What those complaining in Lebanon don’t understand, or what they don’t want to understand - those from the Free Patriotic Movement, before Nasrallah’s supporters - that what is happening in the region is not only a Lebanese story. It’s not just one page in the Lebanese story, it’s also a page dictating the fate and place of Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
The story is a new regional and international policy designed and implemented against the Iranian Khomeini invasion and role which spoiled the country and its people. It also spread strife and anxiety for three decades. Now it is time to end this dark story, a story that has stripped a lot of energy and effort towards error and misguidance. A story that is followed blindly.
Followers of the puppeteer in Tehran, the supreme leader and the guardian of Muslims - all Muslims! - see him standing with generals of Khomeini's destruction.
It is a policy of confrontation that does not concern Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates or Bahrain. Instead, it is a policy that is also being formed in the most important international capital, Washington.
A few days ago the US Congress has classified Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba (an Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitary group) as a “terrorist group,” calling on President Donald Trump to ban it and ban foreign figures responsible or associated with it for a period of no more than 90 days.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the Iraqi Khomeinist militia said that they have considered, as they do in their usual denial-filled behavior, this categorization as an “honor.”
A congress report has found that the “As-Saib Ahl al-Haq and Nujaba are provided training, funding, and arms by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), IRGC-Quds Force, and mentored by Lebanese Hezbollah.” The report also stipulated that “Kabi and other Nujaba commanders have claimed they follow orders from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.”
This news should be reminded to all those who hustled and bustled about it – and still do – in Lebanon because it conveys the whole Lebanese problem on a wider and further horizon – that is the horizon of the “great confrontation” with the latest Iranian chapter. Lebanon is a scene or single page of this chapter, just like the Houthi page, the Kurdish page in Iraq and other Khomeini pages in Syria.
This is what the Lebanese media has missed or overlooked amidst the circus it has created around Hariri’s resignation; and one wonders whether the people really understand the bigger picture? Is the experienced President Michel Aoun aware of the dangers that he is driving Lebanon towards due to his irresponsible approach to the current Lebanese problem and the way he is handling Saad al-Hariri’s resignation?
The good thing that is happening to Lebanon, and we all hope so, is that it sincerely and honestly “distances” itself from the region’s problems extending from Iraq, to Syria and Bahrain, to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, to Qatar, the UAE and to Egypt.
If not, then turbulence persists amid storms.
This article is also available in Arabic.
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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