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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.

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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?

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!

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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.

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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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