Lebanon’s future: Lebanon’s Mutasarrifate Take II:

August 10, 2020

A crossroads of civilizations, Lebanon has been often involved in wars, invasions, and sectarian warfare. Image depicts Lebanese soldiers in 1861, right after a big clash between Maronite Christians and Druze muslims.

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog

Most of the current instability in the Levant and the whole Middle East is inadvertently and inadvertently a result of the obsession about Israel’s security; both from the Israeli as well as the American sides. That said, many of the region’s problems are deep-rooted and go back to times before Israel was created and before America had any influence.

In the middle part of the Nineteenth Century, and whilst the entire Levant was under Ottoman rule, sectarian strife between Lebanese Maronites (a regional Catholic sect) and Druze (regional esoteric Muslim-based faith) left thousands savagely butchered, towns decimated, and civilians displaced. The strife escalated in 1860-1861, and as it was obvious back then that the Ottoman Empire was not far from its demise, the West was looking for half an opportunity to interfere in the Levant; and under the guise of protecting the Lebanese Maronites, coerced the Ottomans to give Mount Lebanon autonomy, under the auspices of the West.

This all happened prior to WWI, before Sykes Picot, and before any single Western nation could make a claim on Lebanon. The decision had then to be reached by consensus. This is why it was jointly reached by France, Britain, Austria, Prussia and Russia. The Ottomans had no choice but to accept and dilute their influence in the region by giving the West a post within the Ottoman Empire.

The French proposed that the ruler should be given the title of Plenipotentriary, and the word was translated to a Turkish word of Arabic origin, Mutasarrif, but that person was appointed by the West; not by Turkey, and the political entity itself was called the Mutasarrifate of Mount Lebanon.

For readers interested in my take and analysis on Lebanon’s recent history in a more detailed but concise narrative, they can go to this reference. In brief, Grand Liban (Greater Lebanon) was created by the French under the demand of the then Maronite Patriarch Howayyek in 1920. It was meant to give Lebanese Christians a sense of security, and to be a neutral country in the Middle East; with a Western outlook.

This article will not discuss the geopolitical changes that have happened since. They are in the link above. That said, with the many changes over the last century, the situation in Lebanon has become untenable.

In summary, and among other things, Lebanon has to find a way to deal with Israel, with Syria which is the heart of the axis of resistance and support of Hezbollah, its Arab neighbours who are predominantly against Syria and Hezbollah, devise a united policy as to the status and level of the presence of Hezbollah, find a way out of the current financial collapse and redefine the country’s position as either a neutral country or a spearhead of resistance.

But this is easier said than done not only because of the political divisions, but also because of the endemic corruption of its Mafia lords; Lebanon’s ruling elite and their cronies.

These are the family lines of the same lords that led Lebanon into the civil war. They all have little armies, real armies; some with tanks and artillery. The Lebanese Army is incapable of crushing them, and even if it attempts to, it will have to attack them all at once; not one at a time without risking being accused of impartiality and giving favours.

Those leaders are accused of having thieved $800 Bn from Lebanon and siphoned it overseas. And in as much as they loathe each other, they equally need each other because the existence of each of them is contingent upon that of the others.

Much has been blamed in the past on the disunity of the Lebanese themselves, but when literally millions took to the streets in October 2019, they were united, they carried the slogan of ‘kellon yani kellon’ (all of them means all of them). But before too long, meddlers and thugs were set up inside their camps wreaking havoc and disunity. The protestors were hoping that the Lebanese Army would make a move and start arresting the leaders and the cronies implanted amongst them, but the army itself is bogged down in the same game of dirty politics and loyalties.

In simple terms, the Lebanese people can become united if they have the will and they have done so in the past. They have learned this lesson the hard way, but they simply do not have the means and the power to dislodge the ruling families who control everything; all the way from daily bread to election results.

The country has been struggling for years with mountains of rubbish that the government has not been able to process, electricity shortages, water shortages, soaring unemployment just to name a few problems. It is little wonder why the economy collapsed and the Lira lost nearly 80% of its value in the last few months. Add to this COVID-19, the Caesar Act, and now the Beirut Sea-Port explosions.

Of interest to note is that the latest events in Lebanon have been capitalized on to raise the level of dissent against Hezbollah. According to some, Hezbollah was blamed for everything; even including the sea-port disaster.

Sometimes however, disasters offer silver linings. The cries of Lebanese citizens in the streets of major cities did not generate any global compassion, but after the massive blast, there seems a change in this respect.

Many nations have come forward and offered to assist the Lebanese people, and their governments are not shying away from stating that they will not entrust this aid to the Lebanese Government for distribution to those in need. This is because the whole world, not only the Lebanese people, no longer trust Lebanese officials.

Thus far, among a list of nations, aid and offers of aid came from Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the USA, and ironically, even from Israel .

But no aid offer has thus far come close to that of France. French President Marcon did not only make a promise, but he also visited Lebanon and walked on Ground Zero (thereby shooting the concept of nuclear attack in the guts) and made a very intriguing yet audacious promise. He promised Lebanon a ‘new political pact’.

What does a ‘new political pact’ exactly mean?

This promise harks back to the days of colonization when France did not only actually draw the map of the new state of Lebanon and gave it a constitution that was shaped on France’s own, but it also goes back to the days when the Mount Lebanon Mutasarrifate was created, does it not?

Macron went further and promised to return to Lebanon on the 1st of September 2020, a very ominous date indeed, a date that marks the centenary of the declaration of Grand Liban.

But Lebanon is no longer under French mandate, and France is unable to receive such a mandate without international support. That said, as unbelievable as it may sound, more than fifty thousand Lebanese have signed a petition asking France to take control of Lebanon for the next ten years. And speaking of former colonizers, if such a poll was taken for the return of Turkish rule, perhaps more would sign it as the popularity of Erdogan is growing within the Sunni street.

This is not to say that Lebanese people want to be ruled by a foreign entity. It is simply because they are feeling beaten, robbed, hungry, terrorised, so helpless and have lost total faith in their own leaders and political process and are desperately screaming out for help from outside.

If the events of 1860-1861 have generated enough Western ‘sympathy’ to ‘help’ the people of Lebanon, then the events of 2020 are much more prominent and offer a much bigger opportunity and lure for a new-style intervention.

But once again, France cannot get away with doing this alone. With Russia already on the ground in Syria and America looking for a new role in Lebanon, France would have to get them on board somehow. It is plausible that a new international conference that of course includes Russia but also Turkey, but not Iran, may soon be convened to discuss the political future of Lebanon.

This time, the West will have a significantly larger incentive than the one it had back in 1861, because this time around, it will have one small eye on Lebanon, and the bigger eye on the security of Israel, as well as seeing in this an opportunity they have not been able to achieve by other means in order to reach a deal that stamps out Iranian influence and presence just at the door step of Israel’s borders.

If the international community were serious about helping the Lebanese people and the Lebanese Army, it is quite capable of freezing the assets of the corrupt leaders and repatriating those funds to jump-start the economy again. Lebanon has a huge wealth of highly qualified professionals, many of whom currently are unemployed, and are desperately needing work in a country that desperately needs rebuilding. But would they be trusted, given their miserable track record, and who would they be answerable to if they breached the agreed mandate?

But such a plan, devised by an international conference would not bear fruit unless it puts teeth into the decision, sending troops to disarm the relatively small militia of the corrupt politicians, forcefully if needed. Theoretically, and with good intentions, this is conceivable. However, since when has such an operation ever been genuinely executed and free of abuse and various stakeholder’s pursuing their nefarious agendas. How could we forget Libya? That said, the intervention in Libya was NATO-based, the presence of Russia and possibly China in any international agreement over Lebanon will add more balance.

But no one will be able to disarm the formidable army of the true resistance, Hezbollah, any more than Hezbollah will agree to lay down its weapons.

According to my analysis and predictions, it appears likely that some type of intervention will occur to cleanse the country of the political elite and their private interest militias. The pact will draw a line somewhere in South Lebanon, keep an area under Hezbollah’s control, and have Hezbollah to agree to leave Lebanese politics. This would be the biggest concession that Hezbollah will agree to, if it does. This will not give Israel all of what it wants, because such an outcome will not safeguard it from Hezbollah’s rockets, however Israel cannot expect more than that, if it does.

Russia may use this ‘opportunity’ to reach a way out of the deadlock and find a political settlement with the USA over their differences in Syria. But for this to happen, Syria will also need to agree to remove Iranian influence and presence from Syrian soil, as this fact has caused so much growing divisiveness in the region and provided an excuse for further Israeli aggression and US presence in Syria.

Most ironically in this particular context, even Chairman Nasrallah referred to silver linings in his latest speech on the 8th of August 2020, following the sea-port disaster. He said “from the womb of the tragedy, opportunities are born, and that international discussions emerging from this incident are an opportunity that must be capitalized upon by the Lebanese” I do not profess to know what Chairman Nasrallah meant, but he did add that all of those who are hedging their bets on the failure of the resistance will eventually fail.

Lebanon has probably gone the full circle, and the age of Mutasarrifate Take II is possibly only around the corner.

If Marcon is true to his word, for better or for worse he needs to act fast because he knows that the condition of the Lebanese people is dire. But no doubt, given his country’s history great skepticism prevails.

Tragically, such an outcome will catapult Lebanon right back into the age of Western custodianship. Depending on its fine details, and unless it stipulates the lifting of sanctions on Syria, its outcome may have serious further economic repercussions on Syria. Furthermore, it will take away many of the achievements of the Axis of Resistance, realistically however, such an outcome is not far-fetched.

The murderous, greedy, filthy and corrupt Lebanese political leaders would not have only destroyed Lebanon’s economy, but also returned it to the doldrums of the age of colonization.

Lebanon’s President: Justice will be served, economic siege now lifted

Via The Saker

Lebanon’s President: Justice will be served, economic siege now lifted

August 11, 2020

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/lebanons-president-justice-will-be-served-economic-siege-now-lifted/

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Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun fielded various questions from local media surrounding the fallout from the national disaster at the Port of Beirut on August the 4th.

Source: Al Jadeed News (YouTube)

Date: August 7, 2020

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Transcript:

Lebanese President Michel Aoun:

Lebanese people are angry and I am angry too, and they have the right to be angry. But as you know, excessive anger causes people to boil with rage (and act incorrectly). So our responsibility today is to reveal the truth, because public opinion is slowly changing its direction, it is moving towards deflecting blame onto innocents and not the perpetrators. Nothing but the (ongoing) investigation can reveal what happened, and we are working on it, first by assigning the officials (responsible for the investigation), and then by following the required actions after this investigation.

I want to reaffirm today that we understand the heartache of the Lebanese people (who lost their dear ones), (hearts) that will not be healed unless they take revenge from the perpetrator. And punishing those responsible (for the explosion) is the only (possible) path that we can tread in order to heal the heartache.

In addition, we will seek to compensate them for their material losses. But this is not the real condolence. Rather, the real condolence is expressed by achieving justice. You know me or your parents do, I am Michel Aoun! You know me in war and in peace, no one can drive me towards (committing) a mistake and no one can prevent me from revealing the truth. I wanted to talk today so that all citizens hear me, and ultimately, I belong to these citizens, I did not come from the palaces but rather from the homes of these people. I know every house, I know all families from north to south and from east to west, and they feel my love and affection.

They knew me in war and in peace, they witnessed how I don’t draw back from any responsibility and I never hesitate to defend my country. In this sense, what is the homeland? The homeland is people. Today, I condole all (Lebanese) people with all my heart through these words, and my second condolence is expressed by realising justice, (a type of justice) in which no (guilty individual) will be excluded. This time is not like usual where the weak are the scapegoats of powerful officials. Here I recall the quote of Honore de Balzac, a famous French writer, “Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.” In this case, there will be neither weak nor powerful, the courts’ doors will be wide-open for the perpetrators (regardless who they are).

Reporter:

Your Excellency, in my name and on behalf of my (press) colleagues we extend our sincere condolences to you as President of all the Lebanese people. My question is: In the Council of Ministers you determined the structure of the investigation committee – have you received any information yet about this investigation? I mean the causes of the blast? And how do you take some people’s demand for an international investigation? Don’t you think that the purpose behind demanding an international investigation is hiding the truth?

President Aoun:

Yes of course, and we have a historical example in the form of a similar incident which indicates to us that “The late decision is useless”, because the judgment should occur fast. Here we refer to what they say, “Late justice is (in fact) not justice (at all)”, justice should be immediate yet without hastiness, such that the criminal is determined as well as the innocent.

In this case, we can say that there are two possibilities divided into three parts: The first part is how these explosive materials entered (our country) and were stored in the Port (of Beirut), and here the responsibility rests with the officials who were aware of the storage of these materials for 7 years. During this period, a number of governments and officials came to power, some of which wrote to the relevant (Lebanese) authorities in the port warning them about (the danger of) this issue. No doubt that there was a lack of awareness and negligence in doing what is required so that we don’t reach what has occurred today. It is possible that (the explosion) was caused by negligence or by external action, whether via a missile or a bomb. Personally, I requested the French President to provide us with aerial photographs (of the explosion) in order to determine if (the explosion) was caused by a bomb. In case they don’t have these photographs, we will request them from other countries.

Reporter:

Mr. President, you said that courts will be opened for (both) weak and powerful (Lebanese officials), you also said that there were (Lebanese) officials who have written letters about the danger of these (high) explosive materials in at the port, and yesterday we heard about arrests starting from the head of the port’s temporary committee and other employees. Today, Lebanese people are awaiting at least for the arrest of a former minister or a current minister or an official, yet till now we didn’t see any of this. The story begins in 2013 and stretches up until today, and thus there are many concerned ministers (in this file).

President Aoun:

Do you know how many problems have been accumulating from 2013 until today ?! Many (officials) came (to power) successively, and things need time. We can’t (just) randomly send any minister or citizen to jail. We have to be rational and to listen to the statements of all those tied (to this matter), in order (for us) to make the right decision.

Reporter:

Your excellency, if the (investigations) lead to the finding that (a) prime minister (holds) some responsibility (for the disaster), will that prime minister be prosecuted, in addition to all (officials) below the prime minister’s post (that are found to be in the wrong)? And will the (political) cover that is rooted in (each official’s) religious sect play a role this time as it usually does? And why are (political) investments being made directly accusing Hezbollah of being the responsible for the (Beirut) explosion by claiming that (Hezbollah) was hiding stuff there in the port. This (narrative) has caused much confusion. So, can we say now that the true story is the one that you have just told, Mr. President?

President Aoun:

The investigation has not revealed anything yet. The port officials and those who are responsible for the port storages are now under investigation. Those responsible for the explosion are being identified according to a report prepared by the (Lebanese) State Security.

Reporter:

Mr. President, yesterday Mr. Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, was in Beirut. How was the atmosphere of the discussions? Did he discuss with you the issue of an international investigation into (the port) explosion because yesterday at the press conference he spoke about this issue when he was asked about it?

President Aoun:

(I think) it is just a piece of advice. The issue of an international investigation was not raised.

Reporter:

Well, how was the atmosphere of the discussions? Did you discuss France’s aid to Lebanon and was the CEDRE conference suggested (as a solution)?

President Aoun:

Definitely we spoke about aid but we didn’t specify what that will be. Today, we are before several types of aid:

1) food and medical aid;

2) reconstruction assistance.

(So far) we have resolved the first problem (concerning the food and medicine); we still have the issue of reconstruction which we are now in the process of planning how we will implement that.

Reporter:

Mr. President, yesterday the French President suggested a new issue which is forming a new pact with Lebanon. What is meant by a ‘new pact’? How did you receive this idea? Are we before the establishment of a new political regime? Are we before a new international understanding (regarding Lebanon as a polity)? Can you please clarify the French view in this regard?

President Aoun:

We are certainly before changes, and when we say changes we mean a new regime. So, yes, we have to reconsider our political system. It became clear to all that the consensual system (in Lebanon) is a paralysed system in which no one can pass any resolution and achieve it quickly. Any decision must be consensual and must be first approved by multiple authorities. Ten (people) cannot reach an agreement and that’s why rarely do we see reforms (being passed).

Reporter:

So, are we going towards internationalising the Lebanese conflict?

President Aoun:

No, no. if we are not able to govern ourselves, no one can govern us. Second, no one has the right to violate Lebanese sovereignty during my term as president.

Reporter:

Mr. President, some information or rather news stated that, your excellency was aware (that) the explosive materials were (stored there at) the port. So we would like to know about this issue from you. Also, you spoke about accountability, will the government pledge to proceed with the accountability process till the end and not spare any (corrupt official or individual)?

President Aoun:

Yes, we were informed around July 20. (A) military specialist directly called the Secretary General of (Lebanon’s) Higher Defence Council, discussed the issue together and called upon all those concerned. As I said, nothing can console and compensate people for their loss. What happened, those who have lost dear ones cannot be consoled. What may console people a little bit is the investigation and justice. In addition, there will be no political cover for anyone.

Reporter:

Mr. President, it is clear since a year ago that Lebanon has been facing an international siege or has been abandoned, whether by its regional or international surroundings. We have noticed in the previous two days after the (port) explosion that there is solidarity concerning essential foodstuffs, reconstruction and such matters. Yet it is clear that even during such a crisis and dire situation, (Lebanon) is still abandoned. Are there any endeavours being made to overcome these obstacles that have been placed, particularly by the Americans?

President Aoun:

The explosion broke the siege. Approximately all heads of states, i.e. the US, Arab and European states, communicated with me and declared their support for the Lebanese people and their readiness for financial and material aid. Indeed, all these states have started sending planes loaded with medical aid that we were really in need of. (Lebanese) hospitals have consumed all the available medicine they have. The number of people wounded and injured is nearly 4000, thus we are in need of all the materials used in surgery since they are almost finished. All the states responded to our calls rapidly, and you can notice the number of planes loaded with medicines and medical materials that are arriving.

Reporter:

Mr. President, you said that you received on July 20 a report from the relevant authorities and that both your Excellency and the Higher Defence Council have sent that report to the relevant (state) bodies. Your honour, as the President of this country and as the commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces, why didn’t you issue a direct order to remove these explosive materials especially since the report indicates how dangerous they are in such a populated area.

President Aoun:

These explosive materials were stored in the port from 7 years ago, from 2013. I am not responsible, nor do I even know where they are stored, nor how dangerous they are. I have no direct authority over the port, there is a hierarchy (with oversight over the port) that must know (and act) upon its responsibilities. All were aware of the presence (of these materials). Is not reporting the same as ordering? When you report something that says necessary actions must be taken, is it not the same as issuing an order?

Reporter:

Should not there be a complete revision of the entire port, since it seems like the (Port of Beirut) is like the Cave of Aladdin, no one knows what is stored inside it, nor what is going into it or out of it, nor does anyone have authority over it. Should not the port be (completely) overhauled?

President Aoun:

(Is an overhaul) required just for the port?!

Reporter:

At least the port, since it is the reason behind the disaster we are facing today, and the vagueness surrounding the port (and how it functions) has been an issue for a long time…

President Aoun:

It is the case at the Port (of Beirut), the Central Bank (of Lebanon) and all places of authority (and government institutions). Is there anything that does not require (urgent) change and reform (in Lebanon)? Why (else) are we talking about reforming (and establishing) a new political system as you said earlier? Do you have any idea about the (magnitude) of the cumulative and accumulated problems that we are suffering from since the 1990s?

Reporter:

General, you spoke about the public anger and you said that they are totally right. However, some political parties are investing in the public anger. You said that these explosive materials have been stored (in the port) since more than 7 years, but some are trying to place the responsibility of what is happening now on the current government. Moreover, some are trying to impose a blockade on a certain political party. What do you say about that?

President Aoun:

That is happening of course, and some have surpassed the normal limits. The person can make accusations (perhaps), but it is not his responsibility to decide to take revenge (himself). They are truly taking revenge, but not revenge from the perpetrators but rather political revenge. The way the (current) investigations around financial (corruption in the country) are taking place creates indignation and anger at us (the current presidential administration). This indignation arises against us because we are taking significant measures of reform that could affect certain people whom the (angry people) know very well. All (Lebanese) people know them well but no one mentions their names.

Reporter:

Mr. President, will what happened on August the 4th (i.e. the Port Disaster) be able to reunite the divided (Lebanese) political class, some of which is corrupt, and some of which is responsible for what happened today? But is it even possible for the (Lebanese people) to have the necessary awareness (and wisdom) after this disaster that befell Lebanon?

President Aoun:

No, they (certain politicians) sleep and wake up to the dream of gaining power through all possible means. Always people stand side by side as they face family, neighbourhood and national tragedies, even if there is enmity between them, real enmity, they overcome this enmity and keep it aside and go forward to carry out their duties. I didn’t hear yet that any of the (Lebanese politicians)…[inaudible]

Reporter:

Mr. President, you have mentioned that the international blockade is over following the August 4th (disaster). But on the 4th of August we were before a real catastrophe in terms of the loss of life and an economic catastrophe as well. Today Lebanon (continues) to suffer from this matter, can we say that international aid will be offered to Lebanon within this context?

President Aoun:

Yes, Lebanon will be offered significant international aid. We are setting up a plan aimed at rebuilding Beirut such that it will become more beautiful than what it was.

Reporter:

This talk confirms the holding of an international conference for the reconstruction of Lebanon ….

President Aoun:

Not just reconstructing – there are states ready to immediately launch the reconstruction (on their own). Though our idea is the most suitable, whereby it seeks to give every state a specific part (of the damaged area) to reconstruct it. This way the reconstruction will be accomplished faster and easier.

Reporter:

Will the investigation into this (disaster), Mr. President – you upon whom the Lebanese people rely and who believe your presidential term is one dedicated to reforms – allow us to break through the sectarian barriers and enable all related files to be opened transparently?

