Lebanon & the
Axis of Evil
Two Releases addressing the current Lebanese crisis from The World Council for the Cedars Revolution and the International Lebanese Committee for the Implementation of UNSCR 1559
Press Release -
THE INTERNATIONAL LEBANESE COMMITTEE For UNSCR 1559
Written by ILC 1559
Thursday, 04 October 2007
Beirut, the 3rd of October 2007. Press Release: Mr Toni Nissi, The general coordinator of the International Lebanese Committee For The United Nation Security Council Resolution 1559, has replied to the aggressive campaign targeting lately the international support for Lebanon especially the Security Council Resolution 1559 (UNSCR 1559). This campaign implied that a certain settlement has been done at the expense of the cedar's revolution achievements and its martyrs' blood.
It has been a while since the mercenaries of the Iranian revolution, and their employee,s have been declaring that the Lebanese presidential election will not occur till after the cancellation of UNSCR 1559. They are talking in their circles about a settlement which was reached and agreed upon by all parties in Lebanon. According to them, this settlement include: an executive release from the new Government "to be formed " rejecting the UNSCR 1559 and a formal adoption of the Hizbollah's weapon arsenal. They are even preaching that soon there will be condolences presented for the passing away of UNSCR 1559.
1- We assure Mr Hussein al Hajj Hassan, Mr Mohammad Raad, Mr Naim Kassem and many others that their opinion about UNSCR 1559 was never requested; as criminals are not asked about their views of court judgment but they are better spending this time in repent or remorse and in paying the price of their deeds in peace so that they don't stack further judgments.
2- We remind House Speaker Mr Berri that UNSCR 1559 is an INTERNATIONAL RESOLUTION issued by the SECURITY COUNCIL for the sake of Lebanon and its people. Hence, no matter how highly placed one is, one cannot cancel such a resolution or halt its execution. Moreover, condolences sessions cannot be held against such resolutions.
3- We reinforce the fact that UNSCR 1559 saw light thanks to the effort of expatriate Lebanese and for the sake of the Lebanese people. It is an obligation of the United Nations to intervene anytime to implement this resolution if the Lebanese failed to do so.
4- Everybody in Lebanon knows that there is an agreement between the Cedars revolution and the international resolutions and that these resolutions were produced to help the Lebanese people realize their cedar revolution goals. These goals include: the fight against terrorism, the fight against foreign occupation, a sovereign, democratic, pluralistic and free Lebanon. Any settlement done at the expense of the above goals or at the expense of these special resolutions especially its major star 1559 will be the actual commiseration session for the cedar revolution.
5- All politicians in Lebanon must understand that the cedars revolution in collaboration with the international community has managed to kick the Syrian army out as outlined in the first article but that the remnants of the Syrian tutelage is still trying to govern Lebanon through its commissioner in Lebanon and its second army: Hizbollah and its followers. The politicians must also understand that freeing Lebanon from foreign occupation will require asking help from international community to help implementing the resolutions and thus cancelling this Syrian sponsorship as well as the other foreign occupations. What the Lebanese politicians must finally understand that there should not be any grey areas like these which used to overshadow Lebanon and its decisions for so long during the Syrian occupation. Now the politicians have to choose between being part of the Cedar revolution or being part of terrorism, between being with the martyrs facing their killers or with the killers, between being with the Lebanese people or with those who are hijacking the Lebanese free will.
6- The leaders of 14th of March and the leaders of the cedar revolution understand very well that any settlement with Hizbollah ,Syria, iran (or any other country or organization dealing with the axis of terror ) done at the expense of the cedars revolution and the UNSCR implementation will be like letting go of the cedars revolution goals and international community support. Moreover this settlement will move Lebanon from being a partner to the international community, in its war on terror, to becoming an ally of terrorism.
We are confident that those leaders know their duties toward the Lebanese people, the cedar revolution and the international resolutions. Therefore we believe that none of these leaders will accept any settlement as the one advertised for by the anti cedar revolution front especially if this stand will shift lebanon's government and its system from a partner of the international anti terrorism campaign to a terrorist country.
Finally we assure the Lebanese people that in coordination with the United Nations and the friends of Lebanon, we will not allow any settlement at the expense of the Cedars revolution and at the expense of the Lebanese people' s interests. We will not allow that the Lebanese people becomes a hostage of terrorism. Moreover we will not accept that Lebanon gets a president which shifts it to the axis of terror.
Toni Nissi, Eng
The general coordinator of the International Lebanese Committee
For The United Nation Security Council Resolution 1559
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WCCR Press Release - The Strategic Plan
Written by WCCR
Thursday, 04 October 2007
The World Council for the Cedars Revolution and the International Lebanese Committee for the Implementation of UNSCR 1559, after having held global consultations with Some of world leaders, Lebanese civil society and Diaspora leaders and NGOs, and after having received many appeals from Lebanese citizens inside the country and worldwide to address the present crisis via a direct intervention of the UN Security Council.
