A small detail in Lebanon’s major tragedy

Lebanon is proceeding according to an Iranian agenda that is being implemented by Hezbollah.

Friday 21/05/2021
A file picture of Lebanese foreign minister Charbel Wahbe. (AFP)
A file picture of Lebanese foreign minister Charbel Wahbe. (AFP)

The words of Charbel Wahbe, the Lebanese foreign minister in the caretaker government headed by Hassan Diab, are not a minor matter.

It is true that Wahbe was forced to submit his resignation and to contact the Saudi ambassador in Lebanon to offer an apology, but it is also true that the problem lies elsewhere.

The problem simply lies in the fact that Charbel Wahbe, a diplomat who accidentally acceded to the position of Lebanese ambassador to Venezuela, is part of a school that has been instrumental in the process of controlling Lebanon and placing it under Iran’s will.

The school is headed by the President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, who did not mind coming to the Baabda Palace as an Hezbollah nominee.

This is a school that has been imbibed with racism, ignorance and hatred towards any success.

It is a school that believes that Christians in Lebanon can obtain their rights thanks to the weapons of a sectarian militia called “Hezbollah.”

This militia is in fact nothing but a brigade in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

This militia can only drag Lebanon into another disaster if it continues in the game of allowing so-called Palestinian organisations to launch rockets from Lebanese territory towards Israel.

From this point of view, there is something beyond the words of Charbel Wahbe, who knows nothing about other Arab societies. There is a problem related to Lebanon’s position in the region and has Lebanon lost its Arab depth?

The Lebanese tragedy dates back to 1969, the date of the signing of the disastrous Cairo Agreement between the army chief at the time, Emile Boustani, on the one hand and Yasser Arafat, in his capacity as chairman of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, on the other.

Under the Cairo Agreement, the Lebanese state gave up sovereignty over part of its territory to the Palestinian guerrillas who moved from Jordan in the hundreds to Lebanon, especially after the events of 1970.

Few in the country understood the meaning of this transformation that led to the implosion of Lebanon in April 1975, then to the Israeli invasion  in 1982.

Between 1969 and 2021, that is, in more than half a century, there was only one attempt to save Lebanon and put it back to the map of the region.

This attempt was led by Rafik Hariri, who brought Beirut back to life and transformed it again into a city that is welcoming of Arabs and foreigners. He brought back, among other things, electricity  after a long deprivation that has now returned.

It is no secret that Hezbollah was behind the assassination of Rafik Hariri, leading to the assassination of Lebanon itself during the era of Michel Aoun and his son-in-law, Gebran Bassil, head of the Free Patriotic Movement.

The insulting phrases that Charbel Wahbe addressed to the peoples of the Gulf, with a special focus on Saudi Arabia, cannot be separated from the culture of the “Aounist current” to which he belongs. This movement is carrying out a clear plan aimed at destroying Lebanon under the slogan of reform and change … and restoring the rights of Christians.

There is a conclusion that the Lebanese who lost their country will soon reach.

This conclusion says that the day Michel Aoun was elected president, on October 31, 2016, was as much an ill omen as the day the Cairo agreement was signed between the army chief and Yasser Arafat under the auspices of Gamal Abdel Nasser. The continuation of the vacuum would have been much better than the election of Michel Aoun as president of the republic.

During the reign of Michel Aoun and his son-in-law, electricity disappeared, the Beirut port blew up and the banking sector collapsed.

All that the ruling regime does at the present time is to destroy Lebanese institutions and block the livelihood of the Lebanese, so emigration becomes their only option.

Every day it becomes clear that pushing the Lebanese to emigrate from their country is the favourite pastime of Michel Aoun, who, while in Baabda Palace between September 1988 and October 1990, was behind a great achievement as the head of a provisional government whose mission was to elect a new president of the republic.

His achievement was to wage two wars in order to be president. The first targeted Muslims and was called the “war of liberation” and the other targeted Christians and was called the “war of abolition.”

Using brigades in the Lebanese army that remained loyal to him, Aoun attacked Syrian positions in Lebanon. He killed Lebanese citizens but not Syrian soldiers. After that, he moved to a war with the “Lebanese Forces” hoping Syrian President Hafez al-Assad would accept him and bring him to the presidency of the republic …

What Lebanon is currently witnessing, in terms of lack of electricity, fuel for cars or medicine, in light of a complete collapse of the national currency, is a continuation of Michel Aoun’s legacy.

Therefore, Charbel Wahbe’s words are nothing but a small detail in a big game that could permanently destroy Lebanon as it gradually loses its foundations.

In the meanwhile, the president of the republic’s main concern is to prevent the formation of a government headed by Saad Hariri on the one hand and saving the political future of his son-in-law, Gebran Bassil, who was subjected to US sanctions under the Magnitsky Act on corruption on the other. These are sanctions that will be difficult for the beloved brother-in-law to evade as he aspires to become president of the republic, one day.

In light of the miserable and sad situation in which the Lebanese live, there is still, fortunately, a place for political jokes.

One of those jokes says in describing the “Aoun current”: “They received energy, and it was dark 24 hours on the 24th. They received the ministry of foreign affairs and there was no friend left for Lebanon in the whole world. They received the presidency and the country went to Hell. ”

In the end, what can be expected from the country of the President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, while Hezbollah is controlling all its sinews?

The statements of Charbel Wahbe are only a small detail in a major tragedy. This tragedy is represented by the repositioning of Lebanon outside the Arab system.

Lebanon is proceeding according to an Iranian agenda that is being implemented by Hezbollah.

Therefore, the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, seems to have a point when he says, “We are concerned about the future of Lebanon, but it must find a way to save itself,” adding, “Hezbollah’s hegemony over the (Lebanese) political decision-making  impedes any real reform.” .