President Aoun:

Without investigation justice won’t be achieved. No one will admit his guilt without accountability. When held accountable, he will confess to it. And here our own problem lies. We cannot forgo (the principles of) justice and democracy. Instead of helping us (to unveil the truth) they (certain people) insult us on social media and they call it “free speech”. Even though there are laws that outlaw insults. It is only in Lebanon where you find that “insult” equals “free speech”.

بيروت… تفجير داخل الانفجار!

فاديا مطر

من على شرفات بيروت التي شهدت أكبر انفجار منذ قرن من الزمن تتموضع الكارثة، ومن شوارعها التي عصف بها ٤ آب تتسم الصورة الحقيقة لمشهد الانفجار المروع، فالحقيقة باتت ضائعة ما بين من حلت به النكبة ومن يستجمع الداخل والخارج لتطعيم مشهد الانفجار بتفجير يؤلم أكثر، حيث لا تسعف الكلمات الصور، ولا ترتب الخراب الأمنيات، إلا أنّ مشهد الانفجار مازال يريد العصف بتفجير ما تبقى من شجر وحجر وبشر، فهي ذات الأيدي التي صوبت منذ الدقائق الأولى للانفجار ناره بإتجاه المقاومة كما جرت العادة ووثقت سابقاً أحداث عام ٢٠٠٥ ذلك، وهي ذات الأجندة التي ما زالت تعتبر نفسها رابحة برغم الخسارة في العام ٢٠٠٦ ومشهد الانكسار الذي حل بالعدو الإسرائيلي، فلم تعط الدروس العِبر ولم تملّ أيدي الخراب من التخريب، حيث تقف الحكومة اللبنانية أمام فوهتي مدفع داخلي وخارجي بدت جاهزيته للإطلاق قبل إخماد نار مرفأ بيروت، ولم تكن المقاومة ببعيدة عن ذات التسديد، فالواقع يحرك ذاته باتجاه معين من التدويل إلى الدعوات للتخريب إلى محاولات استهداف الوزارات التي تُعنى بترتيب ما تحطم والتي ما زالت تبتعد بنفسها عن مساءلة من السبب ولماذا، وهي بانتظار الوقت المتبقي لإعلان النتائج من الفريق الحكومي والأمني لشرح ما حدث، ولعلّ استباق ما حدث قد حط رحاله في شوارع بيروت المنكوبة قبل أيّ إعلان رسمي سوى ما أعلنه في ذات اليوم الرئيس الأميركي ترامب من أنّ انفجار بيروت يبدو «مفتعلاً»، ودعمه بذات التصريحات الزائر الأول لبيروت بعد الكارثة قادماً من باريس، والذي لم تخبّئ جعبته المقصد «الإنساني» والسياسي ودفتر الشروط لمؤتمر باريس الداعم للبنان، فالذي بدأه إيمانويل ماكرون يحاول بعض الشارع اللبناني استكماله في مشهد كان الإعلام المسموم سيده مع حصول الحدث وبعده، والداعم الإعلامي كان استناداً لقنوات «إسرائيلية» نفت ما جاء على لسان القنوات اللبنانية التي بثت الخبر، فيما كان حديث سماحة السيد حسن نصرالله موصفاً للواقع ومتجاوزاً لخبث تلك القنوات التي أفشلت نفسها بنفسها، فالمراقب لجملة المشهد في بيروت الجريحة قد أصبح أمام تساؤلات جمّة تشوبها استفهامات كثيرة وتعتصرها أحداث شارع يحاول التفجير بعد الانفجار، فالمشهد الداخلي اللبناني بات بزمام من بصماته لم تغادر المكان ليغيّر المشهد ما بعد الانفجار إلى مشهد ما قبل التفجير عبر متنبّئين جاءت تصريحاتهم ما بين طلب الوصاية الدولية والتشكيك بقدرة الحكومة على النهوض وما بين الاستقالة التي ربط بعضهم فيها نفسه بكلام الليل الذي محاه النهار، لتقف ضفتا بيروت أمام استحقاق ربما يأخد ما وضعته الكارثة بعيداً عن متناول التشاركية التي جسدها المشهد الشعبي والشبابي المتكاتف بهول الكارثة، فمحاولة إحداث تفجير بعد الانفجار تبدو حامية في روؤس البعض من مرتهني الخارج لتكبير رقعة الخراب وتدمير ما لم يدمّره انفجار ميناء بيروت، والمستهدف ربما وسّعت رقعته بعض الأحزاب السياسية ليصل إلى خارج الحدود وإلى خارج خارج الحدود، لكن الرسائل التي بعث بها سيد المقاومة للداخل والخارج ستكبح طموحات من خابت أمانيه وستفعل فعلها في مؤتمر باريس الذي لملم الكثير من متمنّي الخراب للبنان برغم تفاؤل سماحة السيد نصر الله الحذر من أنّ الوضع الخارجي حتى الآن جيد تجاه من يريد المساعدة «الحقيقية» للبنان في محنته، فأيّ بصمات سترفع بيروت عن مفتعل مصيبتها؟ وأيّ تكشفات ستحمل الأيام القادمة ؟ وأيّ مساومات ستعبّر إلى مطار الحريري لوضع الشارع في بازار ابتزاز قبل البدء بالحديث عن مساعدات الشرق، وهل فتيل التفجير أقرب إلى الماء منه إلى نار أخرى تجوب الشوارع السياسية والمالية؟ كل ذلك رهن ببصمات من تلطخت يده في حادثة بيروت الأليمة وما حملته من تغيّرات لكلّ لبنان الإقليمي والدولي، في مقابل محور بدأ العمل بميثاق الشرف الوطني الذي لم يتخلَ عنه يوماً وقد دفع فيه الكثير من الدماء والعرق كما دفعت شوارع بيروت، فالسائل لن يُطيل جوابه الانتظار حتى يتبيّن الخيط الأبيض من الأسود من الفجر.

IS THE PARTITION OF LEBANON NOW ON THE TABLE?

Posted on  by Elijah J Magnier

By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai

Following the end of the 1975 civil war in Lebanon, the Taef agreement (one of the worse agreements on record) was signed between the belligerents. It delivered the country into the hands of the civil warlords who today rule Lebanon along with their children. Since then they have been frenetically diligent in stealing public wealth, mismanaging the country and offering precious little infrastructure to the inhabitants. They shelter behind the religious leaders, who are keen to offer protection to these lords… as long as they guard the governmental position allocated to each of the 18 Lebanese religions, according to a confessional system far removed from democracy or even nationalism. And indeed, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, was careful to say, during his last week’s visit to Lebanon, at his meeting with these same warlords: “It is not up to a French President to write your history on your behalf. It is you who have to do it.”

Macron rejected the idea of an early parliamentary election and requested that these war Lords unite in “one united government”- which means international community support for the same politicians responsible for the Lebanese crisis and large-scale theft for decades! But the population took to the streets the day following Macron’s departure, making the point that a sectarian confrontation could no longer be excluded. Is it possible to divide Lebanon, following on from another sectarian war? What would be the reaction of the powerful players? It’s high time for this Lebanese government to leave. What next?

The time has come for the departure of the Lebanese government led by Doctor Hassan Diab. Diab, a Sunni, is not a political leader and belongs to no party. He is an intellectual and a university professor who was prevented from implementing real changes and put an end to the long-established corruption pattern. Lebanese war lords gathered against him domestically and took the trouble to travel abroad asking world leaders to refrain from supporting the current government. Even the Speaker Nabih Berri tried to shake Diab and his government, although Berri has two ministers in the same Diab cabinet, and has contributed to its failure. Berri’s ministers finally rejected the idea of removing the Central Bank governor and taking him to trial for his mismanagement of public savings and for his spectacularly unsuccessful financial engineering.

Prime Minister Diab said he is “giving it two months” – he won’t last that long – to allow the war lords to meet and decide what to do next since they are the ones preventing the government from moving forward. He also said he is willing to seek an early parliamentary election, a proposal that will certainly be rejected by the powerful politicians and will maybe lead to Diab’s own resignation.

In fact, the Sunni and the Christian powerful parliamentary groups would be the most damaged from an early election. Both Sunni (Saad Hariri) and the Christians (GebranBassil) have suffered serious damage to their popular base and would definitely lose many of the seats they are holding today. The Druse (Walid Jumblat) and the Shia (Nabih Berry and Hezbollah) have stable seats and well-established popular support.

The international community is reasonably asking for a united front of all politicians – who boycotted the current government – in the forthcoming cabinet to avoid internal bickering and for all warlords to assume their responsibility to move the country forward. Lebanon is … More

Macron believes the US economic pressure on Hezbollah is harming the Lebanese population, among these the friends of France and the US. Moreover, the more the US increases its pressure on Lebanon, the more the country will be heading towards Iran, China and Russia. That’s without counting the number of refugees that would be flocking to Europe. The US “maximum pressure” on the “Axis of the Resistance”, mainly Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, has not achieved the desired result. The US has failed in its attempt to subdue Lebanon and has managed to push its allies, mainly European, to find more ways to distance themselves from US dominance.

“The problem of Lebanon is the fact that there are too many countries around”, wanting to dominate it. This is what the French President said. He described a reality the Lebanese are dangerously unaware of, and where Partition remains a dangerous ghost.

Proofread by:  Maurice Brasher

Facing Difficulties, Do not React Defensively

Facing Difficulties, Do not React Defensively

August 10, 2020

by Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog

At the end of the year 2019, I wrote: „From my point of view, 2019 was a very positive year and I am convinced that the same will be the case for 2020.“ Unfortunately, my expectations for 2020 have turned out to be too optimistic. There is however no reason to hang one’s head. The general outlook remains positive, a Western dominated world has gone forever.

Shit Happens

The year 2020 started badly with to murder of general Soleimani. Even, US-president Trump could „proudly“ claim that he was responsible for this abominable act, without paying an appropriate prize, until now. The reaction of the Iranian people and of other peoples in the region were very impressive, but there was also this accident with the Ukrainian civil aircraft. Next, there was a very positive offensive of the Syrian army and its allies against the terrorists in Idlib. However, an impertinent invasion of Turkey, openly supporting the terrorists and partly replacing them, was able to stop the offensive. It is true that, in March, there was an agreement between Russia and Turkey concerning the situation in Idlib. But this agreement was not as positive as expected. The Syrian government and the Syrian Army did not obtain an adequate place in this agreement. Since then, the situation in Idlib and in the other parts of Syria occupied by Turkey or USA or Israel is rather blocked, the Syrian side could not make real progressses in the liberation of her country.

Next came this pandemic. Again, it is true that in the first phase, the rich European and North-American countries were the most touched. But in the sequel, the countries of the global South were more and more affected, in particular in Latin America. In Russia also, the pandemic has become a big problem. And while it is clear that the economy in the rich European countries is really suffering, the situation for the peoples in the global South is even worse, for obvious reasons. Among other things, their central banks cannot so easily provide lot of money.

And now, there is this terrible explosion in Beyrouth.

Some Positive Developments

Nevertheless, the post-Western side has made progresses, in a calm and solid way. China has adopted a key law concerning Honk Kong which gives better possibilities in order to fight against the criminals there, the latter being openly supported by the West. In Russia, important amendments of the constitution were adopted by a clear majority. An economic collaboration between Iran and Venezuela is developing, despite the stubborn opposition of the USA. A plan for a long term, big partnership between China and Iran has been elaborated. Also, Iran and Syria have formally strengthen their military cooperation. The patriotic forces in Yemen could liberate more parts of their country and are now close to the strategic city of Ma’rib.

During the pandemic, Cuba has gained many friends because of her medical system. Countries like China, Vietnam, Syria, as well as the Hezbollah in Lebanon have reacted fast and predominantly correct, better than many other countries. Due to the fact that the economy in East Asia and Southeast Asia seems to recover quite well from the pandemic, it can be expected that the Western influence in this crucial region will further weaken. And I would say that the general situation in China remains very pleasant.

Destructive Attitude of the Hegemonic West

The hegemonic West is in the defensive. Their behavior is more and more destructive. The USA are no longer capable of developing their proper strength so they just concentrate on bothering the others. The sanctions against Syria and Lebanon, against Huawei, and against the gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 are typical examples.

The West is still in a big crisis. In the USA in particular, the crisis is quite enormous. Also in Israel, with the repetitions of elections and an unstable government, the current conditions are not so well. Nonetheless, the USA and Israel remain as aggressive and as brutal as ever and, at least for the moment, they are not stopped. However, one gets the strong impression that their actions are increasingly desperate.

The rich European countries do not intend to change something important in order to do more for a world of more justice. They continue with their anti-Chinese, anti-Russian, anti-Iranian, anti-Syrian, and anti-Venezuelan politics, more or less with impunity. On the other hand, during the pandemic, the popularity of the USA in the rich European countries has got weak and the general pressure for a more autonomous European politic is clearly increasing.

Blame the West or Strengthen the Own Position ?

The combination of the occurring problems described above and the destructive attitude of the West often provoke a reaction which blames the West for all these problems. The meaning is quite popular that the Ukrainian plane was hit due to Western sabotage, that the pandemic was a US bio-attack against China, or that the Beyrouth explosion was the result of an outside strike. Of course, all this is possible. Morally speaking, Western hegemonists and Zionists are certainly able of such criminal acts, there have been enough examples in the past.

Nevertheless, there is also the question of a wise general approach to the current situation. What signifies this spontaneous leaning to see the West as the responsible? Certainly, on the one hand, there is the intention to counter the Western media for which it is inconceivable that the West is behind atrocities. On the other hand, there is also the result that the West appears as almighty. This is a defensive position which lacks confidence in one’s own strength.

Objectively speaking, Western hegemonism is much weaker now than in the past. They are not almighty. They are not at all able of planing all in advance – and of acting accordingly. They are not omniscient and they are not unbeatable masters of manipulation.

Look at Hassan Nasrallah’s speech of August 7. This is a very good example of concentrating on one’s own strength. Nasrallah focused on Lebanon and the Lebanese people. He expressed his feelings for the affected families and promised help for them. He called for solidarity and unity in Lebanon. He spoke of his conviction that Lebanon will be able to establish the causes of the explosions, to identify those who are responsible, and to hold them accountable. He insisted that this tragedy also gives opportunities for Lebanon. He spoke in positive terms of the international solidarity, which happens despite the US sanctions against Lebanon. Nasrallah finally clearly stated that all those who try to exploit this tragedy in order to attack Hezbollah, will fail.

China is another example of this mood. Since the Chinese people has stood up in 1949, China has learned to carefully analyze the own situation and to accept that not all problems come from outside.

Similarly, when you are against capitalism, it is notwithstanding wrong to blame capitalists for all economic problems. And governments in the Western countries are not always wrong and are not always corrupt. Moreover, you cannot blame the Western media for all your erroneous ideas – nor can I blame somebody else when my proper ideas turn out to be mistaken.

During the pandemic in the Western countries, the same type of questions arose. Who should be blamed, who can be made responsible? Attacking routinely the governments is rather defensive. Insisting during months on the question whether wearing a mask is a good thing, is a job for specialists, not for anti-hegemonic people. And all these claims that the whole pandemic is essentially a big manipulation, show a quite immature viewpoint.

I can only repeat: In order to build a post-Western (and post-Zionist) world, it is not enough to blame the West (and the Zionists). Own values and own concepts are required. If there are problems, one should look for opportunities.

Very probable, the difficulties inside the anti-hegemonic movement of the last months are temporary, they are not due to a reinforcement of the hegemonic camp. Remaining calm, solid, confident, and positive is an appropriate attitude.

Lebanese government resigns: ‘Corruption is stronger than the State’


Date: 10 August 2020

Author: lecridespeuples

Statement by Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab announcing the resignation of his government, August 10, 2020.

This technocratic government formed in January 2020 was the first ever in which Hezbollah’s strongest opponents didn’t hold positions.

Source: http://www.pcm.gov.lb/arabic/subpg.aspx?pageid=18047

Translation: resistancenews.org

Transcript:

We are still in the throes of the tragedy that struck Lebanon. This disaster that struck the Lebanese people to the core occurred as a result of chronic corruption in politics, administration and the State.

I said previously that the system of corruption is rooted in all articulations of the State, but I have found that the system of corruption is bigger than the State, and the State is constrained by this system and can’t face it or get rid of it.

One of the examples of this endemic corruption has exploded in the port of Beirut, and this calamity has struck Lebanon, but such examples of corruption are widespread in the political and administrative geography of the country, and the danger is very great that other hidden woes (still threaten the people), very present in many minds and stored in other warehouses, with the protection of the class which controls the fate of the country and threatens the lives of the people, falsifies the facts and lives off the sedition, trading in the blood of the Lebanese people as soon as the opportunity arises, depending on fluctuating interests, whims, calculations and allegiances.

Today, we are facing a great tragedy, and all the forces concerned with preserving the country and the interests of the people were supposed to cooperate to overcome this ordeal, by imposing on themselves silence for several days, mourning for the souls of the martyrs, respecting the pain of the bereaved, parents, siblings and orphans, striving to help people, heal their wounds, and provide them with housing, and helping those who have lost their livelihood.

The scale of the tragedy is too great to describe, but some live in another era. They are not interested in everything that has happened except to the extent that it can allow them to score political points, launch populist electoral speeches and demolish what remains of the State.

They should have been ashamed of themselves, for their corruption has produced this calamity hidden for seven years, and God knows how many calamities they hide under the cloak of their corruption.

But these people have the habit of changing their position according to the circumstances, to falsify the facts, when what is needed is to change them (get rid of them permanently), because they are the real tragedy of Lebanese people. Yes, they are the real tragedy of the Lebanese people.

They have changed and evolved a lot in the past, (to neutralize) every opportunity to get rid of their corruption.

They did not correctly interpret the Lebanese revolution of October 17, 2019. This revolution was against them, but they did not understand it well. They continued with their practices and calculations, believing they could dilute the Lebanese people’s demands for change, for a just and strong State, for an independent judiciary, to end corruption, waste and theft, and the policies that have emptied the State treasury, squandered the savings of the people and placed the country under enormous debt burdens, causing this financial, economic and social collapse.

But the greatest paradox is that a few weeks (only) after the formation of this government, they tried to make it bear the responsibility for their infamies, and to hold it responsible for the collapse, the waste and the public debt.

Really, they should die of shame.

This government has gone to great lengths to chart a road map to save the country.

Each minister in this government has given his maximum because we are concerned about the country, and we care about its future and that of our children.

We have no personal interests, and all that matters to us is saving the country. Because we have taken on this mission, we have suffered many attacks and false accusations. But we refused to let ourselves be drawn into futile polemics, because we wanted to work. Nevertheless, the enraged trumpets did not stop their attempts to falsify the facts, to protect themselves and cover up their crimes.

We carried the Lebanese demand for change. But between us and change lies a very thick and very thorny wall, protected by a class which resists by all dirty methods, in order to preserve its privileges, its positions and its ability to control the state.

We fought fiercely and with honor, but this battle could not be won. We were alone and they were united against us. They have used all their weapons, distorted the truths, falsified the facts, spread rumors, lied to people, committed all mortal and venial sins. They knew that we were a threat to them, and that the success of this government would mean real change in this class which has always reigned until the country was suffocated by the smells of its corruption.

Today we have come to this, with the earthquake that struck the country, with all its humanitarian, social, economic and national repercussions. Our first concern is to deal with these repercussions, along with a swift investigation that defines responsibility and does not let the disaster be forgotten over time.

Today we appeal to the people, to their demand that those responsible for this hidden disaster for seven years be held to account, to their genuine desire to move from a state of corruption, waste, bribes and thefts to a rule of law, justice and transparency. To a State that respects its children.

Faced with this reality, we are taking a step backwards, in order to stand alongside the people, to lead the battle for change with them. We want to open the door to a national salvation that the Lebanese will help shape.

Therefore, today I am announcing the resignation of this government.

May God protect Lebanon. May God protect Lebanon. May God protect Lebanon.

Long live the Lebanese people. Long live Lebanon.

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Hassan Nasrallah: our opponents have demonstrated their moral bankruptcy and lack of lucidity

Echoing extracts from the speech of Hezbollah Secretary General on August 7, 2020.

[…] In general, it is said that dignified peoples, who have a certain level of culture and ethics, a certain sense of responsibility and humanity, a sense of national interest, even when there are struggles and disputes among themselves, when a great national tragedy occurs, or a terrible event occurs, everyone temporarily freezes their struggles and disputes, as well as their personal calculations, to rise above all these (partisan) considerations, and to behave on a nobler ethical and human basis, and everyone helps each other to overcome this tragedy or this catastrophe. Once the crisis is over, things can resume their usual course. Things are like this (in general) all over the world.

Sometimes we have even seen that in the midst of war, when a tragic event such as a massacre occurs, the enemies conclude a truce, a ceasefire, even in the midst of war! It does happen and it is well known (even against Israel), but I will not waste time citing examples. But outside of war, within the same country, where there is a government, an opposition, rival political forces, when a catastrophe affects everyone, all regions, all families. What happened was not a tragedy that only targeted certain categories of the population, no. In general, in such situations (of national disaster), differences are temporarily put aside, and everyone helps and cooperates (even with their political opponents), and adopts more dignified language, with different sentiments, and different statements and political speeches. Likewise, the media behave differently, with humanity and ethics, each granting a respite (to their adversaries), if only for a few days, at least a few days (of truce)! I’m not talking about months or years, no, a few days, (one or) two weeks! To give people time to recover the remains of their martyrs, to heal their wounds, to visit the wounded, to assert the fate of the missing people, to put out the fires, to clear the debris, to find a way to relocate the displaced, etc. After that, we can reopen the accounts (and rekindle the rivalries), no problem.

