Hizballah is already a stronger armed force than the Lebanese army, and the only group from the Lebanese civil war that failed to disarm, in direct violation of the quickly forgotten UN Resolution 1559. “Hezbollah’s Nasrallah vows to arm more heavily,” by Rita Daou for Agence France-Presse, December 6:
Lebanon’s Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, in his first public appearance in more than three years, warned those banking on change in the Arab world that he would arm his fighters more heavily than ever.
Marking the Shiite commemoration of Ashura, Nasrallah spoke in person to a frenzied crowd of tens of thousands in his stronghold in Beirut’s southern suburbs for only a few minutes, joking: “Don’t go away, I’ll be right back on that screen” before being whisked away by nervous-looking bodyguards.
In a speech broadcast on large screens shortly after his departure, Nasrallah vowed his Iranian-backed group would continue to arm in the face of possible “regional change,” hinting at neighbouring [Syria].
“A message to all those who are conspiring against the resistance and banking on change (in the Arab world)… We will never let go of our arms,” said the black-clad Shiite leader.
“We are tens of thousands of trained fighters, who are all ready to die,” he said.
“Day after day, the resistance gains more fighters, trains better fighters and arms even more heavily.
“Every weapon that rusts is replaced.”….