• France Gives Lebanon Anti-Tank Missiles
    France will give Lebanon 100 anti-tank missiles, a Lebanese government official said Friday. “Prime Minister Saad Hariri was informed on Wednesday of the French decision to supply the army with 100…HOT missiles that will be used by the military’s Gazelle helicopters,” the official said. “The missiles will be delivered before the end of February and are being given with no conditions attached.”
    In August, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, had said the missiles could end up being used against Israel. “Therefore, to sell weapons to Lebanon at this time would be very irresponsible and could jeopardize security and stability in the region.”  (AFP)
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    Israeli defense officials have voiced concern over France’s willingness to sell 100 HOT antitank missiles to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). One of the most advanced weapons of its kind in the world, the HOT missile has a range of up to 4 km. and the ability to penetrate about 1,000 mm. of armor. Israel’s concern that these missiles will fall into the hands of Hizbullah and be used against the IDF are acute.
    The U.S. and other Western countries have argued that strengthening the LAF via military aid and arms sales promotes Lebanese sovereignty. But can a distinction be drawn between the LAF and the ever-more powerful Hizbullah? Is there a barrier between them that Western-supplied arms can be guaranteed not to cross? (Jerusalem Post)

Shira’s note: My last name is French and it hurts to have to deal with it. Of course these arms will be passed on. All I can think of is selling arms such as these will boost much needed money to their economy to the countries that sell weapons, including the US. So, we ask ‘Why?’ I guess countries who do this don’t have options. If anyone can tell me why we don’t have options, I’d love to hear it.

See below:  Addendum

SUBJECT: French arms to Lebanon
FULL TEXT:WASHINGTON (AFP) – France should scrap its planned sale to Lebanon 100 anti-tank missiles because they could end up being used by the militant group Hizbollah against Israel, a US lawmaker said . Democratic Representative Steve Rothman urged French President  Sarkozy in a letter to find “other ways” to help Lebanon’s armed forces. “The stakes are too high, and the danger this would pose to Israel  far too real. I therefore respectfully request that you reconsider this  deal of anti-tank missiles and seek to aid the LAF in other ways,”  Rothman noted that France was expected to deliver the weapons in March 2011 but warned “Lebanon is in a precarious situation whereby  is in a powerful position to usurp the Lebanese Armed Forces.” “If this were to occur, Israel would be in grave danger of having  anti-tank missiles used against her,” he added.

Shira’s post:  Someone is listening!

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