But unfortunately what happened in Lebanon with this incident is that from the first hours of this tragedy and this cataclysm, and even from the first hour, not the first hours, when no one yet knew what was going on or had happened [our adversaries flooded the media with lies accusing Hezbollah of the explosion]. […] Even before anyone knew the answer to these questions, the Lebanese and Arab media, and certain political forces expressed through their official social networks, and even through some public statements by officials… These are not from obscure people running (Twitter or Facebook) accounts, but statements on television and in the media, made as soon as the explosion was known to the public, and while the fires in the port were not yet extinguished, and the destruction and amazement was the lot of all the Lebanese and the whole world. But these people spoke out in the media and announced their position before they knew anything. Their position was decided in advance: the cause of the explosion in hangar number so-and-so at the port of Beirut was a Hezbollah missile warehouse that exploded and caused this unprecedented terror and cataclysm. Or, they said it was stockpiles of Hezbollah ammunition, explosives, or weapons. The bottom line is that it must have belonged to Hezbollah, whether it was missiles, ammunition, explosives. […] Even before an investigation was launched, before anyone knew what happened, some media, some Lebanese and Arab TV channels, since the incident began and until now —they haven’t changed their tune— asserted that the hangar belonged to Hezbollah, that what exploded was Hezbollah missiles, Hezbollah explosives, Hezbollah nitrate, Hezbollah, Hezbollah, Hezbollah, Hezbollah… We heard nothing else from them, because there is no other (hypothesis) for them. It is a great crime committed against us. And their method has been to lie, lie, lie and lie and lie again, until people believe it. […]

I have seen yesterday and today that the majority of international media and journalists have abandoned the hypothesis (of a stockpile of Hezbollah weapons), except for a few voices in Lebanon and the Arab world. Thus, those who launched (this slander) are now all alone (to support it), because all the media and all the voices in the world are anxious to keep a minimum of credibility, even if they are our enemies engaged in a political war against us; but when it turns out that the accusation is clearly a lie as shiny as the sun at its zenith, they (have enough good sense to) back off and conjure up other possibilities.

Either way, investigations are ongoing, and the truths will emerge quickly, as this is not a question that will take time. I believe that the criminal, security, military and technical investigation will be able to quickly establish (with certainty) what was in the hangar, what was the nature of the explosives and how it was triggered, because at the technical level, this does not require much time, and the truths can be expected to come to light quickly.

When the truths come to light, I hope that the Lebanese public opinion, in all regions of Lebanon, because in our country there is a problem in terms of punishments and responsibilities, and in the name of freedom of opinion and expression, some (media and politicians) accuse, insult, abuse, oppress and lead the country to the brink of civil war, and (despite all this), ultimately, the Criminal Court imposes them a (mere) fine of 10 to 50 million Lebanese pounds (6,000 to 35,000 dollars), and it stops there. What I want to ask the Lebanese people is that they should themselves judge these media (and politicians) and condemn them. In what way? By ceasing to give them the least credit, the least importance, and by ceasing to consult them or to look at them. Because when we know that such media has no credibility, and that it is based on lies, manipulation and falsification, and that it participates in the battle that targets our country (to destroy it), then we must condemn them and turn our backs on them for good. And it is in my opinion the most important punishment (that can befall) these false and falsifying television stations which push to the civil war. This should not be taken lightly! This is not a (simple) political accusation. When somebody comes and tells hundreds of thousands of people that it is Hezbollah who is responsible for this carnage, all these deaths and injuries, all this destruction and all this displacement, what is it (if not pushing the country towards civil war)?

On the other hand, still concerning the political scene, on the other hand we saw the political instrumentalisation of the incident, and all those who had a problem with so and so reopened this problem (in this tragic context), whether it is the Lebanese National Pact, the government or other political forces, and of course those who have a problem with us. Today, I do not want to open an argument with anyone, and we are putting off (the settling of accounts) for later because we remain attached to avoid settling political or personal disputes, out of ethical, humanitarian and national considerations. This is the time for solidarity, compassion, mutual aid, to heal wounds, to clear debris, to determine the fate of the missing, to treat the wounded, to help people return home, which is a vital priority. The country needs this kind of attitude and calm for several days in order to overcome the crisis. Then we can talk politics and settle accounts. Our position will be firm. And as for certain analyzes which compare the current situation with previous experiences (assassination of Hariri in 2005, etc.) or build hopes (on capitalizing on this tragedy for political gains) like so many of their past illusions, (remember that) for a long time, some people (Hezbollah adversaries) chased after mirages, only to realize that they were all mirages, but I will talk about that later. At this point, I don’t want to get into these considerations, and I don’t want to attack anyone. I’ll put it off until later. The priority is compassion, cooperation and mutual aid, to overcome these days of pain, suffering and humanitarian crisis. Let’s put all the differences aside and get back to political (disputes) later.

My last point, which is most important, is investigation and retribution. A huge, terrible and dangerous event has happened. First, there must be an investigation. His Excellency the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister declared from the outset that there will be an impartial, resolute, firm, definitive and strong investigation, and that whoever will be identified as having a responsibility in this incident, by his actions or by negligence, corruption or insufficiency, will be held to account, whoever he is, big or small. Very well. It’s a good start. The Lebanese are now asking for action and effort (in this direction). I consider that faced with the shock of the event, there is national, popular and governmental unanimity, of all political parties and all deputies, etc., demanding that an exhaustive, frank, transparent, precise, fair and impartial investigation be carried out on this event, and that whoever bears any share of responsibility be judged and condemned in the most severe and exemplary manner —a fair punishment, of course (not a lynching). We are also among the voices that demand this loud and clear. We must not allow anyone to be covered or protected during the investigation, and truths to be withheld about anyone. It is not tolerable that the investigation and then the trial should be done in the “Lebanese fashion”, that is to say in this well-known way where one takes into account religious and sectarian calculations and balances. Anyone who was inadequate or negligent, instigated (this event) or engaged in corruption, has no religion or sect, as is the case with collaborators (of the Israeli enemy). They should be judged on the basis of what they have done, not on the basis of their sectarian, religious or political affiliation. Neither the investigation nor the trial should be conducted on a sectarian basis (requiring a precise ratio of Sunnis, Shiites or Christians). Whoever is in charge, whether they belong to several sects or are all from the same sect, whatever their political affiliation and group, whatever their family clan, truth and justice must prevail and determine the position, the investigation and the punishment. […]

In this regard, I would also like to add something very important. Just as the event is exceptional, today the attitude of the Lebanese State towards this event will be in our eyes decisive and fateful. This will determine the future of Lebanon. In what way? Today it is not about the President of the Republic, the National Pact or the government (which can come and go at the whim of elections and crises). It is about (the safeguard of) the Lebanese State, (which will depend) on the way in which the authorities will behave in this regard, be it the judicial body, the army, the security services, and even the Chamber of Deputies. It is about (the sustainability) of the (Lebanese) State and its institutions. Everyone has some responsibility for the trial and the punishment. The way to act in the face of such a catastrophe, which has affected all sects, all neighborhoods and all regions, and must in no way be tinged with sectarianism, religion or politicization, a national and humanitarian tragedy par excellence, the way State institutions will behave about it, as well as political leaders and the various political forces in the country, will have a fateful consequence for the whole country. What will this fateful consequence be? How this tragedy is dealt with will determine in the eyes of the Lebanese people —and in my eyes the verdict will be irrevocable— whether there is a (genuine) State in Lebanon or not. The second question (which will find an irrevocable answer) is about the hope of building a State (in Lebanon). Because I tell you quite frankly: if the Lebanese State and the Lebanese political forces —whether in power or in the opposition—, in such a case and such a cause, do not achieve a result in the investigation, and fail to punish (all those responsible), it means that the Lebanese people, political forces, State institutions (are bankrupt), and that there is no hope to build an (authentic) State. I don’t want anybody to despair, but I accurately describe the reality.

But we must (all) work so that this despair does not happen, in order to confirm, create and sow hope (to see a real State) among the Lebanese. Today, all the calls to fight against corruption that may have denounced a biased judge, a cowardly judge, a force that buried court files for such or such consideration, (are eclipsed by the magnitude of this case). We have to see a heavy punishment, because even if the investigation reveals that it was an intentional act or an aerial bombardment, the fact that this nitrate was stored in this way for 6 or 7 years clearly implies that there was a (criminal) negligence, inadequacy and corruption on the part of judges. This is where the war on corruption must (be a priority)! If in this case all those who call for a war on corruption, and we are part of it, if we are unable to do anything (to identify and punish all the culprits), it means that we are unable to do anything (forever). Game over. We will frankly declare to the Lebanese people that it is impossible to fight corruption, to fight neglect and insufficiency, and we will say, “O Lebanese people, you have no State and there is no hope of building an (authentic) State, so it’s up to you to see what you can do with yourselves”. To me, such is the magnitude of the question. So that people do not say later that it was a tragedy (without culprits) and forget about the matter, we make it clear that as far as we are concerned, it is impossible to forget this disaster, to move on and to allow let it be neglected. The whole truth must be revealed about this tragedy, and those responsible must be tried without any protection, whether political, sectarian or partisan. If that doesn’t happen, yes, I will consider that there is a crisis of the regime, a crisis of the State, maybe even a crisis of the (Lebanese) entity, some will be entitled to go this far. And some people try to ignore it, one way or another.

Therefore, I call on State officials, at all levels and in all authorities, to show the utmost seriousness and determination, whether to complete the investigation or to judge and blame, and chastise all those responsible for this tragedy. This is required so that the leaders and the political forces can give hope to the Lebanese people that there are authorities, a State and institutions, or at least that there is hope that a State be erected on the basis of truth, justice, transparency and the protection of the Lebanese, because sometimes the consequences of corruption, negligence and incompetence accumulate and become apparent after several years, and can be destructive, like what happened in this terrible event where in seconds, in a matter of seconds, tens of people were killed or missing, thousands were injured, hundreds of thousands of families were affected and had to leave their homes… And some people say that God prevented an even greater tragedy, and that if this hangar had not been so close to the sea, and without such and such peculiarities of the site, if this same amount of nitrate had exploded in a different geographic configuration, perhaps the whole city (of Beirut) would have been destroyed. All this in an instant, in a matter of seconds, because of corruption, neglect and incompetence, and no one should say it is simply because of the intricacies of the bureaucracy. Never. We are talking about stocks that could completely destroy the capital and certain suburbs (in an instant). The blame cannot be blamed on the intricacies of bureaucracy. […]

I declare to all those who, from the first moment, launched a campaign against us, against the Resistance and against the Axis of Resistance, trying to take advantage of this tragedy, you will get nowhere, and I tell you that frankly and sincerely. I also declare to the masses (who support) the Resistance, and some of whom are perhaps worried, scared, wonder what is the (underlying) atmosphere, if this is a big regional or international plot , (I reassure them by reminding them) that the regional situation is very different (from what it was before), as is the international situation (much more favorable to us than ever). We are very different from what we were, and so is the (Axis of) the Resistance (we are stronger than ever), so there is really nothing to worry about (for us). These people (our adversaries) run after mirages, as they have always run after mirages. All of their choices have always been doomed to failure and defeat.

And I say this to our adversaries: just as you have been disappointed and defeated (in all your past undertakings: Special Tribunal for Lebanon, 2006 war, war in Syria, etc.), you will once again be disappointed and defeated. You will not achieve anything. This Resistance, by its credibility, its sincerity, by the confidence of the Lebanese people in it, by its (victorious) battles, by its positions, by its attitude and its behavior, and by its strength, its place in the country and in the region, is too large, too strong and too noble for it to be tainted by (the slanders) of certain oppressors, liars and falsifiers of the truth, who (constantly) incite sectarian rivalry, and who encourage civil war. They have always worked at this and have always failed, and they will fail again. […]

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هدنة غربيّة وبعض الداخل اللبنانيّ مذعور

د.وفيق إبراهيم

ميزة النفوذ الغربي ـ الأميركي أنه يستعمل كل إمكاناته الضخمة والمتنوعة لترسيخ سيطرته على العالم. فلا يوفر الحروب والقتل والاغتيالات والانقلابات والحصار الاقتصادي وتعميم الجوع والقنابل الضخمة والنووية والتفجير والطوائف والقبائل والجهات.

لكنه عندما يستهلك آلياته الشديدة التنوّع والفتك يبحث عن تسويات ومهادنات تحفظ له شيئاً من سيطرته، حتى يتمكّن من إعادة بناء توازنات جديدة قد تعيد له ما فقده.

من جهة القوى السياسية في لبنان فإنها وباستثناء نموذج حزب الله المختلف عنها الى حدود التناقض، تعمل منذ تأسيس لبنان الكبير على قاعدة تنفيذ المشاريع الخارجية مقابل حشرها في مواقع السلطة الداخلية.

لم يتغيّر هذا المشهد التاريخيّ منذ زمن القناصل وحتى مرحلة السيطرة الأميركية الاحادية على العالم، تكفي هنا العودة الى سجلات القناصل الفرنسيين والانجليز والبروسيين والروس وذكريات المستعمرين العثمانيين حتى ينكشف التماثل الكامل مع الوضع الحالي.

وكما كانت تلك القوى الداخلية لا تملك قدرات تغيير في المشهد السياسي في تلك المرحلة، لا شعبياً ولا عسكرياً، فكانت تؤدي أدوار بيادق في خدمة الصراعات الدولية والإقليمية التي كانت مندلعة آنذاك، فإن القوى الحالية نسخة عنها بلباس القرن الحادي والعشرين.

أليس هذا ما يحدث اليوم مع استثناء بنيوي وحيد هو حزب الله الذي يشذ عن قاعدة «البيدق الأجير» بانياً مقاومة تنتصر في معادلة موازين قوى صعبة للغاية وضع في وجهها جهاديّته التاريخية.

فما الفارق بين جعجع وجنبلاط والحريري والجميل والكهنوت الدينيّ وشمعون وبين قوى الطوائف منذ قرنين.. هي نفسها تحمل مفهوم الاستزلام للغرب المتنوّع لتنفيذ مشاريعه ونيل مكافآت كما الأطفال، بعض الحلوى المسروقة من الدولة.

هذا ما يجري في لبنان حالياً مع اختلاف التوازنات الداخلية والإقليمية، فهناك قوى عربية منصاعة للنفوذ الأميركي ترشوه بمليارات الدولارات ليواصل حمايتها، الى جانب التقليد اللبناني المتنوع والطائفي الذي يناشد الغرب الفرنسي والأميركي لاحتلال لبنان وإنقاذه مما يدعوه «هيمنة حزب الله».

هذا الشعار يفضح بسرعة أصحابه، لأن حزب الله «لبناني ولديه قاعدة شعبية تشمل لبنان»، وهذا يعني ان لبنانيين يطلبون من قوى أجنبية تحطيم لبنانيين آخرين.

أما على مستوى المشروع، فيكفي أن حزب الله أخرج القوات المتعدّدة الجنسية من لبنان في 1983 محارباً الاحتلال الاسرائيلي حتى طرده من الجنوب في العام 2000 وردعه في 2006.. مقاتلاً الإرهاب في سورية منذ 2013 بشراسة المدافع عن بلاده ووطنه، ودحره في جرود عرسال اللبنانية في الشرق.

كانت الاشارة الى هذا التاريخ الجهادي ضرورية للمقارنة مع قوى لبنانية تطالب الغرب بتجريده من سلاحه.. فمن يستفيد من هذه الخدمة بالمباشر هما «إسرائيل» والإرهاب؟ وعالمياً هو النفوذ الأميركي الغربي الذي أحدث حزب الله ثقوباً واسعة في سيطرته الإقليمية، من اليمن الى لبنان فالعراق وسورية ناشراً فكرة ان النفوذ الأميركي قابل للهزيمة وأن «إسرائيل» قابلة للكسر، على الرغم من أنها هزمت الدول العربية منذ 1984 وحتى اليوم.

يتّضح بالاستنتاج أن هذه القوى تتبنى المشروع الغربي الذي يؤكد أن حزب الله هو المعوّق الأساس لنفوذ في الشرق ويشكل تهديداً كبيراً لهيمنته على العالم الإسلامي، وذلك عبر نظرية التقليد، فالكثير من القوى في الشرق الأوسط تميل الى تقليد حزب الله في مجابهة الأميركيين والإسرائيليين، خصوصاً بعد انتصاره في أكثر من نزال لبناني وخارجي.

لذلك فإن هذه القوى الداخلية فقدت لبنانيّتها لأنها تهاجم حزباً يواصل الدفاع عن لبنان منذ 38 سنة على الاقل، مقابل أن هذه القوى تتعامل مع الكيان الاسرائيلي منذ 45 عاماً على الأقل، وقادة بعض فئاتها استقبلت قائد جيش الاحتلال ووزير دفاعه شارون في قصورها، فيما نسق البعض الآخر في لبنان مع الاحتلال الاسرائيلي منذ 1982.

ليس غريباً على هذه القوى أن تكون أداة داخلية للمشروع الغربي ـ الاسرائيلي الدائم بالإمساك بلبنان وخنقه.

هناك تغيير ما أحدث تغييراً في المشهد اللبناني الرتيب، يتعلق بانتصار حزب الله مع تحالفاته ووصول المشروع الأميركي الى حائط مسدود، وهذا يتطلب في لغة الدول البراغماتية التنقيب عن هدنة ضرورية للمحافظة على ما تبقى.

ضمن هذه المعادلة، يستعمل الأميركيون قواهم اللبنانية لتحسين موقعهم في الهدنة، وهذا ما لا يفهمه لبنانيوها الذي يعتقدون أن الهجوم الأميركي مستمر. وهذا يكشف ان الأميركيين يوهمون آلياتهم اللبنانية، انهم يريدون تكسير حزب الله.. والضحايا هم بالطبع جعجع والكتائب وبعض الكهنوت الديني والحريري، ويبتهل جنبلاط لكنه اصبح خبيراً بالتلاعب الأميركي فيضع كعادته رجل ولده تيمور في الفلاحة ورأس رجله مروان حمادة في البور، مطلقاً هجمات على الفاسدين علماً أنه لا يزال ينال حصة على كل استهلاك للبنزين والغاز والمازوت، فيما يتقاضى الحريري من شركائه نصف المبالغ الرسمية المخصصة للباخرتين التركيتين اللتين تنيران لبنان بالكهرباء.

هناك إذاً خدعة أميركية يصدقها جعجع – جنبلاط – الحريري في حين أن تحركاتهم الفوضوية في شوارع بيروت يستعملها الأميركيون والاوروبيون للإبقاء على نفوذهم في لبنان ومنعه من الرحيل نحو الصين وروسيا والعراق وإيران وبلدان اخرى على رأسها سورية التي لا يمكن للبنان الاستغناء عنها.

بذلك يتضح أن هذه القوى اللبنانية تدفع بالبلاد نحو حرب اهلية وبحماقة تاريخية تسألهم اذا كان الأميركيون والإرهاب فشلا في إلحاق هزيمة بحزب الله، فهل تستطيعون انتم بامكاناتكم التلفزيونية والطائفية؟ واذا كانت «اسرائيل» مذعورة من حزب الله فهل انتم اقوى منها؟

وهذا يوضح ان هذه القوى لا تهتم بمصلحة بلدها بل بالسيطرة على الدولة للاستمرار في مفاسدها وسقوطها التاريخي مقابل تقديم البلاد هدية للنفوذ الأميركي الخليجي الاسرائيلي.

للتوضيح، فإن هذه القوى تعتقد أن بإمكانها الفرار للاحتماء بطوائفها عند الهزيمة، وهناك مَن يجيبها بأن لبنان بأسره لن يسمح لها مجدداً بالاحتماء بأسوار الدين المسيّس، وقد تصبح عبرة لكل المتعاملين مع الغرب في الشرق الأوسط.

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لن يتوقف الفجور أبداً، والكذب ملح الفاجرين. لا يهمهم شيء غير الصورة التي يعتقدون أن القوة تبقي عليها حية. هكذا هي حال سياسيين واعلاميين ورجال مال وأعمال عندنا. أما الناس العاديون، فعليهم تحمل تبعات أفعالهم. وكما يدفعون، منذ عقود، ثمن مبايعة هذه القيادات، عليهم تحمل تبعة مبايعة هذا الجنس من المعارضين. لا مبرر لغاضب أو متعب أو جائع عندما لا يجيد التمييز بين النصّابين، وعندما لا يريد لعقله أن يعمل للحظة واحدة. وكل كلام آخر، هو مساهمة في حفلة الدجل القائمة التي لا مؤشرات على أنها ستقف عند حدّ.

سامي الجميّل يستقيل، وكذلك ابن عمه نديم، وقبلهما مروان حمادة، وبعدهما ميشال معوض، وآخرون من بقايا الفولكلور الديموقراطي. هل لنا أن نسأل عمّا فعله هؤلاء وعائلاتهم منذ ولدنا جميعاً؟ هل من استقالوا من المجلس النيابي قرروا أنهم غير مناسبين للعمل العام أم ماذا؟ هل سيترشحون في أي انتخابات مقبلة؟ هل تعني استقالاتهم أنهم فشلوا في مهمتهم وعليهم المغادرة، أم أنهم يقولون لنا إن السلطة لم تناسبهم فقرروا استخدام تفويض الشعب، ولكن في الشارع.

