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Need to confront dangers within Lebanon rather than locating Hariri’s whereabouts

Is the real “substantial” problem in Lebanon today about the form of Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s resignation and where he resigned from? Or is it what the resignation indicates? Or, more importantly, is it the contents of the resignation speech?

Hassan Nasrallah disrupted the Lebanese scene. Those who belong to his “axis,” from the Lebanese president to the speaker of parliament and those who revolve in their orbit, did the same.

It’s expected for Hezbollah’s leader to evade discussing the reasons of the resignation as they condemn him and his terrorist party.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s insistence to discuss the formalities of the resignation, how it was made and where Saad Hariri is right now is like “running forward.”

There is a Saudi determination that’s backed by Arab countries and that’s in harmony with a “decisive” American policy to prevent Iranian “malicious” activities, as the American administration led by President Trump put it.

This is the point of everything. It’s something that goes beyond the shallow folkloric local Lebanese discussion of “where is Sheikh Saad?” As part of this new policy, the American administration began to pursue Iranian-Iraqi formations affiliated with the Popular Mobilization and blacklist them as terrorist. It’s doing the same in Yemen and in Syria.

As for Lebanon and its “international” crisis, Nasrallah hinted during his speech that US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson’s policy is different than Trump’s.

Tillerson, however, said that the US rejects the presence or role of any militia in Lebanon. This is the stance of the “entire” American administration, beginning with Trump who announced his plan with the four aims to end Iran’s destructive role in the region.

There is a Saudi determination that’s backed by Arab countries and that’s in harmony with a “decisive” American policy to prevent Iranian “malicious” activities, as the American administration led by President Trump put it.

Mashari Althaydi



On the economic level, Trump’s plan wants to tighten sanctions and close gaps that allow the Iranian regime to operate freely. This will greatly harm the Khomeini regime’s funds that are employed to nurture terrorist groups, like Hezbollah and the Houthi Movement.

Iranian economist Lotfali Bakhshi stated that “in the shadow of the agreement between the American president, Congress and Senate in terms of Iran, there will be no means to move around the sanctions.” 

Can you see that? 

The issue is much more than a local Lebanese “fuss” and political fears over Hariri from those who killed March 14 figures, such as Gebran Tueni and Mohammed Chatah, and who killed his father Rafiq Hariri before them. Have we forgotten that?

There’s determination to finalize the huge confrontation with Iran and its tools in the region. This determination is not limited to Saudi Arabia, though it’s among the most concerned, but it is part of international, Islamic and Arab efforts.

Saudi Minister Thamer al-Sabhan warned all of the Lebanese people “to be aware of these threats before reaching the point of no return.”

The solution in Lebanon is easy, and as Samir Geagea put it, it is to “withdraw from the region’s crises.”

This article is also available in Arabic.
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Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.

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Last Update: Monday, 13 November 2017 KSA 20:04 - GMT 17:04
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