Lebanon’s unforgivable interference in Syria

The March 8 coalition, specifically Hezbollah and the other parties in its shadow, is preparing for the phase after Qusayr to have time for domestic issues in Lebanon - the second country for so many Lebanese people who are more concerned in foreign issues. They are also concerned with causes separate from their own cause, and are completely submissive to the will of other parties’, or rather their direct orders.

For those who analyze well, Qusayr will not be more than a temporary stop in the 1000 miles’ journey that we’ve experienced during the years of the Lebanese war. The latter witnessed partial and temporary victories, many were killed whilst many others were abducted. The formula, however, did not change until foreign powers agreed to provide a solution. Thus came the Taif Accord. The agreement is of course not perfect since it was formulated after an international decision had been made.

A Syrian affair

Those who think that the Syrian regime has recently won in Qusayr is making a huge mistake because there isn't one loser or one winner in domestic wars, especially when parties at dispute receive foreign support and when their fates become linked to regional and international policies and calculations.

How can a Lebanese kill a Syrian in his country or detain him or interrogate him? Who grants him this right when he is a stranger in that land?

Nayla Tueni

But battles in Syria are a pure Syrian affair. We, as Lebanese people, can express our opinions about what is going on around us. We can morally support this party or that one, especially since we have experienced the injustice of this dictatorial regime which some have supported for a long time and benefited from its services. But we have no right to participate in these battles unless participation is being carried out of a personal decision and unless participation is carried out as mercenaries and fundamentalists. But the interference of Lebanese parties, whether in support of the opposition or the regime, is worse than the Syrian interference in Lebanon or the tutelage that “we were blessed with” for a long time. How can a Lebanese kill a Syrian in his country or detain him or interrogate him? Who grants him this right when he is a stranger in that land?

How do we dissociate Lebanon from the ongoing struggle which will more likely turn into a long civil war? How do we distance ourselves from this ghost of war which we suffered so much from? As a matter of fact, we could not gain our independence from Syria despite the withdrawal of its troops in 2005.

Some still feel how limited this independence is, so they frequently go to Syria either to take orders or carry explosives or for the sake of other aims.

What is funny, regarding the issue of interfering in Syria, is that Hezbollah along with March 8 used to complain of the “Sunni people’s” support of the Syrian opposition. They both emphasized the importance of dissociating Lebanon from what’s going on there. But the events during these recent days forced Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to confess the direct military involvement in Syria in support of the Assad regime. His confession thus dropped the last fig leaf concealing the truth and paved the way to make accusations against others.
Woe upon you all because you turned into tools of foreign parties, thus precluding any agreement on any domestic issue, as it has been shown in the past few days.


This article was first published in Lebanon based Annahar on May 20.

Nayla Tueni is one of the few elected female politicians in Lebanon and of the two youngest. She became a member of parliament in 2009 and following the assassination of her father, Gebran, she is currently a member of the board and Deputy General Manager of Lebanon’s leading daily, Annahar. Prior to her political career, Nayla had trained, written in and managed various sections of Annahar, where she currently has a regular column. She can be followed on Twitter @NaylaTueni


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