هل فكّر أبناء عائلة الجميّل مرة في حجم الاموال العامة التي ينفقها اللبنانيون عليهم: رواتب رؤساء ووزراء ونواب حاليين ومتقاعدين؟ مصاريف خاصة معلنة وسرية؟ مشاريع ومزاريب وتوظيفات وإقطاع بشع؟ وبين كل هذه الأجيال، تجارب ومدارس في الدونية أمام أي خارج يحمي مصالحهم، من ياسر عرفات الى حافظ الاسد وصدام حسين وأمراء الخليج… الى كل جوقة الغرب القريب أو البعيد. وبعدها، يخرج من بينهم من يحدّثنا عن ثورة وتغيير!
ميشال معوض: هل تعتقد أن تجربتك في غينيا منحتك الخبرة لتجرب الانقلاب في لبنان أيضاً؟ أم ان تجربة جمع التبرعات عام 2006 منحتك الإلهام لجمع مزيد من التبرعات، لكن بأرقام أكبر، لأن انفجار المرفأ «حصل في مناطقنا»… كيف تشرح لنا سبب انضمامك الى تحالف جبران باسيل يوم التصويت وسبب تخليك عن هذا التحالف اليوم؟ وهل يمكن لك أن تتجاوز زوايا زغرتا قليلاً أم أصابك أيضاً وباء الرئاسة الذي يصيب كثيرين اليوم، من بينهم ناصيف حتي ودميانوس قطار وغيرهما؟ هل همس لكم أحد بأن أوان الانتخابات الرئاسية قد حان، وأن فرصتكم تكبر إن انتقلتم الى مواقع أخرى؟ وهل تعتقدون، فعلاً، أنكم صرتم في موقع الناس المقهورين، أم أن بعض التصفيق يعمي أبصاركم؟

ميشال المر الصغير قرر قيادة ثورة المقهورين والجياع. تخيّلوا أن من يرفع هذا الشعار هو الرجل الذي لم يتخلّ يوماً عن عنصريته وكراهيته لكل آخر. الرجل الذي يعتقد أن بمقدوره بناء كوكب مستقل قرب صنين، ويحق له سرقة المال العام من إنترنت، ومن قروض مصرف تملكه الدولة (بنك التمويل) ولا يسدده، قبل أن يخرج رياض سلامة، الملاك الرحيم، لإعادة تنظيم الأمور، فتنتهي المحطة مملوكة فعلياً لسلامة وجوقة المصارف، فيما أنت موظف صغير فيها، تكتفي ببعض المزايا مثل مراقبة الصبايا العاملات في المحطة… أما قرار منع السياسيين من الظهور على شاشتك، فهو حازم وصارم الى حدّ أن أحداً لن يجبرك على أي استثناء، لكن ما الذي تفعله، يا مسكين، إن قرر جهاز الإرسال، لوحده، أن يخالف قرارك عندما التقطت عدسة الكاميرا صورة الحكيم المنقذ في ساحة ساسين!
الحفل لا يكتمل من دون بقايا مرتزقة السعودية، التي لم تتحمل مجلة «نيوزويك» قدرتها على التضليل، فاضطرت الى كشف أن الذباب الإلكتروني للدب الداشر يقود معركة توجيه غضب الناس ضد حزب الله. وهو ما يفعله رائد التقدم في المنطقة العربية، محمد بن زايد، الذي لم يكتف بسرقة أموال شقيقه الأكبر، رئيس الدولة، كما يسرق نفط جنوب اليمن وغازه، بل سارع الى إنفاقها حيث يعتقد أن بمقدوره قيادة العرب الى العصر الحديث، عصر السجون السرية والقتل العشوائي والصمت الكامل. لكن الناس عندنا يحبونه، هكذا تقول 14 آذار وناشطو المجتمع المدني الذين ينبهرون، يوماً بعد يوم، برواد الحرية والازدهار في الإمارات العربية المسلوبة من عائلة قراصنة وقطاع طرق.
وماذا نفعل، أيضاً، مع ديناصور من وزن وليد جنبلاط. يطالب عبر قناة «الحرة» الأميركية بـ«تعليق المشانق لوزراء الحكومة الحالية». يا الله، كيف لهذا الرجل أن يتحدث بعد؟ وأي وزارة صحة يمكن أن تعلن خطره على السلامة العامة؟ كيف لنا أن نحل لغز هذا الرجل الذي يريد أن يضمن حكم أحفاد نجله الى ما بعد مئة عام؟ كيف لنا ذلك، ونحن لا نعرف كيف يصحو وكيف ينام ومن يعاشر وماذا يقرأ وأي علاج ينفع في إقناعه بأن المكابرة داء يمكن التخلص منه، وأن فرك العينين قليلاً، سيتيح له رؤية المشهد على حقيقته: حيث لا متصرفية جبل لبنان بقيت، وحيث اتفاق الطائف يترنح بقوة. والأهم، أن طبيعة النموذج الاقتصادي الذي كان يموّل هذه السلطات المتعاقبة ضمن نظام طائفي بنسختي الميثاق والوثيقة قد سقط أيضاً. من يمكنه إقناع جنبلاط بأن أفضل ما يمكن أن يقوم به، اليوم، هو إعفاء الدروز من معمودية نار جديدة مع أولاده، وأن يوزع على فقراء الجبل أملاكه، ويترك لهم تدبر أمورهم ضمن انخراط في إطار مدني عام… وكفى الله المؤمنين شر القتال!

الوهم والحديث عن التقسيم والفدرالية والكونفدرالية عادا ليسيطرا على قيادات فعّالة في الوسط المسيحي


وفي زاوية أخرى من المشهد، أشد قساوة، تكمن الخطورة الكبرى. حيث الوهم عاد ليسيطر على قيادات فعالة في الوسط المسيحي. وحيث الحديث عن التقسيم والفدرالية والكونفدرالية كبير، وحيث هناك محاولة جدية لتعميمه على الناس البسطاء على قاعدة «ما لنا لنا وما لهم لهم… لسنا مثلهم لنعيش معهم». هذا كلام حقيقي يقال اليوم، وكل محاولة لنفيه أو الإلقاء به على هامش النقاش كلام غير حقيقي. وزير مثّل «القوات اللبنانية» في الحكومة السابقة قال أمام سفير أوروبي: ينقصنا المطار والسهل الزراعي، وإلا لكنا استقلّينا وانتهى الأمر. هذا كلام يتردّد بين مطارنة وفي أديرة ومجالس بلدية وأهلية، ويتسرب على شكل تعليقات ونكات على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي. وهو يُردّد أمام غربيين يسألون عن الحل الأفضل. لكنه لا يعبّر عن وهم فقط، بل عن جنوح نحو عزلة غير مسبوقة، تقود الى انتحار جماعي لا أقل ولا أكثر. وهي نزعة ليست من اختراع الخارج، ولا نتيجة تحريض هذه الدولة أو تلك. هي نزعة موجودة في عقول قيادات لم تتعلم من التاريخ شيئاً، ولم تستفد من كل التجارب، وتفكر بطريقة لا ينفع معها كل تنبيه. كاد مانويل ماكرون يبح صوته وهو يقول لبعض هؤلاء: «أنا رئيس فرنسا، ولا تتحدثوا معي كأنني مالك السحر.. افهموا أنه يجب أن تتحاوروا مع الآخرين وتجدوا الصيغة للعيش معاً». لكن ماكرون الذي تملك بلاده معرفة واسعة بهؤلاء، يتصرف اليوم على أنه الوصي عليهم، وهو سيتصرف هكذا في ظل قراءة بلاده لتطورات تحدث انهياراً سياسياً واسعاً في الشارع المسيحي، وخشية من «تولّي مسيحيين أصوليين ومتطرفين الأمر»، على حدّ تعبير نافذين في إدارته.

المتظاهرون الغاضبون في الشارع يعبّرون عن سياق يخص كتلة سياسية فئوية في لبنان. ومع الأسف، وإن كان البعض سيفسر هذا الكلام بخلفيات مقيتة، إلا أن أمانة التوصيف تشير الى أن أفكار الجبهة اللبنانية البائدة هي المسيطرة على عقل غالبية من يدير الشارع. والمتوهمون من «المجتمع المدني» ليسوا سوى أدوات وبيادق لا قدرة لها على إدارة صنع القرار. وها نحن نقترب من لحظة الفراغ القاتلة، وأكثر ما يمكن للعالم أن يفعله، هو تكليف فرنسا بإدارة حوار لبناني – لبناني، في بيروت أو في باريس. حوار لا يستهدف تغيير السلطة، بل تغيير النظام… وما دونه فوضى ستجبّ كل ما قبلها!

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CHAOS IN LEBANON MARKED START OF NEW ROUND OF ISRAELI-IRANIAN STANDOFF

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The explosion in the port of Beirut in early August that caused thousands of casualties became a trigger point for the further development of the already existing crisis in Lebanon.

In the following week days after the August 4 explosion, a series of large-scale protests took place in Beirut. Protesters clashed with police, hung cardboard figures of Lebanese politicians, like President Michel Aoun and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, and stormed government buildings, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Economy, the Ministry of the Environment, the Association of Banks and the Ministry of Energy and Water. As of August 10, a few dozen people have already been injured and protests continue.

A number of Lebanese politicians, who are known to be close to the West, announced their resignation from the country’s Parliament. The Lebanese Minister of Information, Manal Abdel Samad, also resigned along with the Environment Minister Damianus Qitar. According to the Lebanese media, a number of other ministers are planning to announce their resignation soon. The Lebanese government is about to end its existence in its current form.

The protests received wide coverage in Israeli media, which painted the crisis as a ‘popular resistance’ against Hezbollah and political parties that cooperate with it. Various pro-Israeli sources actively speculate that the entire tragedy was likely caused due to the ‘destructive Hezbollah actions’ if not a Hezbollah weapon depot explosion. The Hezbollah political wing is an official political party in Lebanon and its Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc has 13 seats. The movement itself through its social, economic and security programs has strong popular support across the country. Slogans and chants known to be allies of the U.S. expectedly received less coverage.

The deepening crisis in Lebanon also caused a notable reaction on the international level, in particular with the United States and France actively offering their assistance. US President Donald Trump, who already declared that the explosion may have been an attack, was especially active in calling about the need to find the party behind the Beirut explosions. Taking into account the general course of the Trump administration aimed at the confrontation with the Iranian-led bloc in the Middle East and its unconditional support to Israel, it’s easy to suggest whom the White House will find guilty in the crisis.

At the same time, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) continued their military buildup on the contact line with southern Lebanon and in the occupied area of Syria’s Golan Heights. On August 9, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, Chief of the General Staff of the IDF, came with new accusations against Iran claiming that the shelling of Israeli forces on the separation line with the Syrians was linked with Iran. In his speech, Lt. Gen. Kochavi set the Israeli goals in what he called the “battle between wars” as follows:

  1. The Iranian nuclear program.
  2. Preventing the “radical axis” [Iran and its allies] from establishing a presence in Syria.
  3. Denying Israel’s enemies on all fronts, especially in the north, from obtaining precision-guided missiles and munitions.

IDF troops in northern Israel have been on a high alert since July 20, when a series of Israeli strikes on the Syrian capital, Damascus, killed a fighter of Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

In fact, the Beirut port explosions became a gift for the Israeli political leadership and its supporters giving them a chance to use the crisis to achieve their goals in Lebanon. The observed diplomatic and media activity demonstrates that Tel Aviv and Washington have already started a campaign to undermine positions of Hezbollah, at least on the political level, and fuel tensions between supporters of the group and the relatively pro-Western part of the population. Clandestine actions to fuel chaos in Lebanon are likely to follow.

The main problem of this approach is that in the case of success, it may lead to a new cycle of violence and civilian casualties in Lebanon, first of all in Beirut and may even trigger the resumption of clashes on the Lebanese-Israeli contact line. Nonetheless, this is the price that the pro-Israel bloc is ready to pay to achieve its political goals and deny the Lebanese the ability to protect its national sovereignty from foreign actors in any foreseeable future.

أيام الاسئلة الكبرى؟

إبراهيم الأمين : المرحلة الثانية من الأزمة – مجلة وفاء WB

سياسة 

ابراهيم الأمين الإثنين 10 آب 2020

استقالة حكومة او هزيمة سلطة او سقوط للنظام. ما جرى ويجري، منذ انفجار الرابع من آب، يقود الى الاسئلة الكبرى امام الناس جميعاً، مواطنين ومسؤولين… ومتآمرين ايضاً. وهي اسئلة تخص الخارج المهتم بخلاص لبنان، او ذاك الباحث عن فرصة لتدميره نهائياً.

وقع حسان دياب تحت الضغط الكلي. مشكلته لم تكن محصورة بالقوى المعارضة لوجوده في السراي، بل في حلفائه ايضاً. وهو وجد، من تلقاء نفسه، ان اقتراح الانتخابات المبكرة قد يمثل مدخلا لهدوء يقود الى حل. نسي الرجل ان قواعد اللعبة ليست للشارع كما يظن المتوهّمون، بل لمن لا يزال بيده الامر. فكان القرار باطاحته مشتركاً: الرئيس ميشال عون الذي تعني له الانتخابات النيابية نزعاً للشرعية عنه. جبران باسيل الذين تعني الانتخابات المبكرة تشليحه نصف كتلته النيابية. سعد الحريري الذي لا يطيق الجلوس في البيت والخائف من ان تصبح كتلته بضعة نواب على شاكلة ديما الجمالي. وليد جنبلاط الذي يخشى على مصير زعامته..وفوق كل هؤلاء، الرئيس نبيه بري الذي لم يكن اصلا من المرحّبين بحكومة دياب. وكان ولا يزال يفضل الحريري على جميع الاخرين، والهارب ايضاً من ضائقة شعبية لا يمكن لحزب الله ان يعالجها كل الوقت… كل هؤلاء، معطوفين على الجهد المتواصل من الاميركيين وحلفائهم السعوديين والاسرائيليين، ومنظماتهم غير الحكومية في لبنان، انتج الجدار المرتفع الذي يعطل كل شيء. فكانت النتيجة القرار المبدئي باستقالة الحكومة. سيكون بوسع حسان دياب ان يستقيل بدل ان تتم اقالته في المجلس النيابي، وهو الذي رفض فكرة استدعائه لتحميله مسؤولية جريمة ارتكبها كل خصومه من داخل الحكومة وخارجها خلال السنوات الماضية. ومعه وزراء هم اليوم في حالتهم الطبيعية، عراة من كل شيء، لا قوة لهم ولا ثمن. من أتى بهم يبيعهم على مفترق طرق. يجري كل ذلك، وسط حال من الجنون تسود الشارع ومعه الاعلام الفاجر المنتشر على كل الشاشات والمنابر.

لكن الى اين من بعد هذه الهزة؟

الطبقة السياسية تريد تنفيذ توصية الرئيس الفرنسي ايمانويل ماكرون بتشكيل حكومة وحدة وطنية. يعتقدون انه في حال استقالة حكومة دياب، سيُدعون الى استشارات نيابية تسمّي الحريري بطلاً منقذاً، على ان يجري منحه فرصة تشكيل حكومة تضم ممثلين عن كل القوى السياسية من دون أقطابها، وان يصار بعدها الى وضع برنامج عمل هدفه تهدئة الوضع في انتظار القرار الدولي.

لكن من يفكرون بهذه الطريقة، هل يملكون الاجابة عن الاسئلة المحرّمة، ومنها:

– ماذا يعني الفشل في تشكيل حكومة سريعاً؟ هل يصبح الجيش المكلف بقرار ادارة العاصمة الكبرى في ظل حالة طوارئ الحاكم الفعلي للبلاد؟ وهل الجيش قادر على هذه المهمة وهو الذي فشل في ادارة شوارع مثلومة الاسبوع الماضي؟ وهل لدى قيادته وهم بأن سلطة الامر الواقع تتيح له تشكيل حكومة واجراء انتخابات والاتيان بقائد الجيش رئيسا للجمهورية؟

– من سيكون المسؤول عن البلاد بعد ثمانية ايام، عند صدور قرار المحكمة الدولية الخاصة بجريمة اغتيال رفيق الحريري؟ من سيتسوعب الصدمة ومن يمكنه ضبط الشارع الذي سيتصرف على انه اسقط الحكومة وعليه اسقاط المجلس النيابي ورئيس الجمهورية ايضا؟ وكيف سيكون الوضع لو ان الشارع ضم الى مهامه ايضاً مهمة تنفيذ حكم المحكمة الدولية؟

– فرنسا التي قادت مؤتمراً لتحصيل مساعدات تقرر حصرها بنتائج الانفجار، تقول انها جمعت نحو ربع مليار يورو. لكنها – كما الولايات المتحدة – تريد ان تشرف الامم المتحدة على انفاقها. وهي تريد ذلك في ظل وجود الحكومة، فكيف اذا صارت البلاد من دون حكومة. وبالتالي، فان الامم المتحدة، وكر الفساد الاول في عالم المساعدات، ستتولّى تشكيل «حكومة ظل» قوامها مرتزقة المنظمات غير الحكومية ليتولّوا الاشراف على صرف المساعدات، وبالتالي الدخول الى الادارة العامة، وتخيلوا ما بعد ذلك.

– اذا كان اسقاط حكومة حسان دياب هدفاً بذاته، فان الفرق اللبنانية لديها اهدافها الاخرى. والمرجح ان الساعين الى رئاسة الجمهورية سيدعمون تنشيط المعارضة لاسقاط المجلس النيابي، وهم يعتقدون بأن انتخابات جديدة تحت اشراف دولي ستتيح تغييرا واسعا في تركيبة المجلس النيابي، وسيجدون العلاج لملف الرئاسة واطاحة الرئيس عون من بعبدا. وهؤلاء، سيفتحون بازار المفاوضات مع كل شياطين الارض لتحقيق الحلم بالوصول الى الرئاسة. وعندها سنقترب من الملفات الحساسة.

– العالم الخارجي الذي «حزن» بعد انفجار المرفأ، قرر صرف مساعدات موضعية. لكن قرار فك الحصار عن لبنان لم يحصل بعد. وبالتالي فان هذا العالم لديه مطالب غير تلك التي تهم الجياع والمطالبين بحسن التمثيل. هدفه واحد ومحصور في ضرب المقاومة. وهذا العالم، سيعتقد انه بمقدوره الضغط اكثر على اللبنانيين بغية ممارسة ضغط جانبي على المقاومة لاجبارها على الاتيان الى طاولة لتفاوض على سلاحه ولو بالتقسيط، هل يعتقد هؤلاء ان مصير المقاومة يعالج كأننا نصنع العجة؟

– حسناً، اذا كان الهدف اسقاط السلطة لانها لم تعد قادرة على القيام بمهمات تلبي حاجات الناس، فهل يحاول هؤلاء الهروب من استحقاق تغيير وجه النظام القائم وقلبه، سياسيا واقتصاديا واداريا. من يرد تعديل قواعد اللعبة، عليه ان يعرف ان المطلوب فعلياً ليس تغيير الحكومة، بل تغيير النظام، وهذا يعني الآن امراً واحداً: رصاصة الرحمة على اتفاق الطائف.

– اذا كانت فرنسا حصلت على تفويض ولو جزئي من العالم لادارة الازمة اللبنانية. واذا كان خيار تغيير النظام هو الاساس. فان الطاولة المستديرة التي جمع الرئيس الفرنسي اقطاب البلاد حولها، سيُعاد تشكيلها بغية ادارة حوار يستهدف عنوانا جديدا، وهو الاتفاق على نظام جديد في البلاد، ما يعني ان ثمن الانهيار القائم اليوم، هو المباشرة بالعمل على مؤتمر تأسيسي جديد لتشكيل سلطات جديدة، نيابية وحكومية وادارية وعسكرية وخلافه. واذا كانت سوريا منهكة بدمارها، والسعودية غير مؤهلة لادارة شؤونها، واميركا كما بقية العالم تشكل طرفا في الازمة، فهل توكل الى فرنسا مهمة ادارة حوار لبناني – لبناني للاتفاق على نظام سياسي جديد. وفي هذه الحال، هل يعلم الناس ان فرنسا ستتحدث باسم المسيحيين، اما المسلمون فسيواصلون انقساماتهم من دون التوصل الى قواسم مشتركة… وعندها سنكون امام لوحة فوضى مكتملة.

– سيحصل كل ذلك، والبلاد تسجل مزيداً من الانهيار الاقتصادي والمالي. فهل سيعود رياض سلامة حاكما لكل الادارات وليس للسياسات النقدية فحسب. وتطيير الحكومة الحالية يعني تطيير كل اشكال التدقيق الجنائي المحلي او الدولي في عمليات مصرف لبنان وبقية المصارف. وهذا هدفه الاول، لكن هل يمكنه إدّعاء القدرة على توفير تمويل للعصابة اياها لادارة البلاد من جديد؟

– الاكيد ان الاميركيين يعتقدون ان الافضل، الان، هو سقوط الحكومة وعدم تشكيل حكومة بديلة سريعا، وان يصار الى فرض سلطة الجيش مع وصاية خارجية على اقتصاد البلاد. وهم سيكثرون من الكلام عن ان لبنان قابل للحياة من جديد، فقط اذا قرر التخلي عن المقاومة.

ايها اللبنانيون، استعدوا لما هو اسوأ. واستعدوا لمنازلات لا نعرف حدودها ولا مساحتها ولا طبيعتها، واستعدوا لتحمل مسؤولية ما تقولون وما تفعلون وما تقرّرون من خطوات لاحقة… ولا شيء أمامكم أكثر وضوحا من فوضى الانهيار الكبير.

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محمد صادق الحسيني

رغم الوجع العميق الذي ولّدته فاجعة بيروت الكبرى ورغم تطاير شظاياها تجاه الجميع وظاهر كونها خلطت الحابل بالنابل…

ورغم موجات الاستثمار المتسارعة للأعداء الظاهرين والمضمَرين وهلع الصغار من عملاء الداخل لتحقيق أي منجز مهما كان صغيراً حتى لو بثوا موجات من اليأس او الفوضى ولو لليلة عبثية واحدة بحماية السفارات والقناصل او لساعات فقط…

‏يظلّ لبنان هو القوي، ‏لا ماكرون ولا غير ماكرون ولا كل زعماء الأرض من كبيرهم الذي علمهم السحر الى صغيرهم أزعر الحارة المختبئ خلف بعض أقزام السياسة هنا او هناك…

نعم ثمّة مبادرة فرنسية طرحها ماكرون على عجل بخصوص حكومة وحدة وطنية او تشاركية

وقد أراد لها الأمين على لبنان أن يتعامل معها بتقدير حسن أولاً لأنها بالأساس هي من جنس تفكير ونهج المقاومة.

