Perhaps Future Movement leader Saad Hariri’s aides, advisers and others around him have told him of the people’s desire that he stay in Beirut, after he made a surprise visit to attend the 11th commemoration of the assassination of his father Rafiq.
Saad’s participation at the ceremony on Sunday restored some balance to a situation in Lebanon that some parties inside and outside the country view as influenced by Iran. If this is the case, it is due to a lack of consensus within the March 14 coalition, Saad’s absence from Lebanon, and the country’s lack of Arab support.
It is not enough for him to confirm that Lebanon is an Arab country, because Arab countries have abandoned it during the peak of its existential crisis, or at least become preoccupied with battles they are fighting on several fronts, including in Syria, Yemen, Bahrain and Libya.
Saad Hariri’s surprise visit restored some balance to a situation in Lebanon that some parties inside and outside the country view as influenced by Iran.Nayla Tueni
During his speech on Sunday, Saad spoke words of truth, saying we have the courage to take a stance. Our stance will be most effective if we adhere to it. Until there are better circumstances, we must resist and stand together. Saad must thus stay in Beirut, and brotherly Arab countries must realize that Lebanon’s loss of its position, role, meaning and identity will be their responsibility, and a sin that will haunt them throughout history.
This article was first published in an-Nahar on Feb. 15, 2016.
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