Aoun: Impossible that Beirut blast was caused by Hezbollah arms
[ Editor’s Note: President Aoun is stepping very carefully through the political landmine that is before him. One small misstep can eliminate his coming through this unscathed.
Hence he has said that all input on what happened will be accepted and evaluated. But the big question there will be ‘evaluated by whom and what are their qualifications?’
VeteransToday has had our dog in the investigation fight from day one and has been barking more since. We know our position about the tactical nuke strike has been widely passed around, and you see some of the signs that even Mr. Aoun knows.
Nasrallah knows too, and has been less circumspect in saying that if Israel is deemed to have been the perpetrator, there would be an equal response, which had inquiring minds wondering how he could do that with no tactical nukes in his inventory.
I am also very suspicious of the UN’s decision about the Hariri assassination after an investigation of 15 years and one billion dollars at this sensitive time for Lebanon. The Israelis were quick to get a shot in that the Lebanon government should punish Hezbollah for the crime.
Did the Israelis have anything to do with the UN decision? … Jim W. Dean ]
…from PressTV, Tehran
Lebanese President Michel Aoun says it is “impossible” that a recent deadly explosion in the capital Beirut was triggered by a blast from a deposit of arms belonging to the Hezbollah resistance movement.
In an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera published on Tuesday, Aoun stressed that Hezbollah did not store weapons at the Beirut port.
Asked about those pointing the finger of blame at the resistance group for the incident, he said, “Impossible, but serious events like these light up spirits and imagination,” adding that “even this lead will be investigated.”
Aoun also underlined the need to listen to all the hypotheses regarding the blast that rocked Beirut two weeks ago, killing at least 178 people, wounding more than 6,000 others and causing damage amounting to $10-15 billion.
“Although it seems that (it) has been an accident, I want to avoid being accused of not having listened to every voice,” Aoun said.
The Lebanese president further noted that many people claimed seeing airplanes fly by the port just before the explosion and, although “not very credible,” they should be listened to.
On 4 August, 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored the Beirut port blew up, obliterating the city’s main commercial hub and damaging buildings across a wide swath.
The cause of the blast, the most destructive in the country’s troubled history, is still unclear and a probe is looking into whether it was caused by neglect, an accident or external interference.
Earlier, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah denied accusations that his group had weaponry warehoused at the Beirut port.
Hezbollah would wait for results of the investigation, but if it turns out to be an Israeli act of sabotage, the regime would then “pay an equal price,” he said.