وثانياً ليتم امتصاص محاولات توظيفها السيئ والتخريبي من جانب الذين تعودوا التبعية للخارج من احزاب السفارات…

‏ومع ذلك يجب أن لا تغرّنكم استعراضات مانويل ماكرون ولا بهلوانياته الكلامية…

‏اطمأنوا انه لم يكن ليزور بيروت أصلاً حتى مع هذا الحدث الجلل لولا صمودكم أنتم يا جمهور وبيئة المقاومة ووقوفكم بعزم وحزم خلف قيادتكم الحكيمة والرشيدة والمسددة..

‏ولم يكن ليتجرأ اصلاً على التمايز ولو ظاهرياً مع الأميركي ويلتقي وبخصوصية ظاهرة للعيان مع من اسمه على لوائح الإرهاب لولا شعوره بان ما تبقى له من أتباع في لبنان باتوا شحاذين على الطرقات…

‏لقد جاء ليستعيد بعض ما خسره على شواطئ المتوسط والهلال الخصيب، وتحديداً بعدما يئس من سورية والعراق وليبيا…

ومع ذلك نقول لكل من راهن او يراهن على الخارج بان عقارب الساعة لن تعود الى الوراء، كما ان الزمن ليس زمن القرن التاسع عشر ولا زمن إمارة لبنان الصغير ولا الكبير.

‏إنه زمن المقاومة والشموخ والعز وزمن السيد الأمين…

موازين القوى على الأرض تغيرت كثيراً جداً…

‏وحكومة دياب هي حكومة مخلصة تبلورت من تضاريس أوجاع الناس وآلامها وهي أشرف من كل تاريخ الفاسدين والمفسدين الذين تربوا في أحضان الدول الكبرى والقناصل والسفارات..

‏وهي ستعمل حتى الساعة الأخيرة من زمن الصمود والتصدي قبل أن يقرر أصحاب القرار الحقيقيون اللبنانيون من استبدالها بحكومة أخرى، فزمن الوصاية قد ولى

‏ ولبنان بات أكبر من ان يتطاول عليه احد.

واما ماذا يعد الغرب السلطوي الهيمني وتحديداً الأميركي للبنان فإليكم تقديرنا:

فخلافاً لما كان يعتقده البعض بأن الأميركيين كانوا يريدون التهدئة خلال المرحلة المتبقية لهم الى حين استحقاق الرئاسة الأميركية، فقد كان الاعتقاد الأقرب ان الاميركي سيستمر في تنفيذ برنامجه، وقد أعد للموجة الثانية من الضغط على المقاومة واصدقائها في لبنان، بالتزامن مع إعلان الأحكام النهائية للمحكمة الدولية في السابع من آب، الا ان الانفجار «المفاجئ «الذي حصل في مرفأ بيروت من خارج أجندة ترامب في الظاهر أربك اجندته واستعجل حلفاء أميركا في استثمار هذه المأساة الانسانية لقلب الأوضاع وتحميل حزب الله والحكومة الحالية المسؤولية والعودة الى مقولة إخراج كل الرؤساء من الحياة السياسية اللبنانية عبر دفعهم للاستقالة، بتفكير ساذج تقوده القوات والكتائب وحراس المدينة والاشتراكي والحريرية الباطنية بدفع أميركي، معترضين على النهج السياسي الذي ستسلكه الدول الغربية وعلى رأسهم فرنسا – التي يبدو أنها خذلتهم – وبعض الدول التي تحركت لاستيعاب محور قوي على وشك السيطرة على غرب آسيا ومحاصرة «اسرائيل» المحور المتجه شرقاً بقوة، مما يعني خروجهم النهائي من المنطقة، لذا فإن هذه الاندفاعة للاستقالات من البرلمان والاحتجاجات بالشارع هي محاولة اليائس من إحداث تغيير لصالحه في لبنان وبسرعة.

وما تفعله وسائل الاعلام المعروفة ونزولها الى الدرك الاسفل من المهنية والمناقبية والأخلاقية، والتزامها امام مشغلها الاميركي بقيادة الجماهير الغاضبة وتأطيرها لصالح التحشيد ضد ايران والحزب تمهيداً لطرح الشعار المنتظر كما في العراق إيران بره بره…

وحزب…. بره بره…

لهذا الغرب ولأتباعه الصغار نقول بان أميركا الشيطان الأكبر واولئك المتمسكين بذيلها لقد فقدتم المصداقية وباتت جوقتكم تصرخ في واد سحيق لا قرار له ولا صدى، بسبب وعي الجمهور اللبناني المتنامي، وانكشاف كذبكم وتضليلكم وغشكم، ولن تنفع كل محاولات التضليل لهز إيمان الجمهور المستهدف بجرّه لحرب أهلية بقضيته ووطنه ومعرفة عدوه الحقيقي.

نقولها وبكل يقين المرحلة القادمة ليست لكم وسيخيب ظنكم وأملكم حتى ولو بعد صدور قرار المحكمة الدولية، لأن المشروع والبرنامج الأميركي بات واضحاً جدا ولا احد يمكنه الدفاع عنه لأنه بات بدون مصداقية ومكشوف جداً.

المعركة مستمرة وهي في لبنان تتعقد في ذروة اشتباك أمني اقتصادي سياسي واجتماعي استراتيجي، يحتاج للكثير من الصبر والبصيرة والتروي والحكمة للانتصار على هؤلاء الشياطين المتمرسين في الشيطنة.

أخيراً وليس آخرا يبقى الأمر لنا بيقين الاوفياء والمخلصين والعاضين على الجراح.

‏ وعصابات الهاغانا «اللبنانية» من أزلام السفارات التي نزلت للشارع لإكمال فاجعة هيروشيما بيروت وإخفاء او إتلاف وثائق الإدانة بحرقها للوزارات…

لن تتمكن من تحقيق مآرب أسيادها…

‏واما الهجوم الديبلوماسي الاستعراضي الغربي لإغاثة لبنان

‏فإن الهدف منه قطع الطريق على طريق الحرير الصيني في محطة لبنان…

‏هل لاحظتم ‏صمت الناطق الصينيّ الروسيّ الإيراني…!؟

‏ وسمو سيد الحرب والسلام في خطابه الأخير..!؟

‏إنهم يتجرّعون السم

‏ونحن نحضّر لصعود الجليل.

بعدنا طيبين قولوا الله.

Who Profits from the Beirut Tragedy

by Pepe Escobar : Republished from Asia Times by permission of author

The narrative that the Beirut explosion was an exclusive consequence of negligence and corruption by the current Lebanese government is now set in stone, at least in the Atlanticist sphere.

And yet, digging deeper, we find that negligence and corruption may have been fully exploited, via sabotage, to engineer it.

Lebanon is prime John Le Carré territory. A multinational den of spies of all shades – House of Saud agents, Zionist operatives, “moderate rebel” weaponizers, Hezbollah intellectuals, debauched Arab “royalty,” self-glorified smugglers – in a context of full spectrum economic disaster afflicting a member of the Axis of Resistance, a perennial target of Israel alongside Syria and Iran.

As if this were not volcanic enough, into the tragedy stepped President Trump to muddy the – already contaminated – Eastern Mediterranean waters. Briefed by “our great generals,” Trump on Tuesday said: “According to them – they would know better than I would – but they seem to think it was an attack.”

Trump added, “it was a bomb of some kind.”

Was this incandescent remark letting the cat out of the bag by revealing classified information? Or was the President launching another non sequitur?

Trump eventually walked his comments back after the Pentagon declined to confirm his claim about what the “generals” had said and his defense secretary, Mark Esper, supported the accident explanation for the blast.

It’s yet another graphic illustration of the war engulfing the Beltway. Trump: attack. Pentagon: accident. “I don’t think anybody can say right now,” Trump said on Wednesday. “I’ve heard it both ways.”

Still, it’s worth noting a report by Iran’s Mehr News Agency that four US Navy reconnaissance planes were spotted near Beirut at the time of the blasts. Is US intel aware of what really happened all along the spectrum of possibilities?

That ammonium nitrate

Security at Beirut’s port – the nation’s prime economic hub – would have to be considered a top priority. But to adapt a line from Roman Polanski’s Chinatown: “Forget it, Jake. It’s Beirut.”

Those by now iconic 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate arrived in Beirut in September 2013 on board the Rhosus, a ship under Moldovan flag sailing from Batumi in Georgia to Mozambique. Rhosus ended up being impounded by Beirut’s Port State Control.

Subsequently the ship was de facto abandoned by its owner, shady businessman Igor Grechushkin, born in Russia and a resident of Cyprus, who suspiciously “lost interest” in his relatively precious cargo, not even trying to sell it, dumping style, to pay off his debts.

Grechushkin never paid his crew, who barely survived for several months before being repatriated on humanitarian grounds. The Cypriot government confirmed there was no request to Interpol from Lebanon to arrest him. The whole op feels like a cover – with the real recipients of the ammonium nitrate possibly being “moderate rebels” in Syria who use it to make IEDs and equip suicide trucks, such as the one that demolished the Al Kindi hospital in Aleppo.

The 2,750 tons – packed in 1-ton bags labeled “Nitroprill HD” – were transferred to the Hangar 12 warehouse by the quayside. What followed was an astonishing case of serial negligence.

From 2014 to 2017 letters from customs officials – a series of them – as well as proposed options to get rid of the dangerous cargo, exporting it or otherwise selling it, were simply ignored. Every time they tried to get a legal decision to dispose of the cargo, they got no answer from the Lebanese judiciary.

When Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab now proclaims, “Those responsible will pay the price,” context is absolutely essential.

Neither the prime minister nor the president nor any of the cabinet ministers knew that the ammonium nitrate was stored in Hangar 12, former Iranian diplomat Amir Mousavi, the director of the Center for Strategic Studies and International Relations in Tehran, confirms. We’re talking about a massive IED, placed mid-city.

The bureaucracy at Beirut’s port and the mafias who are actually in charge are closely linked to, among others, the al-Mostaqbal faction, which is led by former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, himself fully backed by the House of Saud.

The immensely corrupt Hariri was removed from power in October 2019 amid serious protests. His cronies “disappeared” at least $20 billion from Lebanon’s treasury – which seriously aggravated the nation’s currency crisis.

No wonder the current government – where we have Prime Minister Diab backed by Hezbollah – had not been informed about the ammonium nitrate.

Ammonium nitrate is quite stable, making it one of the safest explosives used in mining. Fire normally won’t set it off. It becomes highly explosive only if contaminated – for instance by oil – or heated to a point where it undergoes chemical changes that produce a sort of impermeable cocoon around it in which oxygen can build up to a dangerous level where an ignition can cause an explosion.

Why, after sleeping in Hangar 12 for seven years, did this pile suddenly feel an itch to explode?

So far, the prime straight to the point explanation, by Middle East expert Elijah Magnier, points to the tragedy being “sparked” – literally – by a clueless blacksmith with a blowtorch operating quite close to the unsecured ammonium nitrate. Unsecured due, once again, to negligence and corruption – or as part of an intentional “mistake” anticipating the possibility of a future blast.

This scenario, though, does not explain the initial “fireworks” explosion. And certainly does not explain what no one – at least in the West – is talking about: the deliberate fires set to an Iranian market in Ajam in the UAE, and also to a series of food/agricultural warehouses in Najaf, Iraq, immediately after the Beirut tragedy.

Follow the money

Lebanon – boasting assets and real estate worth trillions of dollars – is a juicy peach for global finance vultures. To grab these assets at rock bottom prices, in the middle of the New Great Depression, is simply irresistible. In parallel, the IMF vulture would embark on full shakedown mode and finally “forgive” some of Beirut’s debts as long as a harsh variation of “structural adjustment” is imposed.

Who profits, in this case, are the geopolitical and geoeconomic interests of US, Saudi Arabia and France. It’s no accident that President Macron, a dutiful Rothschildservant, arrived in Beirut Thursday to pledge Paris neocolonial “support” and all but impose, like a Viceroy, a comprehensive set of “reforms”.  A Monty Python-infused dialogue, complete with heavy French accent, might have followed along these lines: “We want to buy your port.” “It’s not for sale.” “Oh, what a pity, an accident just happened.”

Already a month ago the IMF was “warning” that “implosion” in Lebanon was “accelerating.” Prime Minister Diab had to accept the proverbial “offer you can’t refuse” and thus “unlock billions of dollars in donor funds.” Or else. The non-stop run on the Lebanese currency, for over a year now, was just a – relatively polite – warning.

This is happening amid a massive global asset grab characterized in the larger context by American GDP down by almost 40%, arrays of bankruptcies, a handful of billionaires amassing unbelievable profits and too-big-to-fail megabanks duly bailed out with a tsunami of free money.

Dag Detter, a Swedish financier, and Nasser Saidi, a former Lebanese minister and central bank vice governor, suggest that the nation’s assets be placed in a national wealth fund. Juicy assets include Electricité du Liban (EDL), water utilities, airports, the MEA airline, telecom company OGERO, the Casino du Liban.

EDL, for instance, is responsible for 30% of Beirut’s budget deficit.

That’s not nearly enough for the IMF and Western mega banks. They want to gobble up the whole thing, plus a lot of real estate.

“The economic value of public real estate can be worth at least as much as GDP and often several times the value of the operational part of any portfolio,” say Detter and Saidi.

Who’s feeling the shockwaves?

Once again, Israel is the proverbial elephant in a room now widely depicted by Western corporate media as “Lebanon’s Chernobyl.”

A scenario like the Beirut catastrophe has been linked to Israeli plans since February 2016.

Israel did admit that Hangar 12 was not a Hezbollah weapons storage unit. Yet, crucially, on the same day of the Beirut blast, and following a series of suspicious explosions in Iran and high tension in the Syria-Israeli border, Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted , in the present tense: “We hit a cell and now we hit the dispatchers. We will do what is necessary in order to defend ourselves. I suggest to all of them, including Hezbollah, to consider this.”

That ties in with the intent, openly proclaimed late last week, to bomb Lebanese infrastructure if Hezbollah harms Israeli Defense Forces soldiers or Israeli civilians.

headline – “Beirut Blast Shockwaves Will Be Felt by Hezbollah for a Long Time” – confirms that the only thing that matters for Tel Aviv is to profit from the tragedy to demonize Hezbollah, and by association, Iran. That ties in with the US Congress “Countering Hezbollah in Lebanon’s Military Act of 2019” {S.1886}, which all but orders Beirut to expel Hezbollah from Lebanon.

And yet Israel has been strangely subdued.

Muddying the waters even more, Saudi intel – which has access to Mossad, and demonizes Hezbollah way more than Israel – steps in. All the intel ops I talked to refuse to go on the record, considering the extreme sensitivity of the subject.

Still, it must be stressed that a Saudi intel source whose stock in trade is frequent information exchanges with the Mossad, asserts that the original target was Hezbollah missiles stored in Beirut’s port. His story is that Prime Minister Netanyahu was about to take credit for the strike – following up on his tweet. But then the Mossad realized the op had turned horribly wrong and metastasized into a major catastrophe.

The problem starts with the fact this was not a Hezbollah weapons depot – as even Israel admitted. When weapons depots are blown up, there’s a primary explosion followed by several smaller explosions, something that could last for days. That’s not what happened in Beirut. The initial explosion was followed by a massive second blast – almost certainly a major chemical explosion – and then there was silence.

Thierry Meyssan, very close to Syrian intel, advances the possibility that the “attack” was carried out with an unknown weapon, a missile -– and not a nuclear bomb – tested in Syria in January 2020. (The test is shown in an attached video.) Neither Syria nor Iran ever made a reference to this unknown weapon, and I got no confirmation about its existence.

Assuming Beirut port was hit by an “unknown weapon,” President Trump may have told the truth: It was an “attack”. And that would explain why Netanyahu, contemplating the devastation in Beirut, decided that Israel would need to maintain a very low profile.

Watch that camel in motion

The Beirut explosion at first sight might be seen as a deadly blow against the Belt and Road Initiative, considering that China regards the connectivity between Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon as the cornerstone of the Southwest Asia Belt and Road corridor.

Yet that may backfire – badly. China and Iran are already positioning themselves as the go-to investors post-blast, in sharp contrast with the IMF hit men, and as advised by Hezbollah Secretary-General Nasrallah only a few weeks ago.

Syria and Iran are in the forefront of providing aid to Lebanon. Tehran is sending an emergency hospital, food packages, medicine and medical equipment. Syria opened its borders with Lebanon, dispatched medical teams and is receiving patients from Beirut’s hospitals.

It’s always important to keep in mind that the “attack” (Trump) on Beirut’s port destroyed Lebanon’s main grain silo, apart from engineering the total destruction of the port – the nation’s key trade lifeline.

That would fit into a strategy of starving Lebanon. On the same day Lebanon became to a great extent dependent on Syria for food – as it now carries only a month’s supply of wheat – the US attacked silos in Syria.

Syria is a huge exporter of organic wheat. And that’s why the US routinely targets Syrian silos and burns its crops – attempting also to starve Syria and force Damascus, already under harsh sanctions, to spend badly needed funds to buy food

In stark contrast to the interests of the US/France/Saudi axis, Plan A for Lebanon would be to progressively drop out of the US-France stranglehold and head straight into Belt and Road as well as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Go East, the Eurasian way. The port and even a great deal of the devastated city, in the medium term, can be quickly and professionally rebuilt by Chinese investment. The Chinese are specialists in port construction and management.

This avowedly optimistic scenario would imply a purge of the hyper-wealthy, corrupt weapons/drugs/real estate scoundrels of Lebanon’s plutocracy – which in any case scurry away to their tony Paris apartments at the first sign of trouble.

Couple that with Hezbollah’s very successful social welfare system – which I saw for myself at work last year – having a shot at winning the confidence of the impoverished middle classes and thus becoming the core of the reconstruction.

It will be a Sisyphean struggle. But compare this situation with the Empire of Chaos – which needs chaos everywhere, especially across Eurasia, to cover for the coming, Mad Max chaos inside the US.

General Wesley Clark’s notorious 7 countries in 5 years once again come to mind – and Lebanon remains one of those 7 countries. The Lebanese lira may have collapsed; most Lebanese may be completely broke; and now Beirut is semi-devastated. That may be the straw breaking the camel’s back – releasing the camel to the freedom of finally retracing its steps back to Asia along the New Silk Roads.

Nasrallah denies any Hezbollah activities at the port, calls to end incitment and impunity (full speech)


Date: 8 August 2020

Author: lecridespeuples

Source: https://video.moqawama.org/details.php?cid=1&linkid=2148

Translation: resistancenews.org

Key points:

  • The tragic context requires a sacred union, in order to overcome the humanitarian crisis, and not to settle political accounts; Hezbollah has mobilized all its resources to help the victims
  • All the accusations claiming Hezbollah is somewhat responsible are outrageous, because Hezbollah has never had any activity, no warehouse and no role or control over what goes on in the port; this slanders constitutes an incitement to civil war
  • At this stage of the investigation, no hypothesis can be ruled out as to the intentional or accidental nature of the explosion, but criminal negligence seems to be proven in all cases.
  • An impartial investigation must identify and severely punish all the culprits, and break with the traditional sectarianism of the judicial system which judges people according to their political and religious affiliation; without a fair & transparent trial and full accountability, Lebanon will always be a failed State
  • The Lebanese army is the body most able to carry out this investigation, and all the calls to form an international commission of inquiry are only delaying tactics aimed at perpetuating the establishment and impunity.
  • Lebanon must use the current opportunities to overcome the US embargo and revive its economy
  • All those who hope to weaken Hezbollah through this crisis demonstrate their moral bankruptcy and lack of lucidity

Transcription:

Prior to this terrible event, I had announced a speech for Wednesday (August 5), and I intended to speak about several issues which were the hottest news at the time, namely:

– the situation on the border between Lebanon and occupied Palestine, and the ongoing clash between Hezbollah and the Israeli enemy;

– the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (and the expected verdict) on August 7 (concerning the assassination of Rafik Hariri in 2005);

– the coronavirus, its development and the recent increase of cases in Lebanon;

– the oil shortages and the gasoline crisis in the country;

– other questions related to the regional situation.

But when the catastrophic event happened on Tuesday (August 4), I decided to postpone my speech, and today I am not going to bring up any of these topics, but only talk about one point, namely the cataclysmic event that occurred (in the port of Beirut) and the humanitarian crisis that engulfed Lebanon and the Lebanese people in recent days.

[A major and unprecedented cataclysm]

Regarding the event itself, first of all, we are faced with a colossal incident, a great tragedy, be it from a humanitarian or national perspective, or by any (other) criteria. There are more than 150 martyrs, the vast majority being Lebanese. Notably, there are a large number of Syrian martyrs, and martyrs of various nationalities. There are thousands of injured. The latest figures speak of nearly 80 missing people. As a precaution, let’s talk about dozens of missing people. There are tens of thousands of families who had to leave their homes damaged (and rendered uninhabitable) by the explosion. Thousands and even tens of thousands of people have lost their property, their source of livelihood, their business. (Not to mention) the state of fear and even terror that has indeed struck the hearts of millions of people, and not hundreds of thousands of people, for the inhabitants of Beirut and its suburbs make up almost half of the population of Lebanon, if not more [Lebanon’s population is almost 7 million]. The buildings were shaken to the point that people believed there was a huge earthquake, and each neighborhood felt like the explosion was happening in its own neighborhood. What people have experienced in terms of fear and worry, be it men, women or children (is indescribable).

Of course, the consequences of all of this are huge and very dangerous, as are the (apocalypse) scenes we have all seen. We are facing an event which has considerable consequences on the humanitarian, economic, health and social levels. Concretely, the port of Beirut was almost completely destroyed, which implies a necessary reconstruction of the port, with economic repercussions which are added to the serious financial and social crisis which the country was already going through. In short, at all levels, we are facing a major cataclysm.

