Aoun: US wants to destroy Hizbullah
Prominent Lebanese parliament member and leader of National Free Party, Gen. Michel Aoun, said at parliament on Friday US favors election of a president in Lebanon to eliminate Hizbullah.
According to IRNA, Aoun considered the elimination of Hizbullah synonymous with eliminating one third of the Lebanese nation, adding, "They have decided to do such a thing, and they expect us to yield to their decision." He added, "We will not choose Iran, or Syria, to replace the United States, since our choice is peace rather than civil war."
Aoun expressed pessimism about the situation prevailing in Lebanon, and said, "Aggrandizing the civil war threat and the chaotic economic conditions are rumors aimed at weakening the nation's spirit of resistance."
He highlighted the need for election of the Lebanese president with two thirds of the MPs' votes, arguing, "Those who speak about the 50% plus one, or any other limits for the purpose behave as if the future president is not going to be the entire nation's political leader."