Many these days think it's not necessary to form a new Lebanese cabinet. The country is doing fine as it is, they believe. Saad Hariri's national unity cabinet failed to overcome the country's chronic crises. During his term as premier, Hariri tried in vain to avoid disputes, but he often confronted impossible requests.
The real threat
Forming a new cabinet by prime minister-designate Tammam Salam appears to be an impossible task due to certain contradictory conditions.Nayla Tueni
The clear aim of these obstructions and vacuum rulings in constitutional, military and other institutions, is to create a bare state and eventually dominate them and control these institutions.
This is where the real threat lies. It lies among several parties. One is divided and scared, another is possessed with the greatness of its people, a third that linked itself to regional developments and the fate of the Syrian regime, a fourth that looks forward to attaining powerful positions and a fifth that has for a while now established its plan but is in no hurry to implement it as it sees in the coming days a guarantee to move forward with its schemes.
This is where the threat lies, and it goes beyond a caretaker cabinet replacing another caretaker cabinet.
This article was first published in Lebanon-based Annahar on July 15, 2013.