I extend my sincere condolences to all the families of martyrs… One thing should be stressed: you know that Lebanon, in general, is divided along sectarian and regional lines, and that a region can be affected (by a problem) without affecting another. But this explosion has crossed sectarian and regional lines: there are martyrs and wounded from all sects, and all the neighborhoods & regions (of the capital) have been affected. Beirut is the city of all Lebanese, and embraces all Lebanese. The inhabitants of Beirut are a microcosm of all Lebanese people, in their different regional, religious and sectarian affiliations. This tragedy made no distinction.

I therefore extend my sincere condolences to all the families of martyrs, and I ask God the Most High and the Exalted to inspire them with patience and endurance in the face of the loss of their loved ones, and I also ask Him to grant a speedy recovery to all the injured and to all those who have been affected (in one way or another). I ask God the Most High and the Exalted to inspire them all with the patience and the ability to bear and endure (this tragedy), and to grant the determination (required) to overcome this terrible ordeal to all those who have been affected, whether in their relatives, homes, livelihoods or property, or who have been displaced from their homes. I ask Him to give them the patience, endurance and mutual assistance (required) to overcome this tragedy. Of course, this requires the Grace of God the Most High and the Exalted, and the cooperation, effort and sacrifice of all.

By this brief description, I wanted to indicate that we are facing an exceptional event, at least in the modern history of Lebanon, which requires exceptional behavior at all levels, whether at the psychological level, at the level of action on the ground, at the media, political and judicial levels: all measures must be strong and exceptional because of the major and unprecedented nature of this event.

Of course, man is unable to express (as it should) his feelings in front of our people, our beloved ones in Beirut and its suburbs, in all the districts of Beirut and its suburbs, and put into words the suffering, sadness, sorrow (that we feel), as well as our solidarity and our presence by their side, and our (sense of) common responsibility.

Likewise, in the face of this event and its consequences, and I will now turn to the other points, we were able to see several things in Lebanon. I want to talk about each scene, comment on it and take a stance.

[The sacred union of the Lebanese people and their institutions]

First, the popular scene alongside the State. Since the first hours, very naturally, the departments concerned, the security, military and health authorities, civil defense, emergency services, firefighters, all have been on the ground, but what is remarkable is the popular atmosphere, the ardor of the people in all regions, this rapid presence of many civil and popular groups and associations, whether they are firefighters, ambulance workers, rescue organizations, volunteers, in order to help the State authorities, because this situation exceeded the capacities of the State, whether it be hospitals, doctors, nurses, blood donations… It is perhaps the first time that Hezbollah officially appealed for blood donation, and thank goodness all the required blood was obtained, even though the number of injured was huge from the start.

This atmosphere of compassion & popular responsiveness has also continued in the clearing of debris, the cleaning of streets, houses and squares, and we still see a massive presence of volunteers in these squares. A (large) number of municipalities and communities, religious associations and political forces, families and houses have announced their willingness to guarantee housing for those who have lost their homes, whether it is temporary damage or total destruction. Despite all the financial and social crises that the country is going through, we have seen such a level of compassion and solidarity. Of course, we also have to consider the psychological and emotional side that has reached a high level of excellence, namely this (massive) ardor, this sadness, this compassion. At the popular level, we do not see abuse or indifference, everyone feels concerned, everyone is affected. These are the emotions of the inhabitants. We must give this scene (of popular solidarity) a very high grade, at the level of civilization, humanity, ethics, nation, emotions. It is evidence of the conscience, life, soul, culture, ethics and humanitarian and national feeling of our people in all regions, in all sects and in all places.

[Total mobilization of Hezbollah to rescue and relocate the victims]

Of course, as far as Hezbollah is concerned in this regard, from the first moments, the presence of our bodies, our associations, our members and our popular base, the municipalities and communities in which we are represented or present, I considers that they did not spare any effort, and that they were present (massively). And today, I confirm once again that Hezbollah, at the level of all its bodies, associations and staff, and of all our human and material resources, we are entirely at the service of the Lebanese State and the Lebanese government, and of the relevant ministries, and we are available to all our people and all our fellow citizens who have been affected by this tragedy.

Of course, I want to stress our relocation project for disaster victims, because we have had a lot of experience in this regard since the 2006 war, and I hope people will take it with due seriousness. And I confirm once again what the president of the community of municipalities of the southern suburbs of Beirut and various municipalities in Lebanon announced: any family who has lost their home, and who need time to clear or repair this home, and needs a temporary accommodation in the meantime, we are open, happy and ready to help these families through this project, with the Grace of God. It is not acceptable for a single family to remain on the streets, nor for them to feel like a burden on their relatives or friends who host them because they have requested them. Temporary housing can be provided until further notice, in order to give them time to return home as soon as possible, when their homes have been repaired and cleared.

[Exceptional international solidarity despite US sanctions]

The second scene was abroad, namely the positions of many States and governments in the world, of the great religious authorities in the world, Muslims and Christians, Sunnis and Shiites, political forces, Resistance movements, leaders, scholars, elites, media, parties, etc. Lebanon and the Lebanese people have been the object of great compassion internationally, and many countries have announced their readiness to provide assistance, while we are under siege: the United States has clearly announced that they were not going to besiege a group or a party, as some try to claim, but all of Lebanon. If only they were content to besiege only one party or group! This is what we have been asking for from the start! You have a problem with us (Hezbollah), so besiege us, and only us, without chastising and making a whole country and a people pay the price!

Anyway, we thank all the countries that sent us aid, all the friends and brothers, Arab, Islamic and other countries, the whole international community. Some have announced that they will help us, and we hope they will keep their word (without fear of US sanctions). Likewise, delegations & ministers from various countries came, and the most visible was the visit of the French President to Lebanon. We positively view any help and compassion with Lebanon, and any visit to Lebanon in these days, especially if it is part of aid to Lebanon, or a call for cooperation and dialogue between Lebanese. We look at this kind of visit (in a positive way). We want to focus on the positive side. Perhaps some call for vigilance and concern (over the hidden motives of these visits), and express fears (of interference which may be legitimate), but at the present stage we prefer to consider this kind of visit in its positive aspect and focus on the positive side, (at least) for the time being. [Note: the section of the speech concerning France was read verbatim by Nasrallah on a statement prepared in advance, while for the rest of his speech he spoke spontaneously and had only prepared notes; this reflects Hezbollah’s mistrust and lucidity in the face of Macron’s initiative and outrageous statements of interference, which he prefers not to comment on for the time being in order to remain in a perspective of sacred union; it should be noted that the main politicians behind the explosion appear to be France’s closest friends, namely the Hariri clique.]

Therefore, this external and international scene was on the whole positive, and was full of compassion, and I consider that this opens an opportunity for Lebanon, as a State and as a people —I will come back to this in conclusion— to get help, and open a way out in the face of the state of siege and the difficulties that Lebanon was going through recently.

[The moral bankruptcy of Hezbollah’s opponents]

The first and second scenes are therefore positive, but the third scene (which I want to evoke) is the internal Lebanese political scene, and certain external elements. In general, it is said that dignified peoples, who have a certain level of culture and ethics, a certain sense of responsibility and humanity, a sense of national interest, even when there are struggles and disputes among themselves, when a great national tragedy occurs, or a terrible event occurs, everyone temporarily freezes their struggles and disputes, as well as their personal calculations, to rise above all these (partisan) considerations, and to behave on a nobler ethical and human basis, and everyone helps each other to overcome this tragedy or this catastrophe. Once the crisis is over, things can resume their usual course. Things are like this (in general) all over the world.

Sometimes we have even seen that in the midst of war, when a tragic event such as a massacre occurs, the enemies conclude a truce, a ceasefire, even in the midst of war! It does happen and it is well known (even against Israel), but I will not waste time citing examples. But outside of war, within the same country, where there is a government, an opposition, rival political forces, when a catastrophe affects everyone, all regions, all families. What happened was not a tragedy that only targeted certain categories of the population, no. In general, in such situations (of national disaster), differences are temporarily put aside, and everyone helps and cooperates (even with their political opponents), and adopts more dignified language, with different sentiments, and different statements and political speeches. Likewise, the media behave differently, with humanity and ethics, each granting a respite (to their adversaries), if only for a few days, at least a few days (of truce)! I’m not talking about months or years, no, a few days, (one or) two weeks! To give people time to recover the remains of their martyrs, to heal their wounds, to visit the wounded, to assert the fate of the missing people, to put out the fires, to clear the debris, to find a way to relocate the displaced, etc. After that, we can reopen the accounts (and rekindle the rivalries), no problem.

[A cabal of calumnies]

But unfortunately what happened in Lebanon with this incident is that from the first hours of this tragedy and this cataclysm, and even from the first hour, not the first hours, when no one yet knew what was going on or had happened… In the first moments, people spoke of an earthquake, and it was only later that it was established that it was an explosion . (We still had to determine) what type of explosion it was, where in the port it had taken place, what had exploded, what was in the hangar that exploded, how did the explosion happen, was it an accident or an intentional act, etc. Even before anyone knew the answer to these questions, the Lebanese and Arab media, and certain political forces expressed through their official social networks, and even through some public statements by officials… These are not from obscure people running (Twitter or Facebook) accounts, but statements on television and in the media, made as soon as the explosion was known to the public, and while the fires in the port were not yet extinguished, and the destruction and amazement was the lot of all the Lebanese and the whole world. But these people spoke out in the media and announced their position before they knew anything. Their position was decided in advance: the cause of the explosion in hangar number so-and-so at the port of Beirut was a Hezbollah missile warehouse that exploded and caused this unprecedented terror and cataclysm. Or, they said it was stockpiles of Hezbollah ammunition, explosives, or weapons. The bottom line is that it must have belonged to Hezbollah, whether it was missiles, ammunition, explosives … And then, even when the official authorities announced that it was not missiles, weapons, ammunition, explosives or anything like that, but (ammonium) nitrate used as a fertilizer or an explosive, these people said that this nitrate belonged to Hezbollah, that it was the Hezbollah that brought it, that it was Hezbollah that stored it for 6 years, and again Hezbollah, Hezbollah, Hezbollah.

Without even knowing whether this explosion was criminal or accidental, whether it was an accident due to fire or otherwise, or whether it was an attack, or, as some have claimed, an air attack, missile or whatever, none of that interested these people at all. Accident or crime, missile, drone, fire, etc., they didn’t care. The important thing was to affirm that this hangar belonged to Hezbollah. Why? So that they could tell the Lebanese people, the inhabitants of Beirut, the inhabitants of the suburbs of Beirut, to all the Lebanese, that the one who had destroyed their houses, killed their children and their relatives, destroyed their port, their livelihood and their property, had injured thousands of you and terrorized you, it was Hezbollah, Hezbollah was responsible for everything.

Of course, this is a huge injustice done to us, a crime, and I don’t know if this can be seen as falling within the scope of free speech, freedom of the press (or rather defamation and incitement to hatred and violence). These questions need to be debated. At the moment… Let me talk a little about our feelings. We are among the killed and injured. Among the martyrs and the wounded, there are our relatives, our supporters, Hezbollah members. All these people have a job, they are workers, they have cars, they gave first aid (many firefighters and rescuers died), etc. Likewise, our feelings extend to all of our people, not just those who support Hezbollah. We are filled with sincere friendship for all Lebanese, and we are very moved by what happened. While in the throes of tragedy, we endured on top of that the suffering of oppression (these slanderous accusations). Some have told me it is not worth talking about. No. I have to talk about it, for sure! For the degree of oppression (constituted by these gratuitous attacks) is exceptional: just as the event is exceptional, the oppression inflicted on us is unprecedented. Even before an investigation was launched, before anyone knew what happened, some media, some Lebanese and Arab TV channels, since the incident began and until now —they haven’t changed their tune— asserted that the hangar belonged to Hezbollah, that what exploded was Hezbollah missiles, Hezbollah explosives, Hezbollah nitrate, Hezbollah, Hezbollah, Hezbollah, Hezbollah… We heard nothing else from them, because there is no other (hypothesis) for them. It is a great crime committed against us. And their method has been to lie, lie, lie and lie and lie again, until people believe it. And it seems that some people, because of the pangs of tragedy and disaster, and the media hype (putting the blame on us), it is possible that it had an influence on some, although in general we rely on people’s awareness and lucidity, and their knowledge that these sources have no credibility, and have a whole history of lies, deception, inventions, falsifications and inversion of reality.

[Hezbollah has never had any activities or storage in the port]

Despite the fact that, as some of us have said, these accusations (are so ludicrous that they) do not deserve an answer, if there is anyone that can be affected by these allegations, perhaps some will say that Hezbollah has not made any statement or denial or comment, and out of respect for reasoned minds and public opinion, I would like to stress and confirm today: I deny in a firm, categorical, absolute, final, total and definite way that Hezbollah has absolutely nothing in the port. There is no weapons warehouse, no missile stock, not a single rocket, a single rifle, a single grenade, a single bullet, (a single drop) of nitrate, there is nothing of all this, neither in a hangar nor outside a hangar, neither now nor in the past, there is nothing and there never has been anything. Nothing at all. There is absolutely none of that. Either way, the results of the investigation will be known soon, and everything will be proven and demonstrated, because such things cannot be hidden. If the blast in the harbor was due to missiles, ammunition, weapons or anything military, the investigation will (infallibly) reveal it. As for nitrate, we already know where it came from, who brought it into the country, how many years it was stored there, etc. All of this will be established and confirmed by the investigation. I don’t need more than this brief denial, because all I care about is that no one would give credit to these lies and fabrications (because of Hezbollah’s silence), and to denounce this enormous oppression inflicted on Hezbollah and the Resistance in Lebanon.

Of course, some opted for another wave (of slanderous accusations) when they saw that the majority of local media, commentary and data (favored another direction)… Even Trump, for example, in the White House, walked in this direction at first, talking about a possible bomb, or whatever, but the United States backed out. I have seen yesterday and today that the majority of international media and journalists have abandoned the hypothesis (of a stockpile of Hezbollah weapons), except for a few voices in Lebanon and the Arab world. Thus, those who launched (this slander) are now all alone (to support it), because all the media and all the voices in the world are anxious to keep a minimum of credibility, even if they are our enemies engaged in a political war against us; but when it turns out that the accusation is clearly a lie as shiny as the sun at its zenith, they (have enough good sense to) back off and conjure up other possibilities.

[Hezbollah has no control over the port and has never interfered in its affairs]

Another thing some people have said is that Hezbollah controls the port of Beirut, run it and supervise it, and that nothing can happen in the port without us knowing it, seeing it and giving our consent, etc. These are also lies, deception, forgery and great injustice (against us). We don’t run the port, we don’t control it, we don’t oversee it, we don’t interfere in its management or affairs, and we had no idea what was going on in the port and what was (stored) in the port. Some objected: “Is it possible that you are more aware of what is in the port of Haifa (reference to the stocks of ammonia that Nasrallah threatened to target in the event of Israeli strikes on Lebanese infrastructure) than what is in the port of Beirut?” Of course! Hezbollah’s primary responsibility is resistance (against Israel), and it is normal that Hezbollah be more aware of the port of Haifa than of the port of Beirut, which is not our responsibility, while the port of Haifa is our responsibility, because it is part of the deterrence equation and the defense strategy of Lebanon. But Hezbollah does not rule, control, interfere or know anything about what is going on in the port of Beirut, what is there and what is not there, how things are managed, it is a matter that we ignore and in which we do not interfere at all. But anyway, we will continue to hear this (second) wave (of accusations), these (false) allegations, because if the hangar does not belong to Hezbollah, we must find something else to blame Hezbollah for the tragedy. Because as far as these oppressors are concerned, the important thing is to place one responsibility or another on Hezbollah, and to look for a pretext, an allegation, a lie, a forgery (which allows it). I’ll ay no more on this issue.

[Defamation and the incitment to civil war must be punished severely]

Either way, investigations are ongoing, and the truths will emerge quickly, as this is not a question that will take time. I believe that the criminal, security, military and technical investigation will be able to quickly establish (with certainty) what was in the hangar, what was the nature of the explosives and how it was triggered, because at the technical level, this does not require much time, and the truths can be expected to come to light quickly.

When the truths come to light, I hope that the Lebanese public opinion, in all regions of Lebanon, because in our country there is a problem in terms of punishments and responsibilities, and in the name of freedom of opinion and expression, some (media and politicians) accuse, insult, abuse, oppress and lead the country to the brink of civil war, and (despite all this), ultimately, the Criminal Court imposes them a (mere) fine of 10 to 50 million Lebanese pounds (6,000 to 35,000 dollars), and it stops there. What I want to ask the Lebanese people is that they should themselves judge these media (and politicians) and condemn them. In what way? By ceasing to give them the least credit, the least importance, and by ceasing to consult them or to look at them. Because when we know that such media has no credibility, and that it is based on lies, manipulation and falsification, and that it participates in the battle that targets our country (to destroy it), then we must condemn them and turn our backs on them for good. And it is in my opinion the most important punishment (that can befall) these false and falsifying television stations which push to the civil war. This should not be taken lightly! This is not a (simple) political accusation. When somebody comes and tells hundreds of thousands of people that it is Hezbollah who is responsible for this carnage, all these deaths and injuries, all this destruction and all this displacement, what is it (if not pushing the country towards civil war)?

[A political instrumentalisation of the crisis]

On the other hand, still concerning the political scene, on the other hand we saw the political instrumentalisation of the incident, and all those who had a problem with so and so reopened this problem (in this tragic context), whether it is the Lebanese National Pact, the government or other political forces, and of course those who have a problem with us. Today, I do not want to open an argument with anyone, and we are putting off (the settling of accounts) for later because we remain attached to avoid settling political or personal disputes, out of ethical, humanitarian and national considerations. This is the time for solidarity, compassion, mutual aid, to heal wounds, to clear debris, to determine the fate of the missing, to treat the wounded, to help people return home, which is a vital priority. The country needs this kind of attitude and calm for several days in order to overcome the crisis. Then we can talk politics and settle accounts. Our position will be firm. And as for certain analyzes which compare the current situation with previous experiences (assassination of Hariri in 2005, etc.) or build hopes (on capitalizing on this tragedy for political gains) like so many of their past illusions, (remember that) for a long time, some people (Hezbollah adversaries) chased after mirages, only to realize that they were all mirages, but I will talk about that later. At this point, I don’t want to get into these considerations, and I don’t want to attack anyone. I’ll put it off until later. The priority is compassion, cooperation and mutual aid, to overcome these days of pain, suffering and humanitarian crisis. Let’s put all the differences aside and get back to political (disputes) later.

[Impartial investigation and exemplary punishment for all those responsible are essential to save Lebanon]

My last point, which is most important, is investigation and retribution. A huge, terrible and dangerous event has happened. First, there must be an investigation. His Excellency the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister declared from the outset that there will be an impartial, resolute, firm, definitive and strong investigation, and that whoever will be identified as having a responsibility in this incident, by his actions or by negligence, corruption or insufficiency, will be held to account, whoever he is, big or small. Very well. It’s a good start. The Lebanese are now asking for action and effort (in this direction). I consider that faced with the shock of the event, there is national, popular and governmental unanimity, of all political parties and all deputies, etc., demanding that an exhaustive, frank, transparent, precise, fair and impartial investigation be carried out on this event, and that whoever bears any share of responsibility be judged and condemned in the most severe and exemplary manner —a fair punishment, of course (not a lynching). We are also among the voices that demand this loud and clear. We must not allow anyone to be covered or protected during the investigation, and truths to be withheld about anyone. It is not tolerable that the investigation and then the trial should be done in the “Lebanese fashion”, that is to say in this well-known way where one takes into account religious and sectarian calculations and balances. Anyone who was inadequate or negligent, instigated (this event) or engaged in corruption, has no religion or sect, as is the case with collaborators (of the Israeli enemy). They should be judged on the basis of what they have done, not on the basis of their sectarian, religious or political affiliation. Neither the investigation nor the trial should be conducted on a sectarian basis (requiring a precise ratio of Sunnis, Shiites or Christians). Whoever is in charge, whether they belong to several sects or are all from the same sect, whatever their political affiliation and group, whatever their family clan, truth and justice must prevail and determine the position, the investigation and the punishment.

[The investigation must be carried out by the Lebanese army, the only institution with unanimous support]

Likewise, with regard to the investigation, one hears calls, opinions and thoughts. I want to address certain political forces who are talking about the question of the investigation (and asking that it be done by international bodies, like Macron did). The official security authorities are quite capable of carrying out this investigation: they have the technical capacity and the required expertise, that is certain. But you have doubts about their reliability (and impartiality). I ask you a question: because sometimes, political settling of accounts (are flagrant), and the thread of lies is short. All the political forces in Lebanon affirm their confidence in the Lebanese army, the national institution (par excellence), guarantor of stability and security in the country, guarantor of sovereignty. We have heard many poetic praises to the glory of the Lebanese National Army. Very well. So let the Lebanese army take care of the investigation. I believe that the services of the Lebanese army have already been requested, the military police it seems to me. If the Lebanese army is an institution that enjoys the confidence of all Lebanese people, all Lebanese political forces and all Lebanese leaders, let us entrust it with the task of carrying out the investigation, since you say you trust it! At least let the Army do the investigation, since you trust them! Let them investigate and reveal the findings, so that everyone can see them.

There is yet another choice. Maybe some Lebanese have confidence in one body, but not in another. It’s possible. So let’s form a plural investigative committee, where each security body which you trust will be present, even if in my opinion charging the army is sufficient, independently of the other bodies which can have the trust of some but not of others. Everyone says there is unanimity around the Army, so let the Army investigate! Let the military conduct the investigation, and let them announce its findings to all people, not just the courts, on their own responsibility. Let them declare that they, the Lebanese army, with their expertise, their capacities and their means, carried out an impartial and transparent investigation, and these are their conclusions, O Lebanese people, concerning the explosion which took place in the Port of Beirut. This will suffice to manifest the truth for all to see.

