As predicted, Hezbullah (March 8 coalition) has pulled out of the Lebanese coalition government and might be setting the stage for a coup d'état. Minister of State Adnan Sayyed Hussein (Hezbullah) announced Wednesday his resignation from Prime Minister Saad Hariri's government raising the number of resigned ministers to 11. The Hezbullah ministers resigned over tensions stemming from a UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. It is widely expected the U.N. tribunal will name Hezbullah officials in the assassination of Hariri.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri met with Barack Obama today (Wednesday) and will be flying to Paris to meet with French President Sarkozy to discus the situation. It has been reported that President Obama offered Prime Minister Hariri his support, but what kind of "support" isn't known. What is known is the United States ordered US Navy vessels to reinforce the Sixth Fleet stationed in the eastern Mediterranean in case of conflict. The USS Enterprise carrier strike group and the USS Bainbridge missile destroyer are said to be in the area. It has been reported the French Navy was also ordered to strengthen it's presence opposite Lebanon.
Hezbullah Energy Minister Jibran Bassil was quoted as saying, "This cabinet has become a burden on the Lebanese, unable to do its work, we are giving a chance for another government to take over." I think that may be the clue Hezbullah intends to take over the reins of government by force. This crisis has been in the making for many months now and has been orchestrated by the terrorist Iranian regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Whether Hezbullah creates a situation in northern Israel that ignites another war remains to be seen, but it certainly cannot be discounted. Hezbullah is armed to the teeth (60,000) with Iranian, Syrian supplied missiles and may want use them to create a distraction. I always assumed Iran would use their terrorist proxy in Lebanon to attack Israel when Israel attacked Iran's nuclear infrastructure, but that may change. The U.N. tribunal may release their findings within days, so don't be surprised if new violence breaks out in Lebanon. Stay tuned!
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