US embassy cable - 85BEIRUT992

HIZBALLAH CALLS FOR ISLAMIC REPUBLIC IN LEBANON

Identifier: 85BEIRUT992
Wikileaks: View 85BEIRUT992 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Beirut
Created: 1985-02-18 11:59:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PINT PTER LE
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
P 181159Z FEB 85
FM AMEMBASSY BEIRUT
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1795
INFO AMEMBASSY DAMASCUS
AMCONSUL JERUSALEM
AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV
UNCLAS BEIRUT 00992 
 
E.O. 12356: N/A 
TAGS: PINT, PTER, LE 
SUBJECT: HIZBALLAH CALLS FOR ISLAMIC REPUBLIC IN LEBANON 
 
1.  IN A STATEMENT PUBLISHED IN BEIRUT NEWSPAPERS ON 
FEBRUARY 18, HIZBALLAH DECLARED ITS ALLEGIANCE TO 
AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI AND PLEDGED TO ESTABLISH "REVOLUTION- 
ARY ISLAMIC RULE" IN LEBANON.  STATEMENT DENIED THAT 
HIZBALLAH WOULD ESTABLISH ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALIST RULE 
BY FORCE, BUT "WE DO NOT HIDE OUR COMMITMENT TO 
ISLAMIC RULE, AND WE CALL ON ALL PEOPLE TO CHOOSE THIS 
REGIME.  WE WILL FIGHT ABSOLUTISM TO ITS ROOTS." 
 
2.  STATEMENT IS REPORTED BY LOCAL PRESS TO BE 
HIZBALLAH'S FIRST PUBLIC MANIFESTO. 
 
 
BARTHOLOMEW 

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