Thursday , February 22 2018

Statements won’t save Lebanon

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

THE Prime Minister of Lebanon was furious when he read the statement to ascertain the affiliation of Lebanon to the Arabian circle, as well as his refusal to offend the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its sister nations.

Nonetheless, is fury in expression enough, whereas the contents of the statement include many indicators of the inability to face the real problem and challenge?

The recent position taken by Lebanon is the least it can do. Despite that, Lebanon should have taken such position 10 years ago when the series of assassinations and terror started, threatening to put this country back into the volcano of war. It should have taken this position in order to stop the ‘scabby camel’ from indulging in the thought of sinking this small country into more chaos.

Unfortunately, the Lebanese political forces dealt with the situation with sheer sectarian mentality, so their position continued to weaken in terms of confronting the Persian tool.  They did not look at the actual representation of Hezbollah among the Shiite populace which could be about 28 percent of the entire population in Lebanon. In reality, 75 percent of the Lebanese population do not support this group (Hezbollah). In fact, there are Shiite voices against the path chosen by Hezbollah leader Nasrallah, but their voices fell on deaf ears.

In Lebanon, majority of its people are against Iran’s puppeteer politics, subdued by the force of weapon. Indeed, the sectarian lining in this country is not more than a passport towards personal interests and treachery for the sake of gaining money. Indeed, it is all about money.

Politicians are selling Lebanon just to have money, starting from Nasrallah and ending with those who consider themselves leaders. These are the people bringing woe to their country; hence, they seem to never reach a solution.

Instead, they continue to see Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries as sources of money for their futile political stances. Now, they should know that era is long gone — blown by the wind.

If fear of returning to the civil war ‘governs’ the ethics of Lebanese politicians, it does not exonerate them of leaving their country to sink into the well of Persian influence up to the point of getting choked. Once it reaches that stage, “there is no point crying for a nation lost through gambling and political manipulations.” It is up to them to face reality, regardless of its bitterness. Even if it leads to fighting Hezbollah on the streets, no one will rescue them but themselves.

Arab countries will reconsider their stances only when the Lebanese politicians decide to take back their nation, particularly once those countries start seeing actions rather than hearing statements.

Lebanese politicians, especially the one who insinuated that the GCC countries and Arabs in general should not abandon Lebanon, need to understand that the most important step at the moment is to stop the conflict in Syria as it has become an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.

As the Lebanese proverb says, “It is up to them to remove their thorn with their own hands.” They must also stop the ‘scabby camel’ from interfering in the internal affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the entire GCC region. From there, only time will tell.

We are no longer in the era of statements and flattery. It is now time for actions, as positions are known and acknowledged only through actions.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah

Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

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