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Lebanon and the unfortunate alliance of minorities

It is interesting how Lebanese Christian politicians and their social bases had a semi-unanimous consensus to support the Shiite Hezbollah group in its war against Syrian radical groups on the Lebanese-Syrian borders

Lebanese anchor and colleague Nadim Koteich recently pointed out that even Samir Geagea, the Lebanese leader who’s outspoken in terms of opposing the Iranian project, took a step back and did not resume his sharp rhetoric against Hezbollah and the country that embraces it, i.e. the Iranian Republic which was founded by the radical and revolutionary cleric Sayyid Khomeini.

It is normal for politicians like Gebran Bassil, Sleiman Franjieh and Michel Aoun to support Hezbollah’s “sectarian” wars that support the Iranian project considering they are allies.

However, this enthusiasm has reached Christian bases who have traditionally protected the republic and rejected regional projects that infiltrated Lebanon’s sovereignty, such as the Iranian project. This marks a very dangerous, interesting development.

who said that the heirs of Imad Mughniyeh, Mustafa Badreddine, Qassem Soleimani, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Sadegh Khalkhali are the prophets of peace and supporters of secularism?

Mashari Althaydi

The Aounist Movement

It is dangerous because it indicates the vigilance of negative sectarian feelings that emerged when the Aounist Movement tried to promote the idea of the “alliance of the minorities.” But against who? Clearly, it is against the Sunnis even if they’re affiliated with Rafiq Hariri or Fouad Siniora.

Lebanese thinker Radwan as-Sayyid recently wrote about this disastrous approach. “Delusions are not only linked to the idea that Hezbollah is fighting for Lebanon’s sake. There’s another delusion that Lebanese Christians currently suffer from as although they still hold on to the army, they also hold on to (Hezbollah) because it fights Sunni terrorism which threatens the Christians in particular!” Sayyid wrote.

Sayyid also addressed the manifestations of this instinctive Lebanese Christian fear which most Christians in Lebanon, mainly the Maronites who are the protectors of the Lebanese republic and entity, feel and said: “Lebanese Christians have adhered to the state, army and international decisions the most. Today however they’re controlled by the mentality of (the alliance of the minorities) which Iran protects and they find no shame in having the army follow an Iranian militia and in forgetting the state and its constitution.”

There’s an important point – which reiterating is silly anyway – and it’s that there is no question that al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda organization and of course ISIS are all terrorist groups which must be eliminated by all means possible. This is the cause of mainly “Sunni” Muslim communities – who are the majority of Muslims – before anyone else as they must protect Muslims and preserve peace among people.

But who said that the heirs of Imad Mughniyeh, Mustafa Badreddine, Qassem Soleimani, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Sadegh Khalkhali are the prophets of peace and supporters of secularism and values of the modern state?

Instinctive fear does bad things in critical times.

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, 7 August 2017 KSA 15:05 - GMT 12:05
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