I will copy and paste some quotations of certain Lebanese politicians and analysts from the report that I found to be very revealing.
Thank you Hassan for bringing this to my attention. I also tip my hat to ICG for conducting what appears to be a very thorough study.
The U.S., France and UK are helping overhaul the security sector: France is compiling an inventory and audit of security forces, and a blueprint for reconstruction of the security sector of security services; and the UK is helping to streamline multiple and overlapping security agencies under the defence ministry. The
U.S.reportedly was asked by the government to assist in securing the mountainous frontier with with physical barriers, lethal platforms and sensors. Syria
 Crisis Group interviews with Western diplomats,
 Geostrategy-Direct, www.geostrategy-direct.com, October 11 2005.
Rafiq Hariri was a Sunni leader, not just in
 Crisis Group interview with Walid Kebbe, op. cit,
The Americans don’t understand the complexity of relations between Sunni and Shiites. The Christians are the only ones who can live together with Sunni, Shiite and Druze. There are no mixed villages with Sunnis and Shiites. Only the Christians live with all. Therefore, if you really want a solution for
, you have to discuss with the Christians to gain the confidence of all parties. That’s the lesson of centuries of experience in Lebanon and Arab history. Sunni and Shiite cannot live together. Christians are needed. Lebanon
 Crisis Group interview of Michel Aoun,
Aoun opposes Crisis Group interview with Ibrahim Amin, al-Safir newspaper,
’s rule by the House of Hariri. Hizbollah opposes placing Lebanon under Hariri’s international alliance. As a result, there’s a new alliance between Aoun and the president, Hizbollah and Lebanon against Jumblatt, Hariri and Western powers. Syria
Sectarian tensions are greater than at any time since 1990.
has always been a place where Shiites and Sunni coexist. But outside involvement – of Lebanon with Shiites and of Arab states with Sunnis – is making matters worse. Iran
The resistance is part of the equilibrium for
’s stability. For Larsen to say it is illegitimate is explosive. If there is international pressure to erode the resistance, Lebanon will pay the price of chaos. If the army tries to intervene, it will be divided because a majority of the army is Shiite, and Hizbollah will be forced to defend itself. If the Lebanon U.S.attacks Syria, this would be a strategic threat to Lebanon, and we would be sandwiched between Israel’s and ’s armies, and we would have a duty to deploy the resistance. America
The message is, if you seriously consider disarming Hizbollah, you will have a potentially explosive situation, as the focus will return to the issue of representation. Shiites may demand a majoritarian system and Hizbollah would be at the forefront of this demand. So in a way, and in terms of domestic politics, Hizbollah without arms would be much more dangerous than Hizbollah with arms.
God granted the individual…reason. A man of religious learning can advise Muslims, for example, ‘not to vote for corrupt candidates’. But it is still up to the individual himself to decide who is corrupt and who isn’t. Hizbollah violated this principle…. Shiites were made to feel endangered, so they felt compelled to vote. And that’s dangerous, as now the Shiites think the resistance’s weapons are theirs.
I’m side-by-side with Hizbollah. It’s a big asset against any Israeli aggression. I oppose 1559 because it was designed to serve
. As long as Israel won’t abide by international law, the Lebanese Army and Hizbollah should both survive in the South. Israel
Their attitude [on joining the government] is a dramatic change from the past. But they are going to instrumentalise the state to protect the resistance. They know how difficult it will be for the
U.S.and to mess with them. The party is not becoming “Lebanonised”; rather it is “Hizbollah-ising” the state. Israel
 Crisis group interview with Saad Ghorayeb,