democracy and strategic defense plan? The answer is clear; this group is a part of the Lebanese society; it is rooted socially and economically, as Lebanese we have two choices, either fight or understand. The two leaders chose the second option and try to bridge this option to various Lebanese parties.

Aoun supporters can not visualize him shaking hand with Jumblat, Salim Elhouse , Samir Gaggea etc. without shaking hands with Nassrallah . The Free Patriotic Movement still can play the role of finding the middle ground between the Lebanese. The question remains why some can not understand that if Aoun is to be elected as president; his election resembles the virtue of Sovereignty, Freedom, and Independence and won't forget justice and stability.


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Nicolas is a strong follower of Middle East region news , he holds a BA degree in Political Science. He has several articles published in local newspapers and online. Currently Nicolas is completing a Masters in Instructional Technology at (more...)

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