Obama accused of selling out Lebanon
Pro-Western alliance fearful of civil war, Syrian reprisals
TEL AVIV – Top Christian leaders in Lebanon believe Syria is poised to become the dominant player in Lebanon after the Damascus regime cut deals with the Obama administration.
The leaders, who spoke on the condition their names be withheld, said they are fearful of a new assassination campaign in Lebanon targeting the country's pro-Western alliance, similar to the slew of assassinations in Lebanon in 2005 and 2006. They also said they are fearful of a major outbreak of sectarian violence.
Separately, a source in Lebanon's pro-Western parliamentary alliance told WND that today's collapse of the Lebanese government by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah and its allies came after Hezbollah rejected a deal by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Hezbollah is trying to pre-empt a United Nations investigation into the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. The long-delayed probe, which may be released within weeks, is set to finger Hezbollah members in the murder. Hezbollah does not want the Lebanese government to cooperate with the investigation or its release.
The pro-Western Lebanese political sources said that Hariri, who was in Washington today when Hezbollah led a resignation campaign that collapsed his government, adamantly refused Hezbollah's main demand that the Lebanese government would not prosecute any Hezbollah member indicted in the assassination.
Jan. 12, 2011