LET us compare in ﬁgures what the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia gave to Lebanon in the last quarter of the century — from 1991 until last year — with what Iran has given to this country whose Arab identity is being peeled off by a hired gang. According to Russian RT TV Network’s report in this regard, the King dom of Saudi Arabia has given $70 billion, $1 billion deposit into the Central Bank, about $3 to $4 billion deposits in Lebanese banks and investments estimated at $6 billion in 10 years.
All this was given for reconstruction purposes, to provide employment opportunities to the Lebanese, invigorate its economy and implement the construction scheme. Iran only gave $200 million which it paid annually to Hezbollah in the past quarter of the century, $25 million for paving some roads and humanitarian support after the 2006 war, and $40 million to build a dam which has not been completed till date.
Hence, Gulf countries strongly reprimand certain stances taken by the Lebanese government because they are keen on ensuring that Lebanon does not return to continuous proxy wars and it does not become the head of Iran’s destructive scheme in the Arab world. This is why the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, backed by the entire Gulf organization, does not wait for a million-signature petition to support its position. What is really needed in this case is a petition with one million Lebanese signatures vowing to chase away Hezbollah from the political life and to cripple its conspiracies. The Kingdom and other GCC countries have never waited for Lebanon to ask for support before giving it to the latter.
They have not strived for ﬂattery, knowing very well such acts will never change the reality in Lebanon as long as the country and its politics are in the hands of Hezbollah and Hassan Nasrallah’s burrows. Therefore, it is imperative for the Lebanese leaders to take measures through their constitutional establishments to ensure the end of the dominance of this group over the country. It is imperative for these leaders to open the National Assembly where Speaker Nabeh Berri and Nasrallah conspire to choose the President of the Republic whether the Hezbollah MPs attend or not. From there, they could form a government which is able to stipulate laws that prevent militias and gangs from controlling sovereign decisions in all domains.
This is what the Lebanese can do to protect their country from malpractices of the Persian claws. Anything besides this will make Lebanon remain in captivity in the dungeons of Sheikh Hassan. If two thirds of the Lebanese are against the politics of the hired gang, it is easier to wipe out this group. Regardless of its strength and the weapons it possesses, the group will never triumph over national determination. Otherwise, slackness in facing this danger means Lebanon will get lost in the midst of the storm that is currently hitting the region.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times