After having judged the present situation in Lebanon as dangerous for its pro-democracy members of Parliament, citizens and after having noted that the current Government is unable to take the control of the security situation and is being paralyzed from the inside by armed groups such as Hezbollah and other terrorists organizations (with Syrian and Iranian support) despite the calls by the international community.
We are honored to send you a strategic plan authored by our academic advisor Professor Walid Phares, a Senior Fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington and a Visiting Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy, and to provide a further expertise, analysis and advice.
The Strategic Plan
Entitled, Strategic Steps to Defend Democracy in Lebanon Today, they are as follows:
In view of the dramatic developments over the past few months, including particularly:
1. The assassination of Lebanese legislators Antoine Ghanem, Walid Eido, Pierre Gemayel and previously Gebran Tueni to reduce the number of the democratically elected majority in the Parliament in order to obstruct the election of a free President for Lebanon.
2. The release of the Terrorist group Fatah al Islam in Nahr al Bared to engage the Lebanese Army and bleed it. Knowing that other identical Terrorist groups have also been mobilized in other Lebanese regions, including in the south and the Bekaa valley
3. The attacks launched against the UNIFIL by Terrorist groups, operating in an area under the control of Hezbollah, an organization supported financially by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
4. Having learned from General Petraeus report to the US Congress that U.S and Coalition forces have captured Hezbollah elements in Iraq training Terrorist elements in that country.
5. The urban insurgency conducted in downtown Beirut by Hezbollah, Amal, the Syrian National Social Party, the Baath, the Aoun Movement, and other pro-Syrian organizations. Such an intimidating insurgency, conducted primarily by an organization which parades its weapons and claim possessing tens of thousands of rockets, is aiming at paralyzing the national economy and national security of the Republic of Lebanon.
6. The political maneuvers by Syria's allies in Lebanon, including Parliament speaker Nabih Berri warning that unless the majority accept the diktat of the Hezbollah coalition, there will be urban violence, seizure of institutions and disruption of economic life.
7. Terrorist attacks that took place against civilian neighborhoods over the past two years.
8. The triggering of a regional war across the Lebanese-Israeli border in July 2006 and the potential of repeating this adventure again.
9. The Lebanese-Syrian borders are open and the flow of arms, ammunitions and terrorists is crossing these borders from Syria into Lebanon.
In view of these irrefutable threats rising against democracy in Lebanon, which the most recent expression has been the Cedars Revolution and the March 14 movement, it is crucial to follow the following strategic steps as a way to achieve a defense of this struggling democracy and move forward towards stability and security. These steps can be modified via discussions with the Lebanese Government and the leaders of the March 14 Movement and the legislative majority in Lebanon.
A. Firm and clear statements to be issued by the US, French, European and Arab Governments calling for a protection of the Presidential election in Lebanon under Chapter 7 of the UN charter in application of UNSCR 1559.
B. Asking the Governments of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan to encourage the Lebanese Government headed by Prime Minister Fouad Seniora and politicians in Lebanon to request a UN intervention for the purpose of protecting the election of a new President.
C. Asking the speaker of the Parliament in Lebanon to hold the election session under UN auspices to protect the Lebanese legislators, now targets of terrorism. If the speaker refuses, asking the deputy speaker, if not the older legislator from the majority.
D. Place the Lebanese legislators of the March 14 coalition under security protection of the UN.
E. Designate a secure location and a date for this election and ask the UN delegate for the implementation of UNSCR 1559 top oversee the electoral process. Ask the UNIFIL to dispatch a special unit to join the Lebanese Army and Security forces to protect the operation. Place the zone and site of the election under UN command until the election is over.
F. Place the President elect under UN protection until he/she is installed constitutionally at the Presidential palace in Baabda. Assist the President elect in securing the Presidential Palace.
This UN action is not only needed but it falls under the direct responsibility of the Security Council for the following reasons:
First: The UNSCR 1559 has asked for the election of a new President for Lebanon. This process is now obstructed and endangered by Terror activities.
Second: A number of Lebanese legislators, who have been elected as result of the implementation of one stipulation of UNSCR 1559, which is the withdrawal of the Syrian forces, have been assassinated since 2005. The non implementation of the second and third stipulations, i.e., the disarming of all paramilitary networks and the election of a new President, is impeding the implementation of the resolution by the way of violence.
Third: The UN has had precedents in protecting elections at multiple levels so that the constituents can express themselves in freedom and security. The principle of extending a UN protection under chapter 7 was implemented in many cases, including in East Timor and Afghanistan. And the principle of protecting elected officials threatened by terror actions has also been implemented around the world.
Hence, the UN Security Council has the obligation to oversee the implementation of this resolution under Chapter 7 of the Charter and the current Lebanese Government has the obligation to cooperate with the UN in this regard.
For The World Council of the Cedars Revolution
Joseph P Baini John Hajjar
World Council Chairman National Director USA
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