THE astonishing fact is the attitude of some Lebanese politicians towards Hezbollah — the group that is responsible for the murder of Lebanese leaders and the next of kin of the politicians.
These politicians are proud to hold meetings with the men whose hands are stained with the blood of the innocent Lebanese since the assassination of Rafiq Al-Hariri in 2005.
To add insult to injury, the Lebanese press is filled with the pictures and statements which glorify these meetings. Are these meetings meant to restore the rights of the Lebanese? This is a puzzle difficult to solve.
Unfortunately, there is no answer because the politicians who oppose such gangs have chosen to remain silent. The reason is anybody’s guess.
Those who are familiar with the nature of Lebanon know very well that Hezbollah and its leader Nasrallah have no absolute power over Lebanon. Hezbollah cannot control the entire nation because of the complicated sectarian and social structure of that country which is ruled through a power-sharing formula which means no single group can dominate the politics.
Accordingly, if the Lebanese want to protect their country from the ‘clutches’ of Hezbollah, it can easily do so by isolating it politically and gathering enough courage to do that just like what they did with parties which were more authentic than this party which were isolated when they preferred the bad over the good (external power instead of internal) and opted to pull Lebanon away from its Arab surrounding.
In spite of the horrible acts committed by Nasrallah and his party particularly after a series of assassinations and the 2006 war which destroyed the Lebanese villages and cities and the huge losses which the nation could hardly afford, these politicians are unfortunately insisting on holding a dialogue with him.
It appears these politicians do not want to make him angry or expose his misdeeds through the media, as if he is the ruler and all of them are afraid of him.
It is true we hear of criticisms because of this man’s attitude towards the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the GCC countries but these criticisms are too mild to hurt anyone.
Therefore, if these countries are serious about handling the problem and taking gradual steps they must use the last straw that broke the camel’s back — cauterization which Lebanon can hardly afford.
The Lebanese politicians who boast must, instead of succumbing to Nasrallah and his party, prove their ability to confront him not only through statements but also by taking serious steps to protect the unity of their country and protect their Arab identity.
They have to realize the fact that they are doing this not to defend Saudi Arabia or the GCC countries because these countries are strong enough and cannot be shaken by the screams of liars and defeated people like Nasrallah and his employers in Tehran.
The Lebanese must realize that they have to protect their country before it lost in the dark alleys of Tehran and pull it away from the slavery of Iran.
Do these people want to abandon their country in put it in the hands of the murderers and criminals for them to destroy it? How many years will they wait after that to stop the war?
All the Lebanese who are harmed by Nasrallah and his gang must remove the cloak of submission and take a historic stand to avenge the murders of their fathers and leaders.
Moreover, those who are keen on holding a dialogue with him must at least ensure that their doors are shut in front of this man and keep him at a distance — away from government business and away from political decision-making process.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times