WHAT do the GCC countries want from Lebanon? To answer this question, we say: “The GCC organization has realized the truth about this small Arab country; thereby, using this truth as basis for dealing with the latter. The organization used to see Lebanon as an open and civilized country whose pillars were strengthened by its presidents — the likes of the late Bechara El Khoury, Camille Chamoun, Fuad Chehab and Charles Helou.
Throughout the past four decades of Lebanese crisis, the GCC countries have been keen on not letting go of Lebanon even under the toughest circumstances. But today, this organization found itself in a position where it has to take tough measures against Lebanon due to the fact that the latter is directly occupied by Iran.
The GCC organization wants peace and stability for Lebanon, and it should be done the same way the earlier leaders did. These leaders relentlessly fought and resisted the French colonization. They stood firmly against the colonization until they earned the independence of their beloved country. These are the types of leaders who did not sell their country to a strange aggressor, neither for the greed of ‘clean money’ nor submitting themselves and the country to the desire of expansionism that exploits sectarian sentiments as its cover.
They are the leaders who gave their country lungs to breathe freedom and openness through the Arab world. They are the ones who made their country play a big role, but those who are currently running it are not different from political mafias who are not ashamed of enforcing anything just to serve their personal interests.
This is what Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam should know, since he lacks the authority to decide as he subjected himself to the blackmails of gangs linked to the factory of evil in the region. Under duress, this prime minister canceled the historic role of every political or religious authority, such as that of the Maronite Patriarchate among other national establishments which played significant roles in various times of history.
It is not a secret when we say this kind of country is no longer important for the GCC organization. If we saw economic brains and public relations experts in Lebanon in the past, such expertise is no longer important since the GCC countries have brains which exceed that of the Lebanese in terms of being smart and performing wonders.
Lebanon is no longer important to us, apart from being an Arab brother suffering from a chronic disease but refuses to take necessary medications in order to recover and to become free and independent, in the same manner echoed by Lebanese politicians in concluding their speeches. Indeed, what we want from our sick brother is to come to his senses and return to a time when its judiciary was independent and not prone to exploitation.
Perhaps, its minister of justice, who exaggerated in talking about the file of Michel Samaha, must remember there are unjust verdicts issued against GCC nationals as a result of clear manipulation of the judiciary. They were referred to the INTERPOL under suspicious circumstances. If Minister Ashraf Rifi wants samples and pieces of evidence, we are ready to provide them. Perhaps, he might then amend and rectify what Iran has destroyed.
It is time for the entire Lebanon to realize that the Saudi decision is crucial and there is no turning back. In fact, it is the decision of all Gulf countries. Based on that, we tell Samir Geagea not to trouble himself in interceding for the visit of his prime minister to Riyadh or in any Gulf capital. Instead, he should wait for the worst to come.
The GCC countries will completely shut their doors on the face of Lebanon as long as its people do not strive to close the evil doors on Arabs from the southern part of Beirut.
We realized that the shrieks of Iranian-made Hassan Nasrallah will be the same level as the pain he suffered, as well as that of his group and Iran in Bahrain, Yemen and the eastern side of Saudi Arabia. Undoubtedly, the shrieks will be louder and Iran’s ‘hooters’ will raise the level of their hoots in the coming days.
The caravan has left the station without any intention to return to the era of forgiveness, tolerance and gratification. The scabby camel needs to be earmarked, isolated and then cauterized in hopes that it will be cured.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times