Discuss Iran’s program before Lebanon's Orthodox proposal

Abdul Wahab Badrakhan

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It has now become known that the Lebanese parliament may be called upon to finalize the fate of the Orthodox electoral draft law and other electoral draft laws. What is actually required, and what is more urgent, is to call on the parliament to discuss the “Iranian project.” The two projects (the Iranian and the Orthodox proposal) are inextricably linked because their origins and aims are one.

The ‘Iranian project’

Any bad electoral law, even if it destroys the principle of co-existence and takes the country back to the principle of isolationism and “ghettos,” can later be reformed or changed. But the current aim of the Orthodox proposal is to promote a parliament in which the majority supports the obsolescent Syrian regime in order to foster the “Iranian project” in Lebanon and Syria. This is the interest that Hezbollah sees can be achieved through the Orthodox proposal. The party supports it because it grantees it will be a part of its many domination tools.

As to why the parliament must discuss the “Iranian project,” it is because the government has not discussed it. Last Wednesday, the cabinet officials buried their heads in the sand. They did not hear, they did not read and they certainly did not see anything regarding Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria. This disregard for Hezbollah’s sponsored activities in Syria occurred despite the ruling party admission that Hezbollah members had been killed and injured during a confrontation with the Free Syrian Army inside Syria, particularly in the area of Qusayr.

Government unconcerned?

It was not until the recent events in Wadi Khaled (the Syrian regime troops’ violation of Lebanese territory and the death of a citizen) that the president issued a statement calling on Syria not to open fire and launch missiles towards Lebanese lands. Criticism of this violation was only carried out by “March 14” parties, as if they are the only ones concerned about the threat posed by what happened and what is happening in Qusayr.

The cabinet neither has the ability nor the will to be concerned, it does, however, have the responsibility. The parliament, the president, the army and “March 8 parties,” which are supposedly based on patriotic principles and values, did not find themselves concerned.

Silence reigns

Considering the worn out situation, everyone preferred to remain silent. The “March 14” rally was considered as expressive of its own desires and biases. Despite all that, until now no one has clarified why Hezbollah members and not army members headed to the northern eastern borders. Is it an agreement between Hezbollah and the army, or between the two armies, or is it the desire of the Syrian regime?

In all cases, as long as there is an illegitimate, unconstitutional, illegal act regarding “sovereign” affairs, informing the Lebanese is a must. The issue is not a passing incident but a struggle that is drowning in sectarianism and it is spilling over into Lebanon. Walid Jumblatt was the only one who spoke clearly when he said “Hezbollah is fighting in Syria under Iranian commands.” It is not certain that anyone in the government heard him. Even if someone did, it is not certain they will do anything. This cabinet was originally established to cover up this well-known secret.

It is clear that the policy of dissociation is over, and that there is nothing left of the “Baabda Declaration.”

This article was first published in Lebanon's An-Nahar newspaper on Feb. 27, 2013.

Abdul Wahab Badrakhan is a Lebanese journalist, who writes weekly in London's Al-Hayat newspaper among other Arab publications. Badrakhan was a journalist in 'Annahar' (Beirut) until 1979, in 'Annahar Arabic & international' magazine (Paris) up to 1989, in 'Al-Hayat' (London) as managing editor then deputy editor in chief until 2006. At present, Badrakhan is working on two books. The first book is on the roots of the experiences that have motivated young Arab men to go to Afghanistan. The second is devoted to Arab policies to counterterrorism, starting with the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and covering the ensuing wars.

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