New Resolution Condemning Syria and Iran's Interference in Lebanon
Another Resolution on Lebanon, introduced by Gary Ackerman (D-NY), was passed by the House. This is the second Resolution introduced by Rep. Ackerman dealing with Lebanon, and showing the strong bipartisan support for Lebanon in the US:
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) today led debate in the House of Representatives on his resolution condemning Iran and Syria for the campaign of murder, terror and intimidation they have instigated against the government and people of Lebanon. Ackerman, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, introduced the resolution, his second regarding Lebanon, following the recent visit of Sa'ad Hariri, the son of murdered former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, and the leader of Lebanon's parliamentary majority. Ackerman’s resolution passed this evening by a vote of 375 to 5.
Coming up for consideration amid a wave of violence that has targeted members of Lebanon's ruling parliamentary majority, and has overshadowed Lebanese efforts to choose a new president, the resolution condemns Syria and Iran for their gross interference in Lebanon’s internal political affairs and likewise pillories Lebanese political parties who have allied themselves with Damascus and Tehran.
“Syria and Iran are responsible for the crisis in Lebanon” said Ackerman. "They have trampled on Lebanon’s sovereignty and in doing so, have clearly violated numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions protective of Lebanon. They are the puppet masters pulling on the strings of Hezbollah, Amal and Aoun.”
Pointing to Syria and Iran, Ackerman said "The assassinations of Lebanese members of parliament are their work. The bombings are their work. The threats to establish an extra-legal second government are their work."
"Syria and Iran are attacking Lebanon’s sovereignty no less than if they sent a fleet of bombers, or a wave of tanks, or a swarm of infantry" Ackerman added. "That this aggression, this naked aggression, is being done by proxies, and by terrorists, by car-bombs and by telephone threats does not make it any less aggression, or any less a crime."
The resolution, which was cosponsored by two Lebanese-American Members of Congress, Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Charles Boustany (R-LA), as well as House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Tom Lantos (D-CA), also declared Lebanon's sovereignty and independence in the national security interests of the United States, and called on the President to use "all peaceful means at the disposal of the United States" to help safeguard Lebanon’s future.