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Government of paralysis

THANK Almighty Allah who alone deserves praise in the hours of misfortune. Finally, Lebanon got a government. All Arabs have been keeping an eye on their Lebanese brothers, because Lebanon is part of them. Arabs share the pain, happiness and discomfort of the Lebanese. This is the reason why Arabs were worried in the last 10 months, when Lebanon witnessed a leadership vacuum. They were afraid of the possibility that the vacuum will extend to other institutions.

Undoubtedly, the situation in Lebanon was fragile to the extent that it was like a glass auditorium bombarded by a group of elephants fighting over the remaining girls in a country consumed by monsters with selfish and political interests. Regional powers were struggling to transform the country into a waste dumpsite rather than a backyard garden, considering the latter still keeps some beautiful flowers and rays of hope.
Taking the above scenario into consideration, some active Arab nations threw their weight behind the formation of a government in Lebanon in a bid to prevent its collapse. Does the government meet even the least aspiration of the Lebanese? If not, it should talk less about that of the Arabs.

After 315 days, the government finally sees the light of day; holding the announcement of its own death. In a clearer picture, the cabinet is not capable of forcing the Hezbollah out of fighting in Syria. The cabinet will become a false witness in one of the worst massacres perpetrated by the militia against Syrians. Again, it cannot bring those suspected of killing Rafiq Hariri and his aides to book. Definitely, it cannot open the assassination file that has been going on for 10 years.

The paralytic Lebanese government cannot stop suicide bombers and those who plant explosives in cars from targeting innocent persons. It cannot wipe away mortars from some cities, disarm the militias nor stop kidnapping, looting, stealing and the widespread drug markets.    
The new government was born through caesarian operation; polluted by microbes of compromises, deals, sharing formula and distribution of portfolios. It took them this long before agreeing on the names of ministers. Is the government really capable of presiding over the presidential election? Can the people, who spent 10 months and 10 days to form the 24-man cabinet, agree on president of the republic within two months? Has the government started opening fire concerning the ministerial statement right from inception, while it seems the statement will not be an easy draft to restore life to the country that is already split by compromises or interests?

Will the booby-trapped government, surrounded by various types of explosives, restore security all over Lebanon to enable the return of Gulf and other Arab nationals? Is it reasonable for the person, who demanded for political support from the Gulf and Arabs, to inaugurate the parliament in front of his country’s lawmakers to win domestic confidence before seeking Arab and international confidence in Lebanon?
We shall continue to watch the condition of Lebanon and its citizens until Allah, the Almighty, rescues them from the exploitation. We shall continue hoping with the Lebanon that we know, not the one destroyers have been trying to destroy.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

By: Ahmed Al-Jarallah

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