Ex-MP Nasser Qandil on Wednesday accused the United States, Saudi Arabia and some March 14 leaders of planning to assassinate Free Patriotic Movement leader Gen. Michel Aoun and vowed vengeance by attacking the U.S. embassy and American interests throughout the Arab World.
Qandil, addressing a news conference at his Beirut office, claimed that Washington, Riyadh, Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea have a plan to assassinate Aoun by a “tomahawk missile that would target Rabiyeh simultaneously with the explosion of booby trapped cars to imply that a suicide attack has targeted the FPM leader. The attack would be blamed on a radical Islamist group like Fatah al-Islam.”
He warned the Americans against “implementing this crazy adventure, because the price would be yes to open war on American presence and American interests … not just in Lebanon but throughout the Arab world.”
Qandil made a direct threat to the U.S. Embassy in suburban Aukar, north of Beirut, saying its “stones would be in danger if Gen. Aoun was subjected to any harm in line with the plan being prepared by Walid Jumblat” charging that Geagea has left for the United States to “set up the base for implementing it.”
He said the forthcoming Arab Summit in Damascus would be a success, claiming that 19 Arab leaders would take part in it.
Chances for electing a president prior to the summit are “slim” Qandil said, proposing that Lebanon be represented by Army commander Gen. Michel Suleiman because he has been chosen as a consensus presidential candidate.