Dying in defense of Assad

We do not want Lebanon to keep paying the price of other parties' wars on its territories

Nayla Tueni

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Hezbollah is free to choose the parliamentary electoral law it likes and it's free to participate in the government or boycott it. There are no restraints imposed on it when it comes to following the domestic policies governed by the constitution and law. However, Hezbollah, and even if some of those affiliated with it agree, must not intervene in another country and get involved in a war that has absolutely nothing to do with us. To justify its intervention, it has resorted to the excuse of "deterring terrorists." However this excuse just serves the purpose of throwing dust in the eyes as we can actually fortify our borders and prevent those who threaten our security from infiltrating our borders. Cooperation and coordination with security forces will also help arrest terrorists and even execute them if they harm Lebanon.

The reason I bring this up is reports that at least 25 Hezbollah fighters have died in the past two days in different areas across Syria and that some Lebanese families have lost contact with their sons - also Hezbollah fighters - there. These members were not killed and did not go missing because they were serving higher aims or a national cause as they were only present in Syria to serve foreign interests linked to Iran's will to preserve the Syrian regime. What will Hezbollah's officials tell the families of the members killed? What will they tell them they died for? To defend Syrian President Bashar al-Assad? Or the Syrian regime which is slaughtering its own sons? They died while confronting who? Confronting the Syrian people who want to change their regime?

What's being committed against the Lebanese people is a crime. We pity these fighters' mothers, wives and children because we've experienced this pain, injustice and grief that deeply wound the heart. We don't want this massacre against Lebanese people who accepted to hand over their decision-making to their leaders to go on. This same category of Lebanese people has been exploited for decades using different slogans.

We do not want our sons to die in defense of Assad or of any other man. We do not want Lebanon to keep paying the price of other parties' wars on its territories and in the case of the Syrian war, in other territories. Lebanon's young men and women should be able to live and live long.

This article was first published in an-Nahar on June 20, 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

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