[Lebanon’s survival as a genuine State is at stake]

In this regard, I would also like to add something very important. Just as the event is exceptional, today the attitude of the Lebanese State towards this event will be in our eyes decisive and fateful. This will determine the future of Lebanon. In what way? Today it is not about the President of the Republic, the National Pact or the government (which can come and go at the whim of elections and crises). It is about (the safeguard of) the Lebanese State, (which will depend) on the way in which the authorities will behave in this regard, be it the judicial body, the army, the security services, and even the Chamber of Deputies. It is about (the sustainability) of the (Lebanese) State and its institutions. Everyone has some responsibility for the trial and the punishment. The way to act in the face of such a catastrophe, which has affected all sects, all neighborhoods and all regions, and must in no way be tinged with sectarianism, religion or politicization, a national and humanitarian tragedy par excellence, the way State institutions will behave about it, as well as political leaders and the various political forces in the country, will have a fateful consequence for the whole country. What will this fateful consequence be? How this tragedy is dealt with will determine in the eyes of the Lebanese people —and in my eyes the verdict will be irrevocable— whether there is a (genuine) State in Lebanon or not. The second question (which will find an irrevocable answer) is about the hope of building a State (in Lebanon). Because I tell you quite frankly: if the Lebanese State and the Lebanese political forces —whether in power or in the opposition—, in such a case and such a cause, do not achieve a result in the investigation, and fail to punish (all those responsible), it means that the Lebanese people, political forces, State institutions (are bankrupt), and that there is no hope to build an (authentic) State. I don’t want anybody to despair, but I accurately describe the reality.

But we must (all) work so that this despair does not happen, in order to confirm, create and sow hope (to see a real State) among the Lebanese. Today, all the calls to fight against corruption that may have denounced a biased judge, a cowardly judge, a force that buried court files for such or such consideration, (are eclipsed by the magnitude of this case). We have to see a heavy punishment, because even if the investigation reveals that it was an intentional act or an aerial bombardment, the fact that this nitrate was stored in this way for 6 or 7 years clearly implies that there was a (criminal) negligence, inadequacy and corruption on the part of judges. This is where the war on corruption must (be a priority)! If in this case all those who call for a war on corruption, and we are part of it, if we are unable to do anything (to identify and punish all the culprits), it means that we are unable to do anything (forever). Game over. We will frankly declare to the Lebanese people that it is impossible to fight corruption, to fight neglect and insufficiency, and we will say, “O Lebanese people, you have no State and there is no hope of building an (authentic) State, so it’s up to you to see what you can do with yourselves”. To me, such is the magnitude of the question. So that people do not say later that it was a tragedy (without culprits) and forget about the matter, we make it clear that as far as we are concerned, it is impossible to forget this disaster, to move on and to allow let it be neglected. The whole truth must be revealed about this tragedy, and those responsible must be tried without any protection, whether political, sectarian or partisan. If that doesn’t happen, yes, I will consider that there is a crisis of the regime, a crisis of the State, maybe even a crisis of the (Lebanese) entity, some will be entitled to go this far. And some people try to ignore it, one way or another.

Therefore, I call on State officials, at all levels and in all authorities, to show the utmost seriousness and determination, whether to complete the investigation or to judge and blame, and chastise all those responsible for this tragedy. This is required so that the leaders and the political forces can give hope to the Lebanese people that there are authorities, a State and institutions, or at least that there is hope that a State be erected on the basis of truth, justice, transparency and the protection of the Lebanese, because sometimes the consequences of corruption, negligence and incompetence accumulate and become apparent after several years, and can be destructive, like what happened in this terrible event where in seconds, in a matter of seconds, tens of people were killed or missing, thousands were injured, hundreds of thousands of families were affected and had to leave their homes… And some people say that God prevented an even greater tragedy, and that if this hangar had not been so close to the sea, and without such and such peculiarities of the site, if this same amount of nitrate had exploded in a different geographic configuration, perhaps the whole city (of Beirut) would have been destroyed. All this in an instant, in a matter of seconds, because of corruption, neglect and incompetence, and no one should say it is simply because of the intricacies of the bureaucracy. Never. We are talking about stocks that could completely destroy the capital and certain suburbs (in an instant). The blame cannot be blamed on the intricacies of bureaucracy.

[Lebanon must seize the opportunities of the crisis]

In conclusion —because I won’t be long today— I would like to finish with two points.

First point, in these days of tragedy, humanitarian catastrophe and sacrifice —because even today there have been sacrifices, martyrs, wounded, displaced persons, means of subsistence destroyed, an enormous weight added on the the Lebanese economy and the Lebanese State—, (we must not forget) that from the abyss of crises, from the matrix of crises, opportunities arise, whether they are internal, regional or international opportunities. The international attitude towards this event is an opportunity that the Lebanese must seize and take advantage of, both State and people, and they must not let these opportunities be lost because of their differences. We must seek out the opportunities that have been created by these crises and take advantage of them in a united manner and through cooperation.

[Hezbollah’s enemies must stop chasing mirages]

And the second and last point to conclude, is that I declare to all those who, from the first moment, launched a campaign against us, against the Resistance and against the Axis of Resistance, trying to take advantage of this tragedy, you will get nowhere, and I tell you that frankly and sincerely. I also declare to the masses (who support) the Resistance, and some of whom are perhaps worried, scared, wonder what is the (underlying) atmosphere, if this is a big regional or international plot , (I reassure them by reminding them) that the regional situation is very different (from what it was before), as is the international situation (much more favorable to us than ever). We are very different from what we were, and so is the (Axis of) the Resistance (we are stronger than ever), so there is really nothing to worry about (for us). These people (our adversaries) run after mirages, as they have always run after mirages. All of their choices have always been doomed to failure and defeat.

And I say this to our adversaries: just as you have been disappointed and defeated (in all your past undertakings: Special Tribunal for Lebanon, 2006 war, war in Syria, etc.), you will once again be disappointed and defeated. You will not achieve anything. This Resistance, by its credibility, its sincerity, by the confidence of the Lebanese people in it, by its (victorious) battles, by its positions, by its attitude and its behavior, and by its strength, its place in the country and in the region, is too large, too strong and too noble for it to be tainted by (the slanders) of certain oppressors, liars and falsifiers of the truth, who (constantly) incite sectarian rivalry, and who encourage civil war. They have always worked at this and have always failed, and they will fail again.

[Conclusion]

May God have mercy on the martyrs, and heal (promptly) the wounded, and I hope that by His Grace, the missing will be found alive; even if they are hurt God will heal them. May God grant patience and endurance to the families of the victims, as well as patience, relief and determination to all the families who have been affected and have suffered from this tragedy, be they our families in Beirut or in the suburbs of Beirut. With the Grace of God, through the mutual aid and solidarity of all, and the endurance of the State in its various institutions, as well as the efforts of political forces and the Lebanese people in its various categories, we will succeed in overcoming this ordeal and build a better tomorrow, and come out of it stronger and more resolute in our determination to persevere, endure and be victorious.

Peace be upon you, as well as the mercy of God and His blessings.

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(Translation of key points): Nasrallah’s speech on Beirut Disaster

August 08, 2020

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(Translation of key points): Nasrallah’s speech on Beirut Disaster

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Key excerpts from Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s latest speech surrounding the Port of Beirut disaster several days earlier.

Source: Various networks

Date: 7 August, 2020

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Transcript:

Hezbollah chose to view all forms of support & visits to Lebanon positively

We look positively at every form of help and (show of) empathy – and every visit to Lebanon – during these days, especially if it comes within the context of helping Lebanon, or is aimed at calling for unity, cooperation and dialogue between the Lebanese. When we view such visits, we wish to focus on the positive side to them. Now, perhaps some may call for caution, or express concerns or fears. We prefer to view such visits during this current stage in terms of their positive aspects…

An opportunity for Lebanon to exit from state of isolation & difficulty?

Thus, the international and foreign scene was positive in general, and empathetic, and I believe that this also opens up an opportunity before Lebanon, both at the state level and in relation to its people, perhaps there is an opportunity – and I will get back to this later – for (Lebanon to receive) support or for opening up a door from which (the country) can exit from the state of isolation and difficulty that Lebanon was suffering from during the previous period.

Hezbollah categorically denies ever using Port of Beirut for arms-related matters

I wish to affirm today, in a certain, absolute, decisive, categorical and firm manner, that there is nothing that exists for us at the Port (of Beirut). There (was) neither a weapons stockpile, nor a missile stockpile, nor a (single) missile, nor a rifle, nor a bomb, nor a bullet, nor (any amounts of ammonium) nitrate, there is nothing of this sort at all, neither a ‘warehouse’ nor anything else. Neither is there anything now, nor was there anything in the past. Absolutely nothing of this sort (exists) at all. And in any case, soon the results of the investigation will confirm (this reality).

Hezbollah has more knowledge of Port of Haifa than Port of Beirut!

We neither administer the port (of Beirut), nor do we control it, nor do we interfere in it, nor do we know what was going on in the port, nor do we know what was present in the port. Some people said: ‘is it possible that you know about the Port of Haifa (in Israel) more than you know about the Port of Beirut?’.

Hezbollah’s main responsibility is resistance. Hezbollah might know more about the Port of Haifa than it knows about the Port of Beirut. (Knowing about) the Port of Beirut is not (Hezbollah’s) responsibility, yet (knowing about) the Port of Haifa is (Hezbollah’s) responsibility, because it is part of the deterrence equation and the (Resistance’s) defence strategy for Lebanon.

Hezbollah is not administering, nor controlling, nor is it interfering in, nor does it know what is happening at the Port of Beirut, nor what is present there and what is not present there, nor does it know how things are being administered there. This is something we do not interfere in at all.

Now is not the time for political wrangling, now is the time for national healing

We saw the political exploitation of the (disastrous) event (by many). Anyone who has a problem with somebody else (went ahead and) opened up that file (during this crisis). Anyone who has a problem with the (current) presidency, with the (current) government, anyone who has a problem with other political forces, and of course those who have a problem with us (went ahead and brought to the fore their problems during this crisis)…

I don’t wish today to engage in any (political) wrangling with anybody, this is something that we will delay, because we are still adamant that ethically, patriotically, and humanely, today is not the time for settling political and party accounts. It is (rather) the time for solidarity, empathy and cooperation. A time for attending the wounds (of the people), for rescue efforts, for determining the fate of those who are missing, for treating the injured, for helping people to return to their homes.

For a number of days the country requires a level of calm and empathy so that we can overcome the ordeal. Thereafter, we will speak politics, and we will engage in debate. Our facts are strong, and our position is strong, and our stance is strong.

While some forces call for international investigation, Nasrallah points to Lebanese Army

In terms of the investigation, we are now hearing various calls, opinions and ideas. I would like to ask certain (Lebanese) political forces who are speaking about this. (Investigating) this matter (i.e. the Port explosion) is something that can be done by the official Lebanese apparatus, it has the technical expertise, experience and personnel, there’s no doubt about this. However, certain (political forces) are questioning whether this apparatus can be trusted.

Okay, I ask you a question, because sometimes lies within the political realm can only go so far. Okay, all political forces in Lebanon say: ‘we have faith in the Lebanese Army’, the ‘national institution’, the ‘institution that guarantees the stability and security of the country’, the ‘institution that guarantees the sovereignty (of Lebanon)’. And recently on Lebanese Army Day, we heard so many poems and praises (of the Army).

Okay, let the Army go ahead…if this institution that is the Lebanese Army, is trusted by all Lebanese, and trusted by all Lebanese political forces and political leaders, then assign the Lebanese Army (with the mission of investigating the incident). Considering that you all have trust in it. At the very least (assign it) with the investigation. The Lebanese Army, which you trust, will go ahead and carry out its investigations, and then provide the results to everyone.

…Okay, everyone says there is a consensus around the Lebanese Army, okay, then assign the Army with the investigation (mission). Let (the army) go ahead and investigate and then announce the results to the Lebanese people, and not just to the judicial authorities…this is enough to unveil the truth.

Prosecuting those responsible for tragedy is final chance for idea of a ‘Lebanese state’

I also want to add something very important, just as this event (of the explosion) is an exceptional one, today the manner in which the Lebanese state acts in relation to this event will – in our opinion – be fateful. How will it be fateful?

…The Lebanese people will be able, in light of how this event is treated, will be able to come to a conclusion – I am one of those people, as a Lebanese (citizen), who will be able to come to a conclusion on the following matter: is there a state in Lebanon or not? The second question: is there any hope for building a state or there is no hope for building a state (in Lebanon)?

Because I tell you frankly: if the Lebanese state, and the Lebanese political class – whether they are in the (current) ruling government or the opposition – if in this file and matter they fail to reach a result with regards to the investigations, and if they fail to prosecute (those who are responsible), then…(the conclusion will be reached that) there is no hope for building a state.

I don’t want to lead anyone towards hopelessness, I am merely defining (the situation). Yet we need to work so that this hopelessness does not come about. So that we can ensure the existence of hope, so that we can bring about hope ourselves, so that we can sow this hope for the Lebanese.

Today, all the calls for ‘fighting corruption’ (in Lebanon) that use to reach dead ends in the form of say, a corrupt judge here, or a cowardly judge there, or say a side that tries to close a particular investigation and clear up the evidence, or due to say certain considerations, okay, what (obstacle or dead end) will face this matter (i.e. the explosion at Port of Beirut)?

In this matter, it may be revealed that – and yes, a part of it is definitely (related to internal negligence) – meaning that even if it turns out that say, a plane came and struck the Port (thus causing the explosion), or even if it was a pre-planned operation, however, if it turns out that this (ammonium) nitrate had been sitting there at the Port in that manner for 6 or 7 years, that would mean that definitely part of the issue relates back to negligence, shortcomings, and corruption (by certain Lebanese officials). Okay let everyone come forward and fight corruption (here in this issue, which is the most pressing of issues).

If in this issue, all those who claim that they are fighting corruption (in Lebanon) – and we are of those people – fail to do anything, then it means there is no possibility for us to achieve anything (in this regard). Finished. We (then) ought to get up and be honest with the Lebanese people and tell them: ‘there is no possibility for us to do anything, neither to fight corruption, nor confront negligence and the shortcomings, and O’ Lebanese people, you should know that you do not have a state, and there is no possibility of establishing a state, so you should go sort yourself out (on your own)’.

In my opinion, the situation is this grave. So that no one later says that this is a tragedy, and time will (heal) and make people forget e.t.c. As far as we’re concerned, this incident cannot possibly be forgotten, nor is it allowed for anyone to ignore it. This tragedy, this incident, the truth must be uncovered regarding it, and those responsible must be prosecuted, free from all political, sectarian or party protection.

ماذا بعد…؟

معن عدنان الأسعد 

أكتب هذه المقالة و»البورصة» بلغت حتى الآن 135 شهيداً و5200 جريح وعشرات المفقودين وحوالي 300 ألف مهجّر مشرّد…

سأخرج من حالة الغضب الجنونيّ الذي يهزّ كياني وسأحاول قدر المستطاع أن أكون موضوعياً، تحليلياً،

واقعياً…

ماذا حصل؟ وكيف؟ هناك احتمالان، لا ثالث لهما: إما إهمال وفساد ورعونة أدّت الى الكارثة، وإما عمل تخريبيّ في العنبر رقم 12 سواء أكان داخلياً ام خارجياً…

ويمكن إضافة فرضية ثالثة تجمع ما بين الإثنين… فإذا اعتمدنا الفرضية الأولى وهي الفساد، ستكون الأقرب إلى المنطق والعقل، لأنه ممكن جداً حجز وتخزين هذه المواد المرعبة والقاتلة والمدمّرة لمدة طويلة من دون حسيب أو رقيب في ظلّ حالة الفساد المستشري والغطاء السياسي والسبات القضائي…

وطبيعي جداً أن يحصل ما حصل، من تداعيات كارثية،

وفي هذه الحالة فإنّ الحديث عن لجنة تحقيق لتحديد المسؤوليات ومعاقبة المجرمين لن يكون إلا خطابات رنانة وشعراً ورثاء ولجاناً تدفن في الأدراج، والسبب أنّ المسؤول هم معظم الطبقة السياسية الحاكمة المتداخلة في مصالحها التي تتقاسم الجبنة على قاعدة “ع السكين يا بطيخ”، إنْ لم نقل جميعها.

السؤال البديهي: كيف يمكن محاسبة وملاحقة من يتلطى خلف حصانته الرئاسية والنيابية والوزارية والقضائية والطائفية المذهبية؟ خاصة أنّ مفاصل السلطة القضائية هي بيد أمراء الطوائف والمذاهب، الأمر الذي أدّى الى سقوط القضاء في وحول الطائفية والمذهبية والاستزلام لأمراء الفساد والمحاصصة.

إزاء هذا الواقع المرّ والخطير، ليس مطلوباً لجنة تحقيق من دون صلاحيات، وقرارها ليس ملكاً لها، ودورها يقتصر على تنفيذ الأوامر من دون جدال، بل المطلوب أولاً وأخيراً وفوراً إقرار قوانين رفع الحصانات واستعادة الأموال المنهوبة والمهرّبة والإثراء غير المشروع ورفع السرية المصرفية ومحاسبة ومعاقبة كلّ لصّ فاسد مفسد بغضّ النظر عن انتمائه السياسي أو الديني أو المذهبي، أو الطائفي.

عندها فقط سنرى، عصابة اللصوص الوقحة والفاسدة والمرتهنة والظالمة التي تتحكم بالوطن والشعب منذ ثلاثة عقود في السجن.

ولكن هل يتحقق هذا الحلم ويتمّ زجّ الفاسدين وناهبي المال العام والخاص خلف القضبان؟

لا أعتقد ذلك نظراً لوقاحة المسؤولين الحاليين ورؤساء الحكومات والوزراء السابقين والكتل النيابية والإدارات الرسمية، وبالذات الجمارك التي بكلّ فجور ووقاحة تبرّر ما حصل وتبرّئ نفسها وتحاول غسل يديها مما اقترفته بحق شعب ومدينة وتاريخ وحضارة !

وحتى يكتمل “النقل بالزعرور” أصدر مجلس القضاء الأعلى الغائب المغيّب بيانه الذي أقلّ ما يُقال فيه إنه معيب.

الحقيقة المؤلمة هي أنّ انفجار بيروت ليس هو الكارثة فقط، بل الجريمة التي ارتكبتها عصابة اللصوص الوقحة لمدة ثلاثة عقود بحق الوطن والمواطن، فأصبحت المعادلة بكلّ بساطة هي بضع عشرات من السياسيين مقابل ستة ملايين مواطن، ومَن سيبقى في البلد نحن أم هم؟

بالطبع الشعب اللبناني باق، باق، وعليهم هم أن يفلوا أو يُعفنوا في السجن.

وإذا ما انتقلنا الى الفرضية الثانية، أيّ العمل التخريبي أو الإرهابي هو من تسبّب بالانفجار التدميري الدموي إنْ كان

من الداخل أو من الخارج، فهذا يأخذنا الى الشقّ الاستراتيجي والذي يعني بأنّ الأميركي والصهيوني قد استغلا فساد السلطة السياسية اللبنانية واستخدما التخزين الطويل غير المبرّر لهذه المواد المتفجّرة كي يتمّ قصفها ثمّ تحمّل الحكومة الحالية التي يضعها في خانة محور المقاومة المسؤولية تمهيداً لإسقاطها شعبياً ودولياً.

هنا، علينا الوقوف عند الحقائق والثوابت الدامغة التالية:

ـ الحصار الأميركي ومطالبة الحكومة بتنفيذ صفقة القرن المشبوهة والانضمام لبنود “قانون قيصر”، وإلا خنق لبنان اقتصادياً ومالياً ومنع أي كان من مساعدته.

ـ تحريك بعض من في الداخل للمطالبة بتسليم سلاح المقاومة ومحاصرة سورية والهدنة مع العدو الصهيوني تحت شعار الطلب من المجتمع الدولي تطبيق القرارات 1559 و1680 و1701 وصولاً الى رفع شعار “الحياد” من قبل غبطة البطريرك الراعي وطلب القوات المتعددة الجنسيات (طبعاً البطريرك قد يكون معذوراً لأنّ الذهاب شرقاً يعني دخول الدور الروسي بقوة على الساحة اللبنانية، وهو يعتقد أنّ ذلك يعطي دوراً أكبر وأكثر تأثيراً للكنيسة الأرثوذكسية على حساب الكنيسة المارونية).

ـ محاولة إقالة الحكومة خمس مرات آخرها كان منذ حوالي آخر الشهر بتحضير 6 وزراء استقالاتهم وإرسال نائب رئيس مجلس النواب إيلي الفرزلي موفداً إلى الرئيس سعد الحريري، ومن ثم بدء التحضير لإعلان قرار المحكمة الدولية الخاصة بلبنان بموضوع اغتيال الرئيس رفيق الحريري، والذي كان مقرّراً في 7 آب وتمّ تأجيله الى 18 منه بعد انفجار المرفأ، وبالتزامن مع الشرط الأميركي بتوسيع مهام وصلاحيات وعتاد وعديد قوات “اليونيفيل” تحت طائلة عدم تمويلها وسحبها.

ومن ثم تهديد وزير الخارجية الفرنسي لو دريان لرئيس مجلس الوزراء اللبناني حسان دياب والصدمة التي أصابته من النبرة العالية والتعاطي بها معه من قبل الرئيس دياب،

ومن ثم إقالة (وليس استقالة) وزير الخارجية ناصيف حتي بطلب أميركي فرنسي تمهيداً لصدور قرار المحكمة الدولية تحت الفصل السابع والتحضير لاستقالات أخرى، والرسالة الواضحة من المحور المقابل الذي أفشل مخطط إقالة الحكومة عبر تطيير النصاب بالسرعة القياسية غير المسبوقة بتعيين شربل وهبة وزيراً للخارجية مكانه…

ـ إعلان الإقفال العام وعدم التجوّل من 6 آب وحتى 11 منه لإجهاض مفاعيل قرار المحكمة الدولية على الأرض في 7 آب (وليس بسبب كورونا)… وتمّ إلغاؤه بعد الانفجار المهول.

