• UN Security Council Resolution 1701, explicitly called for “the disarmament of all armed groups in Lebanon” and required that there be “no sales or supply of arms and related materiel to Lebanon except as authorized by its Government.”
• On July 29, 2006, President Bush said in a radio address, “Militias in Lebanon must be disarmed, the flow of illegal arms must be halted, and the Lebanese security services should deploy throughout the country.”
• On Aug. 11, 2006 – the same day UNSCR 1701 was approved, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, “There will also be a need to make sure that arms cannot enter the country [Lebanon] illegally, because one of the problems that has been there is that you've had arms entering illegally that are not going to the armed forces of Lebanon, but to unauthorized armed groups... This [international peace keeping] force has always been intended to create security in the south, to secure the borders, to make sure that the arms embargo works.”
• On Aug. 25, 2006, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy stated, “Our objective is clear, to disarm Hezbollah.”
• Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos said on Sept. 10, 2006, “We have a commitment to preventing the transfer of illegal weapons.”
• Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D' Alema issued a statement warning Syria that the international community “would not stand by idly” if Syria continued to allow arms shipments into Lebanon.
Bovenstaande lezend is er niet van terecht gekomen. Sterker nog, Hezbollah is druk op weg de rol van het Libanse leger over te nemen. Daarom is het ook des te verbazingwekkender de volgende uitpraken van de Libanese MP te lezen;
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri voiced concern about Israeli threats and escalating military activity in a BBC interview broadcast Wednesday.
"We hear a lot of Israeli threats day in and day out, and not only threats," Hariri told the British broadcaster.
Israeli officials have warned repeatedly in recent weeks that any attack by Lebanon's Syrian-backed Hezbollah will spark a tough response, and have been locked in a war of words with Syrian leaders.
"We see what's happening on the ground and in our airspace and what's happening all the time during the past two months - every day we have Israeli planes entering Lebanese airspace."
"This is something that is escalating, and this is something that is really dangerous," said the prime minister.
Hariri heeft duidelijk last van geheugenverlies. Israël zou geen verkenningsvluchten nodig hebben als Hariri heel simpel zijn huiswerk deed. Waneer het explodeert zal iedereen wel weer met alle vingers mogelijk naar Israël wijzen en de beloften uit 2006 gemakshalve "vergeten".