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Where are the Lebanese and Iraqis headed to?

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

AMID the international and regional storms in the region, where is Lebanon heading?

The President of the Republic stands with folded hands towards what is ongoing in terms of the internal alliances that he formed with the resistant parties in order to reach power, but they boldly dominated and tied him down, and the entire country has become their (the parties’) hostage.

Lebanon is where Hezbollah formed a quota government in order for it to be a Trojan horse to enter the international and regional arena, after it was ostracized by majority of the countries of the world.

At the same time, the cloned government is waiting to gain the confidence of the Parliament – the one that lost popular legitimacy due to continuous demonstrations that have lasted for more than a hundred days, sparked by crises after crises, the first of which is the scarcity of the dollar and its shortage in the markets, and the waste sinking the country of rice not being the least of such crises.

The president of the Parliament abolished the rest of the constitutional institutions by the power of the militia that he heads, which render the ruling juntas to plunge into taboos that resulted in fueling the ongoing protests. Meanwhile, the political class still ventures with the fate of the Lebanese people for who the only remedy in their hands is cauterization, as it has not witnessed a living crisis of this kind for a hundred years, even at the peak of the 15-year civil war.

The scene in Lebanon is not different from the scene in Iraq, as it seems the fate of the corrupt agents is similar, even in terms of the crises and the solutions that exacerbate the internal conditions instead of actually solving anything.

In both countries, majority of the people took to the streets and squares in an attempt to restore the sovereignty that was hijacked by a few who violated and usurped the wealth of the nation under the pretext of impractical slogans, and mastered the art of humiliating the people, while it was nothing more than a tool in the hands of the Iranian regime.

What the Lebanese want is to return to their country that resembles them on the level of openness, pluralism and individual initiative, which distinguished those who were leaders in the first half of the 20th century in the Arab world, or in relation to the internal peace whose borders were defined in the declaration of Greater Lebanon a century ago.

After 30 years of rule by this authority during which its looters rotated in all parties and factions, the people woke up to a financial catastrophe threatening its existence, posing serious questions about the ability of an authority that could not solve a waste crisis, and plundering half of the public debt on the pretext of repairing electricity.

The protesters questioned the authority that is unable to address the situation of hospitals that exploited their pain after Lebanon, reminiscing the days when the country was the hospital in the east, wondered whether this authority is able to rescue Lebanon from its current great crisis.

Likewise in Iraq, which is floating on the second oil reserves in the world, the Iranian agents, instead of using its revenues for development following the miserable situation left by the previous regime, chose to work on plundering it. They stole about $250 billion, either to deposit it in Western banks, or support the Iranian economy with it while majority of the people plunged into poverty and deprivation.

There is no doubt that what the Lebanese and Iraqis achieved in recent weeks and months is the best response to this clique that is taking advantage of its people through the influence of Iran. Due to the fact that it has lost sight and insight, here it is floundering to the extent that it draws its demise with its own hands.

For the current Lebanese constitutional crisis, and the similar crisis in Iraq, there is no doubt it will push the public wrath to the exploding point. The international community will only have to watch over the banks of the river for the corpses of those who mastered in humiliating the Lebanese and Iraqi people.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah

Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

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