A de­ci­sion to hand Le­banon over to Hezbol­lah?

The Week Middle East - - News - Hazem Al Amin Al Hayat

Min­is­ters and deputies of the Le­banese Fu­ture Move­ment have re­peated the state­ment that there is an in­ter­na­tional and re­gional de­ci­sion to hand Le­banon over to Hezbol­lah. Through this state­ment they be­lieve they have de­flected the ar­rows of defeat head­ing their way as a re­sult of Hezbol­lah tak­ing prece­dence over coun­try, gov­ern­ment and fu­ture. Re­gret­tably, this is also our gov­ern­ment, our coun­try and our fu­ture. A quick look at this state­ment shows that there are no solid facts sup­port­ing it. The in­ter­na­tional dimension of this al­leged de­ci­sion is in­con­sis­tent with the US ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ef­forts to im­ple­ment a broad pro­gramme of sanc­tions against Hezbol­lah. The real pur­pose of this state­ment is to re­move blame from the Fu­ture Move­ment and place it squarely on the shoul­ders of the world. Hezbol­lah, in fact, de­feated the Fu­ture Move­ment and other sec­tar­ian and po­lit­i­cal ri­vals due to rea­sons di­rectly re­lated to the na­ture of these forces and the im­moral prac­tices. Hezbol­lah suc­ceeded in de­feat­ing failed op­po­nents. No in­ter­na­tional or re­gional de­ci­sion was made to hand Le­banon over to Hezbol­lah. There is an in­ter­nal de­ci­sion by Hezbol­lah’s al­leged op­po­nents to pro­mote this state­ment – to avoid ad­mit­ting defeat and cor­rup­tion, and as a pre­emp­tive strike be­fore their fail­ure is ex­posed to the very peo­ple who au­tho­rized them as their rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

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