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Lahoud tells: This is what happened in the 1993 battle to settle scores

Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

President General Emile Lahoud stressed that “the most important issue regarding Hezbollah is not mentioned by anyone who wrote the history of the party until now, and it was not mentioned in any article or media view,

Where is the fundamental shift in the strength of the resistance? Since history indicates the future, the new generation must know what happened in the battle to settle scores in 1993.

He said: “After an operation by the resistance, the Israeli enemy began attacking Lebanon for a week. During this time, Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, as is his habit when he feels danger, and throughout the period of the aggression, lived in his home in Damascus.

Upon the end of the aggression, Hariri returned to Beirut and sent my request in haste, saying: “Finally, the Syrian state was convinced to strike Hezbollah, and I am bringing you a message from the Syrian leadership to strike Hezbollah tomorrow morning, and you are not responsible because a decision by the Security Council will be issued in the evening for the emergency forces to walk In front of you and they clean the south of Hezbollah, and the Lebanese army receives the weapon that the emergency forces confiscate from Hezbollah, and on your way you burn any gunman that appears with a flamethrower, and also get rid of the Popular Front in Naameh with a flamethrower. “

Heading to General Lahoud, Hariri added that today, as the commander of the army: tomorrow morning at ten o’clock, a meeting of the Supreme Council of Defense will take place, and you will be present and a decision will be issued to hit the militants, that is, Hezbollah. Since you succeeded in leading the army, and when you do this, you will be elected president of the republic in the year 1995 ″.

Lahoud added: “My immediate answer was then: my conscience does not allow me to strike Lebanese who want to return to their homes and Israel occupies their land. Hariri replied: If you want to be sure, check with the Syrian Chief of Staff, and he confirms this to you. Then my answer was: Search for someone else, and Hariri added: Tomorrow, a new army commander will be appointed as someone else.

He continued: “At twelve o’clock in the night from the same time Beirut time, it was five in the afternoon New York time, Prime Minister Hariri contacted me and informed me of a resolution in the UN Security Council,

He said: Secretary General Boutros Ghali is with me on the line and he wants to speak with you, so my answer was: I told you that I will not perform and I do not want to speak to Ghali. Al-Hariri said: Tomorrow the meeting of the Supreme Council of Defense, and you are obliged to attend.

I answered: I will not attend the meeting because I am not obliged to attend because, when the decision is issued, I will not be the commander of the army.

The next morning, when I came to my office, I was surprised that the commander of the international forces met with his staff with director of intelligence Michel Rahbani and first assistant Jamil al-Sayyid, and they were waiting for me and they prepared a map that explains how the international emergency forces will implement the decision in coordination with the Lebanese army,

The commander of the international forces told me that since we have no time and the decision will be issued at ten in the Supreme Defense Council, we will explain to you how we will carry out the operation, so I told him that I informed the prime minister that I will not implement and therefore they waited until a new army commander was appointed then explain to him how to implement,

Fifteen minutes later, in the presence of everyone, the Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs called me and spoke to me through a speakerphone, saying: The decision was taken and you have to go with the emergency forces and dispose of the militants with the missiles,

I replied: Why are you the Foreign Minister who speaks to me and not the Minister of Defense, is he afraid? He replied, “I will give you the Minister of Defense to give you the order. I replied: I do not have to be wrong with you, I left the army, and I got out of my office.”

Lahoud pointed out that “Brigadier Jamil al-Sayyid, who had been in contact with the Syrians, called me after four hours and told me not to resign from the army command, because President Hafez al-Assad wants to know me.

After two days, the Syrian leadership greeted me at the border and accompanied me to visit the monument of the unknown soldier, followed by a military parade held on my honor and lunch with General Hikmat al-Shihabi and the Syrian leadership and dinner with Minister Talas Ali Sharafi as well.

The next morning, President Hafez al-Assad greeted me, and it was the first time I had met him. He explained to me at length the relations between Syria and Lebanon on the basis of two states and one people, and after that he asked me: The Lebanese state, the Syrian state and the Security Council gave you an order to hit the militants and you refused?

I answered him: Allow me to explain to you my upbringing, and he said: Please, I answered: Since my birth I remember the father saying to me: Your life is nothing in front of your conscience and your honor, so I refused because if I did this thing I lose both of them together, so President Hafez al-Assad smiled and said: I did good I assigned the Lebanese file officials of the Lebanese officials mentality to understand each other. He assured me that he was not aware of the decision to hit the resistance, then the conversation touched on the father and his history.

He added: “At the time, had it not been for the presence of President Hafez al-Assad, the international forces with the Lebanese army would have ended the resistance and Hezbollah would not have been able to withstand more than two hours because it had no heavy weapons, no missiles, nor a foster environment, and also because at that time there was permanent fighting in the same family, Any movement of hope and Hezbollah. “

Lahoud concluded: “The new generations must know that if there were no leadership and men willing to die for the land, and President Hafez al-Assad’s decision to stand by the resistance, the liberation would not have occurred and Israel was in Beirut as it did in 1982. My will to the new generation, when a person is He is right, and he faces for the sake of his right, no one can overcome him, not only in resisting the Israeli enemy, but also against resisting the thief in Lebanon. ”

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