Aoun Stresses Lebanon to Defend Itself, Says Country Has '4 Enemies'

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President Michel Aoun on Saturday emphasized that Lebanon will defend itself against any Israeli attack.

“Israel has been increasingly violating Resolution 1701 and repeating its attacks on Lebanon. While stressing our keenness on abiding by this Resolution and resolving the disputed issues under the U.N.’s sponsorship, we are also committed to defending ourselves as well as our land, water and sovereignty and there will be no leniency in that,” Aoun said in a speech marking Army Day.

Turning to the domestic situations, Aoun said Lebanon has “four enemies.”

“The first enemy of Lebanon is the corruption that is rampant in institutions and in a lot of mentalities. It is fighting fiercely, but the steps towards eradicating it are ongoing firmly albeit slowly,” the president said.

He added that the second enemy is “those who tamper with citizens’ food security to accumulate profit,” the third is “those who contribute to undermining our national currency to amass money” and the fourth is “those who launch rumors to spread despair” and those who “roam the world inciting against their country and people and trying to block any assistance from them.”

Aoun also slammed those who have “opened fire at all rescue attempts” and those who “evaded responsibility amid the crisis.”

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Thumb galaxy 6 months

Lebanon has only one enemy: the iranian terror militia aka hezbollah.

Missing lebanese4lyfe 6 months

If it wasnt for hez, we would be calling Beirut an Israeli city.

Thumb lebnanfirst 6 months

Given the current state of Lebanon at large and Beirut specifically, how’s that supposed to be a more positive outcome? Which do you think most of us Lebanese would vote for given the opportunity to do so today?
Dogma goes only so far, theocratic dogma even less.

Missing phillipo 6 months

How do you reach that conclusion?
Amman and Cairo are the capitals of two great Arab States which have signed peace treaties with Israel. Why should Beirut be any different?

Thumb doodle-dude 6 months

lol@iranian4lyfe

Thumb Puppet 6 months

General Aoun who is now president and shia Imam has captured my wildest imagination and earned my utmost respect when he said "Country Has '4 Enemies'.

Thumb eagledawn 6 months

“بتبقى انت الحلم، والحلم ما بيشيخ
الله يحميك
بي الكل

A fearless man - A real leader - A true statesman.

Missing phillipo 6 months

“Israel has been increasingly violating Resolution 1701 and repeating its attacks on Lebanon. While stressing our keenness on abiding by this Resolution and resolving the disputed issues under the U.N.’s sponsorship, we are also committed to defending ourselves as well as our land, water and sovereignty and there will be no leniency in that,” Aoun said.
He failed to state that by allowing Hizaballah to be armed, and to be south of the Litani, he was allowing Lebanon itself to violate Resolution 1701. By the way, when was Israels' last attack on a government (not Hizballah) controlled part of Lebanon?

Missing lebanese4lyfe 6 months

They destroy lebanese Infrastructure everytime there is a war, carefully avoiding their christian allies Neighborhoods.

Missing phillipo 6 months

Every time there is a war!!! And who exactly starts those wars? Oh yes, that terrorist organisation that is allowed (encouraged) by the Government of Lebanon to violate Resolution 1701 by being armed and south of the Litani.

Thumb lebnanfirst 6 months

No @phillipo, though most Lebanese are now turning against Hizbullah, it’s not because we don’t believe Israel and Zionism is the aggressor on Palestinian rights and therefore there is a cases belli for legitimate resistance to Israeli policies.
Most of us Lebanese today are loath to share the burden by ourselves today and especially under the tutelage of a dogmatic theocracy not so much different from Zionist dogma at least in that both espouse the belief that their directions come from the almighty.
I have on good authority that the almighty wants nothing to do with either theocratic dogma and loathes both equally.

Missing phillipo 6 months

I understand what you are getting at, but please remember that there are many people who claim to be Palestinians living in Jordan and Egypt, two of your fellow Arab States, which have peace treaties with Israel. Why should Lebanon continue dragging their feet on this matter?

Default-user-icon Liban2 (Guest) 6 months

(hizballah) controlled part of lebanon ! that part of lebanon aren't they lebanese too ? or they just came from different planet and occupied that area ?

Default-user-icon kazan (Guest) 6 months

Lebanon has one enemy, and that is it's constitution, which is based on religion , this is the reason why Lebanese dot not feel they belong to one nation.

Default-user-icon kazan (Guest) 6 months

A message to the elite families controlling Lebanon: "if you love your children and you are sincere about your love to Lebanon, then ensure that all Lebanese have equal opportunities and equal rights,not based on religion, then this country will prospe.If not, sooner or later this country will disappear.

Thumb lebanonforever 6 months

Aouns latest has clarified what we already knew...

Signs of mental madness is when a patient is so mentally sick, they actually wage an internal war within themselves..

MujAnoun has identified several enemies, of those all except Israel are under his mental madness.. his own doing and his own admission..
I'm sure after he realises, he will end up in Deir el Salib

Default-user-icon Jack Hall (Guest) 6 months

Israel has no enemy in Lebanon, Lebanon has a enemy inside,
Israel care's less about Lebanon for 16 years,
Hezbollah stopped firing missiles,
that was quick to unserstand

Default-user-icon HabibiLebnan (Guest) 6 months

This president has alzheimers and is son-in-law is running everything

Missing striker 6 months

Useless president! Lebanon's problem is your government and Hezbulla! Hezbulla is the priority here as without them the government will collapse and your corruptions will shed to light...

Thumb Geralt 6 months

Aoun also slammed those who have “opened fire at all rescue attempts” and those who “evaded responsibility amid the crisis.”

Direct hit to Hassan Diab govt... Our beloved (sarcastic) president wishes to install a new govt in which his son in law will be minister (in order to keep a close eye on the 3ahed of course)!

Missing rami 6 months

SOS, tu savais qu'ils sont à court de couches au palais? c problement l'excès de délire que l'on remarque en ce moment.

Default-user-icon Jimmy (Guest) 6 months

Oh for Gods sake shut up you can't even give your people basic essentials of electricity and half the population is under the poverty line and its growing daily and you robbed your people and your talking about defending lol with what

Default-user-icon Ameri-Leb (Guest) 6 months

Only two solutions: One would be total destruction. French mandate OR civil war. French mandate may result in war while the international coalition disarms Hezbollah. Lebanon cannot fix things themselves because every person that held office since 1990 stole from Lebanon. Reform means EXPOSURE. No reform no IMF money, no reform = failed state. France has ties to Lebanon and is the only viable country to reform it. Definitely not any Arab country with conflict of interest between Sunni vs Shiite. Disarm Hezbollah then Lebanon can make peace with its neighbors and strengthen world relations. Current government must step down; need non-politicians with "no experience" (in stealing).

Default-user-icon Ameri-Leb (Guest) 6 months

CORRECT 100%. Lebanon has 4 enemies as expressed by President Aoun and all 4 are within the government of Lebanon starting with the President (who is weak & nieve), then his alliance in Hezbollah (who controls the airpoer, port, government), then all the corrupt politicians and finally all the Sunni/Shiite foreign ministers who are in Lebanon competing against one another for control of the small, weak country; a silent war to gain influence by population "numbers"...he who has the population numbers control irregardless if the offspring are uneducated and living on the streets pedaling. The truth hurts right?

Default-user-icon Amer-Leb (Guest) 6 months

Revolution ● Resignation ● Reform