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What Hariri has exposed is an axis of resistance

Mashari Althaydi

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“Everybody, I’m doing very well and in God’s will I’ll be back in a couple of days… let’s all calm down. My family is in its country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of goodness.”

This was the resigned Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s comment on Twitter on Tuesday. Hariri’s tweet came after the first televised interview, with Future TV, after his famous resignation. It was a resignation that created big ripples in the stagnant Lebanese political waters.

During the interview, presenter Paula Yacoubian reflected on all Lebanese media claims, the cons before the pros, about the myths of Hariri’s resignation, which were ignited by Hassan Nasrallah, the Free Patriotic Movement, Berri’s group and the like.

As we said in the previous article, Nasrallah’s group, and those allied with them, instead of discussing the core of Hariri’s resignation and the reason behind it, “changed” the subject to the form and place of Hariri’s resignation.

Even after Hariri’s interview with Paula Yacoubian, Lebanese media correspondents insisted on “chewing” on media illusion tablets again, questioning the reporter who interviewed the man and questioned him about most of the accusations of fictional conspiracies in the Lebanese media.

However, the person who spoke to the interviewer upon her return at Beirut airport insisted that Hariri was not at his house, but somewhere else and that we don’t know where this “somewhere” is! Yet the presenter swore that she interviewed Hariri at his home with his family where with the team they ate dinner at his table!

Trivial details

Imagine that we have come to this point of trivial details. All of this is an escape by Nasrallah’s team and his allies from discussing the original point of this issue. This is the point that Hariri has focused on time and time again during his interview, and that is: The fate of the Lebanese state, which some of its leaders want to accept its harmful reality. A reality that there is a state, controlled by a party or terrorist organization, killing and training killers in Yemen, Bahrain, Kuwait, al-Qatif ... and of course Syria and Iraq.

That is the question ... Hezbollah’s weapon and role in our region. The end of an era of lies and procrastination with this destructive reality. That in itself is beneficial to Lebanonrather than its neighbors, because it is for Lebanon.

The current situation is that this media delinquency in Lebanon, not all of it, is eye-catching. Despite all the facts and evidence before us, there is in this media someone who is running in the valleys of ignorance and illusion, spreading lies, then believing it and then forcing others to believe it too!

Mashari Althaydi


The current situation is that this media delinquency in Lebanon, not all of it, is eye-catching. Despite all the facts and evidence before us, there is in this media someone who is running in the valleys of ignorance and illusion, spreading lies, then believing it and then forcing others to believe it too!

The reason behind Hariri’s resignation is the issue, not any other story, and this collective, emotional scramble will not do anything to change the subject.

This article is also available in Arabic.

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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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