What harmed Saudi Arabia’s image in Lebanon the most is that it was presented in the popular consciousness as a cash machine to whoever announces their support for it. Back then, a major aspect of Lebanese politics adopted the approach of political blackmail for the past decades.
Blackmail, via the policy of axes, is a game that Lebanese politicians mastered and inherited in their relations with countries that do not border them; with Abdelnasser, Gaddafi, Saddam and Gulf countries.
during the long civil war, many parties sought to exploit the Saudi influence to manage their battles and justify their shifts. Perhaps President Bachir Gemayel was, during his last year, the most objective in formulating the relationship and looked at it as two states, not a sect and a state. His heir Dr. Samir Geagea, however, seems crammed within the sect’s fences.
It’s not in Saudi Arabia’s interest to respond to being lured towards small political details, as it was applied in the past phase where it was preoccupied with small matters at the expense of the major issues desired by everyoneFares bin Hezam
Before 1975 when the civil war erupted, Syria did not have the influence of Assad’s era and Iran did not have a frank interest in the country of cedars. Lebanon today stands on the cusp of a similar phase. Syria’s new is that it’s completely preoccupied with Bashar’s survival or departure, even if the men of the Baath regime re-deploy following the elections.