إذن، بات واضحاً انّ الأميركي يملك مفاصل السلطة في لبنان ومحور المقاومة يملك الأرض.

هذا يعني استحالة تنفيذ انقلاب أميركي سياسياً، لأنّ ذلك يعني سقوط لبنان في المحور الروسي الصيني (كما قال جيفري فيلتمان في الكونغرس في 20/11/2019)… وفي توقيت غريب عجيب شكلاً ومضموناً حصل الانفجار الزلزال المروّع في مرفأ بيروت، وكان الرئيس الأميركي

ترامب قد صرّح سابقاً بأنّ المرفأ يُستخدم كمخزن لسلاح المقاومة وانّ رئيس حكومة العدو الصهيوني نتنياهو كان قد صرّح أيضاً بأنّ العنبر رقم 3 يُستخدم كمخزن للأسلحة الدقيقة للمقاومة وأعلن بعد الانفجار مباشرة بأنه يعتقد بأنّ الحدث هو أمني، وقناة “الحدث” السعودية أعلنت عن قصف مخزن سلاح للمقاومة في مرفأ بيروت.

ـ جاءت استقالة النائب مروان حمادة ومطالبته بلجنة تحقيق دولية! (ما أشبه اليوم بالأمس)! والحديث عن استقالات نيابية أخرى مرتقبة، وبيان رؤساء الحكومات السابقين (والذي تلاه فؤاد السنيورة! وأيضاً ما أشبه اليوم بالأمس) بالمطالبة أيضاً بلجنة تحقيق دولية او عربية، وتوّجت بزيارة الرئيس الفرنسي إيمانويل ماكرون السريعة المفاجئة الى لبنان ولقائه ما يمكن تسميته بالمسؤولين والسياسيين الذين كانوا بمعظمهم أمامه كالتلاميذ في المرحلة الابتدائية وطلب منهم الالتزام بشروط المجتمع الدولي وصندوق النقد الدولي، ومن أهمّها إقرار الإصلاحات وتنفيذها وإلا لا مساعدات ولا شيكات على بياض ولا ثقة بالطبقة السياسية، وتقديم المساعدات الحالية ستسلم مباشرة للشعب وليس للسلطة التي فقدت الأهلية والصدقية منذ سنوات. وحذرهم من عدم الالتزام وتنفيذ الأوامر وهو عائد إلى لبنان في أوائل أيلول للمشاركة في احتفالية تأسيس دولة لبنان الكبير.

ـ مطالبة الوزير السابق وليد جنبلاط بلجنة تحقيق دولية (وما أشبه اليوم بالأمس أيضاً وأيضاً).

ـ إعلان اجتماع مجلس الامن الدولي الاثنين المقبل بطلب من الجمعية العمومية للبحث في انفجار بيروت.

ـ بيان كتلة نواب المستقبل عن شكوك خطيرة تحيط بالانفجار وتوقيته وظروفه وموقعه (كما جاء حرفياً).

ومن ثم إعلان المحكمة الدولية تأجيل النطق بالحكم من 7 آب حتى 18 آب…

كلها مؤشرات ومعطيات لا تطمئن وستكون ملتهبة حتى انعقاد المحكمة الدولية في 18 آب وبعدها عودة ماكرون إلى لبنان في زيارة ثانية غير مسبوقة.

مكتب مفوّض الشرق الأوسط للجنة الدولية لحقوق الإنسان طالب بفتح تحقيق دولي لأنّ المعلومات الأولية لديه انّ الانفجار الأول ناجم عن صاروخ “غابرييل” المضاد للسفن أطلقته “إسرائيل” وأنّ الانفجار الثاني ناجم عن صاروخ “دليله” أطلق من طائرة “أف 16”، وبأنّ الشبه كبير بين انفجار عام 2005 الذي اغتيل فيه الرئيس رفيق الحريري والذي أدّى في نهاية المطاف إلى خروج الجيش السوري من لبنان (هذا ما جاء في حرفية بيان اللجنة).

وننهي لنقول:

1 ـ لا قيامة للبنان في ظلّ وجود عصابة اللصوص الوقحة المذهبية والطائفية الميليشياوية الفاسدة المرتهنة الظالمة التي تحكم وطننا، وعلى الشعب ان ينبذ ايّ فاسد ومفسد لأيّ جهة سياسية أو طائفية أو مذهبية انتمى. ولا حلّ إلا بإقرار قوانين رفع الحصانات واستعادة الأموال المنهوبة والإثراء غير المشروع ورفع السرية المصرفية…

2 ـ إنّ القرار الأميركي بتصعيد الأمور الى حدّ الجنون قد اتخذ وأنّ الأميركي ومن يدور في فلكه لن يقبلوا بديلاً عن تسليم سلاح المقاومة وإخراجها من السلطة سياسياً وتحطيم حلفائها…

3 ـ الصراع المقبل لن يتمّ استفراد لبنان فيه فنحن في زمن المحاور وما تستطيع المقاومة أن تفعله في الخاصرة الرخوة للحلف الأميركي الصهيوني المستعرب سيكون مرعباً، ولأول مرة في تاريخ الكيان الصهيوني، ولو أتت كلّ الأساطيل المتعددة الجنسيات…

4 ـ انتهت قاعدة لا غالب ولا مغلوب وحدّد عمر لبنان الذي نعرفه بقرن كامل من عام 1920 وحتى عام 2020، وللأسف لبنان قد عاش هذه المدة الطويلة بالحرام، فالاستقلال لا يُمنح، والكرامة لا تُستجدى…

*محام، الأمين العام للتيار الأسعدي

ماذا يريد ماكرون فعلياً؟

د.وفيق إبراهيم

فرنسا الحالية السياسية والاقتصادية ليست في وضع يسمح لها بإطلاق مبادرة ضخمة لإنقاذ الدولة اللبنانية، ولم تعُد تمتلك النفوذ الدولي ما يؤهلها لإعادة صناعة “لبنان الدولة مرة ثانية”. فهذا يتطلّب مركزاً بين الدول العالمية الأساسية على غرار الولايات المتحدة الأميركية والصين وروسيا، اي بلدان تجمع بين النفوذ الدولي وقوة الاقتصاد والمناعة العالمية، وهذا ما تفتقده فرنسا حالياً.

بما يكشف على الفور ان زيارة الرئيس الفرنسي ماكرون الى لبنان الغريق في فرنكوفونيته تذهب الى واحد من احتمالين: اما إنها تحاول الاحتفاظ بدور على قياسها في السياسة اللبنانية عن طريق بعض المساعدات المقدور عليها وتتيح لها المشاركة في مرحلة ما بعد الحرب في سورية وتمتين وضعها في الصراع على البحر الأبيض المتوسط. اما انها الآلية المقبولة من لبنان لتمرير مشروع غربي لا يريد للبنان أن يذهب بعيداً في بحثه عن بديل للغرب وخصوصاً في الصين وروسيا وإيران.

فأي الاحتمالين هو الأقوى؟

بالتدقيق في مقارباته لضرورة بناء آلية سياسية جديدة في لبنان وتطرقه الى حكومة وحدة وطنية وتأكيده على استمرار الدعم الاقتصادي المباشر من مؤتمر سيدر والصندوق والبنك الدوليين والدول الغربية.

هذا اذاً عرض يربط بين السياسة والاقتصاد انما بعض تقديم مساعدات فرنسية كبيرة تعيد تذكير اللبنانيين بفرنكوفونيتهم القديمة.

بذلك يتضح ان المشروع فرنسي ظاهرياً وأميركي – أوروبي في اهدافه ويرمي الى منع لبنان، خصوصاً بعد تفجير مرفئه الأساسي في بيروت من الإقدام على التعاون مع الصين وروسيا والعراق وايران.

فهناك اهميات للبنان تبدأ حالياً في انه يشكل جزءاً من مياه البحر المتوسط وسواحله، بما يحتويه من كميات معروفة من الغاز وأخرى غير معروفة يقول الخبراء انها تشكل أكبر تجمع غاز معروف في العالم.

هذا بالإضافة الى حساسية آبار الغاز اللبنانية عند حدوده مع فلسطين المحتلة بما يمكن أن تشكله من دفع لحروب في الاقليم قد تؤدي الى وقف انتاج الغاز ليس فقط في الكيان الاسرائيلي ولبنان وانما في قبرص واليونان امتداداً الى ليبيا ومصر، فيتحكم بذلك حلف الغاز الذي يدعمه الاميركيون بين مصر و”اسرائيل” وقبرص واليونان وبعض الدول الاوروبية. فهذا حلف يبني عليه الاميركيون لوقف التمدد الروسي المعني كثيراً بهذا الأمر لان بلاده هي الدولة الاولى في انتاج الغاز في العالم. وتعرف ان حلف الغاز الاميركي في المتوسط إنما هو مبني لوقف الهيمنة الروسية على اسواق استهلاك الغاز في اوروبا.

كيف يفكر الفرنسيون؟

يعتبر ماكرون أن حزب الله اصبح حقيقة سياسية في لبنان والإقليم لا يمكن تجاوزه. لذلك فإن بناء آلية سياسية لبنانية تضم كل مكوّنات لبنان السياسية والطائفية هي إنقاذ للدور الغربي في لبنان من خلال الإصرار على التمثيل للقوى اللبنانية الموالية لهم على شاكلة الحريرية وجعجع والكتائب والاشتراكي.

بذلك يتأمن توازن سياسي داخلي مدعوم غربياً يمنع اي سياسات لبنانية جديدة نحو الصين وروسيا، ويفرض هدنة بين لبنان والكيان الإسرائيلي ويعرقل فتح الحدود السورية بوظائفها الاقتصادية وإذا سمح باستعمالها فللعراق فقط وفي إطار بعض التبادلات النفطية.

يحاول ماكرون إذاً ومعه النفوذ الغربي العام الاستفادة من مميزات لبنان على مستوى الموقع المتوسطي والجوار مع فلسطين المحتلة وسورية استخدامه في الصراعات الحالية والمقبلة على مصادر الطاقة.

لكن هناك مَن يضيف بأن مشروع ماكرون الاقتصادي – السياسي يخفي توقاً فرنسياً لإعادة الاعتماد على لبنان السياسي لأداء دور اقتصادي فرنسي كبير في الشرق الاوسط.

هنا يعرف ماكرون أن لبنان بتنوعه السياسي هو الوحيد في منطقة الشرق الاوسط القادر على ايصال حلفائه الى إيران والسعودية وربما امكنة اخرى.

واذا كان ماكرون قادراً على الوصول الى الرياض بامكانات دولته، فإن رحلته نحو سورية والعراق وإيران واليمن تتطلب مرشداً خبيراً وحليفاً لهذا الخط الطويل.

هذا ينطبق تماماً على حزب الله الوحيد الذي يستطيع فتح أبواب هذه الدول لفرنسا. اما لماذا يريد ماكرون التسلل الى هذه الدول؟

فهذا عائد الى انها تحتاج الى عمليات اعادة اعمار ضخمة تستطيع فرنسا بواسطتها العودة الى قطبية عالمية فعلية، فإعمار هذا الخط يتطلب آلاف مليارات الدولارات ويرتبط بتقارب سياسي بين هذه الدول والبلدان الراغبة في المشاركة. بما يؤكد ان حزب الله هو أفضل مؤدٍ لهذا الدور لعلاقاته البنيوية بخط مقاومة عميق جداً.

لكن ماكرون لن يتجرأ على البوح برغبات بلاده، بما يدفعه الى بناء سياسات هادئة تبتدئ من لبنان الفرنكوفوني ولبنان المنتمي الى حزب الله من دون اي كشف للأهداف الاقتصادية العميقة. وعندما تصل المنطقة الى مرحلة إعادة إعمار تكون فرنسا الهادئة سياسياً من المحظوظين القادرين على ايجاد مساحات للاقتصاد الفرنسي وربما الألماني أيضاً الذي يقبع في خلفية المشهد.

هل تنجح هذه المحاولات؟ هناك مَن يراهن على مرحلة ما بعد الانتخابات الأميركية والإسرائيلية مع انتظار بضعة أشهر بعد تنفيذها لبدء عصر التسويات في الشرق الأوسط.

Devastating Beirut Explosion: An Accident or Something More Sinister?

By Stephen Lendman

Global Research, August 05, 2020

On Tuesday, a massive explosion rocked Beirut, Lebanon’s port area.

Scores were killed, thousands wounded, dozens of people missing, along with widespread destruction and damage.

According to Lebanese authorities, around 2,700 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate were stored in a port area warehouse for six years without proper safety precautions — an unacceptable ticking time bomb.

The material is used in agricultural fertilizers and dynamite. Its detonation is believed to have caused what happened, perhaps by a negligent spark.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun convened the country’s High Defense Council to discuss how to deal with the disaster.

Lebanon’s Daily Star reported that rescue workers dug through rubble overnight searching for bodies and survivors, adding:

The high death and injury toll is expected to rise. A two-week state of emergency was declared.

The port of Lebanon and surrounding areas resembled the aftermath of a powerful bomb blast.

At least three Beirut hospitals were destroyed, two others damaged, a devastating blow to the city’s hard-pressed healthcare system when thousands injured from the blast need treatment, including surgery.

According to the Red Cross, dozens of wounded people are in critical condition. The organization is providing treatment for non-critical injuries.

President of Beirut’s Order of Nurses Mirna Doumit said what happened was a “catastrophe” to Lebanon’s “already bleeding” healthcare system, adding:

“I don’t find words to describe what happened. It’s like we are in a horror film.”

American University of Beirut’s Nasser Yassin said Lebanon needs international help to cope with what happened, adding:

“Like many issues for the last few months, we’ve seen the Lebanese government not taking the right decisions when it comes to the economy, or finances or social issues.”

“And I can imagine that this disaster, this catastrophe, will be dealt by the way Lebanese people do – relying on themselves and the support of their communities.”

According to Germany’s GFZ geosciences center, Tuesday’s blast was the equivalent of a 3.5 magnitude earthquake.Beirut Is Burning: Rebellion Against the Elites Has Commenced

A personal note: I experienced an earthquake of this magnitude over half a century ago in San Diego, CA.

I was in my 10th floor’s office at the time. Everything shook violently for what seemed like an eternity.

It was only around a minute or two. On the phone at the time, my initial reaction was to get under my desk to avoid falling ceiling debris that didn’t happen.

Damage reported in the city was minor. I, others in my office, and family feared something serious was happening, fortunately not so.

Major destruction and damage in Beirut affected around a four-square-mile area. It was heard and felt scores of miles distant from the port of Beirut.

An investigation was initiated to determine the cause and who bears responsibility.

Import traffic was diverted to the port of Tripoli. Most likely what happened was caused by negligence, not terrorism or another form of attack. The fullness of time will tell more.

Ammonium nitrate was responsible for deadly explosions in Tianjin, China (2015), North Korea’s Ryongchon rail station (2004) Toulouse, France (2001), Galveston Bay in the port of Texas City (1947), Oppau, Germany (1921), and Faversham, UK (1916).

The port of Lebanon is the country’s import/export hub. Vitally needed wheat supplies stored there were destroyed.

Massive destruction and damage,  along with the loss of essential food supplies dealt a major blow to already dire economic conditions in the country.

While negligence most likely was responsible for what happened, possible sabotage or something as sinister can’t be ruled out.

Lebanon has the misfortune of bordering Israel. According to the Netanyahu regime, Hezbollah controls the port of Beirut.

While no obvious Israeli fingerprints are on what happened, Tuesday’s blast was reminiscent on February 14, 2005.

At the time, a powerful car bomb blast killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 20 others, scores injured.

The blast left a 30-foot-wide/six-foot-deep crater. Syria, then Hezbollah, were falsely blamed for what happened, four Hezbollah members wrongfully indicted by a Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in the Netherlands.

Israel was responsible for what happened, targeted killings one of its specialties.

At the time, Hezbollah-intercepted Israeli aerial surveillance footage and audio evidence showed Hariri’s route on the day of his assassination.

Criminal law expert Hasan Jouni called its evidence compelling.

North Lebanon Bar Association head Antoine Airout said “revelations by Hezbollah (were) very serious and objective.”

Syria and Hezbollah had nothing to gain from what happened. Israel clearly benefitted, including by false accusations against its enemies.

At the time, Middle East journalist Patrick Seale said “(i)f Syria (or Hezbollah) killed (Hariri), it must be judged an act of political suicide…hand(ing) (their) enemies a weapon with which to deliver (a destabilizing) blow.”

Israel’s fingerprints were all over what happened, Hezbollah falsely blamed.

While vast destruction and damage in Beirut on Tuesday most likely was caused by negligence, possible Israeli (or US) involvement can’t be ruled out.

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Sayyed Nasrallah: Hezbollah Has Nothing to Do with Beirut Port, The Resistance is Greater than Being Attacked by Liars

Sayyed Nasrallah: Hezbollah Has Nothing to Do with Beirut Port, The Resistance is Greater than Being Attacked by Liars
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By Zeinab Essa

Beirut – Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Friday a speech in which he tackled Beirut Port tragedy resembled by the blast that targeted the Lebanese capital port on August 4. 

Considering that “What happened in Beirut is a huge humanitarian and national catastrophe by all standards,” Sayyed Nasrallah expressed sympathy and offered condolences to all the families of the martyrs, the injured, the lost and the displaced ones.

He further asked Al-Mighty God a speedy recovery for all the injured and patience to all people affected in this catastrophe. 

“This blast was cross-confessional as there are martyrs from all sects,” His Eminence added, pointing out that “The repercussions of the catastrophe are very serious and have major social, health and economic impacts.”

As the Resistance Leader stressed that “This tragedy needs exceptional approach at all levels,” he further praised “the popular solidarity among the Lebanese people.”

“In this tragedy, the popular scene has appeared to stand by each other, as the civil agencies and institutions were present on the ground from the first hour,” His Eminence said.

Meanwhile, Sayyed Nasrallah declared that “Hezbollah, with all its institutions, individuals, and capabilities is at the disposal of the Lebanese state and our people.”

Denouncing the fact that “The entire country was besieged by the Americans and not only a single party”, he declared that “Hezbollah is ready to help every family that has lost its home and needs temporary alternative housing.”

“At the international level, we witnessed great sympathy. We thank all the countries that sent aid,” Hezbollah Secretary General underscored, mentioning that “The most prominent international scene was the visit of the French President to Lebanon, and we look positively to every visit and aid.”

In addition, Sayyed Nasrallah hoped that “The international scene opens an opportunity for Lebanon to emerge from the siege and hardship that Lebanon is passing through. The international dealing with the incident is an opportunity and it should not be missed. We must look for the opportunities that the blast has generated.”

On the internal political level, Sayyed Nasrallah affirmed that “In front of such catastrophe, the parties in any country would suspend their disputes. Unfortunately, in Lebanon, since the first hour of the tragedy, some local and Arab media and some political forces came out and fabricated that the amber is a Hezbollah ammunition storehouse.” 
“Those who insisted that there was a Hezbollah arms depot sought to tell the Lebanese people that Hezbollah is to blame and this is a false accusation,” he added, stating: “We do neither manage the port, nor do we interfere in it, and we do not know what is inside it.”
As His Eminence clarified that Hezbollah and its people were affected by the tragedy as some of its people and supporters were martyred and injured, Sayyed Nasrallah “categorically and firmly denied that there is nothing for Hezbollah in the port, neither a weapon store, nor a gun, nor nitrates; not in the past and not now.”

Slamming the fact that “Lebanon has witnessed a great political exploitation of the incident,” Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated that “Any claims that Hezbollah runs the Beirut Port are lies.”

“The investigations are underway and the facts will emerge quickly because the matter is not complicated,” His Eminence added, noting that “Hezbollah might have knowledge of what exists at Haifa’s port, but not at Beirut’s port, because this is not our responsibility.”

Moreover, His Eminence said: “I don’t want to engage in any debates with anyone. This is a moment for solidarity and cooperation.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also urged fair punishment on anyone who the investigation shows involved in the incident, away from any accounts or affiliations. “It should not be allowed during the investigation to protect anyone or hide the facts.” 

In parallel, His Eminence called on the “Lebanese people to hold accountable the media channels that instigated and sought to push the country into the edge of civil war.”

“All security agencies can take part in a joint investigation. The Lebanese Army, which everyone says they trust, can carry out the investigation,” he added, underscoring that “The most important point is investigation and accountability.”

Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say: “If the Lebanese state, with all its authorities, has not been to reach a conclusion in the investigation and trial, then there is no hope of building a state. I’m one of those who believe that the approach towards this incident would decide whether or not there is hope in building a state in Lebanon.”

To all those who opened a battle with Hezbollah and the axis of resistance, on the basis of the blast incident, Sayyed Nasrallah sent a clear message: “You will reach nowhere.”

“This resistance, with its credibility and the confidence of the Lebanese people in it, in its performance, strength, as well as its national and regional position, is greater than being attacked by some oppressors, liars, and civil war-seekers,” he assured, pointing out that: “From the womb of the tragedy, chances could be born, and the international approach towards the recent incident is a chance that must be seized by the Lebanese state and people. We can get out of this crisis stronger and more determined to win.”

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IOF Shoots Down Own Drone Over Occupied Golan Heights, Suspecting It Came From Lebanon

IOF Shoots Down Own Drone Over Occupied Golan Heights, Suspecting It Came From Lebanon

By Staff, Agencies

The “Israeli” army said on Friday it shot down an “Israeli” Occupation Force [IOF] drone overnight near Jabal al-Shaykh [Mount Hermon] in the occupied Golan Heights after suspecting that it came from Lebanese territory.

The army said it is investigating the incident which happened overnight.

Later, warning sirens sounded Friday morning in several settlements in the [Galilee], near the “Israeli” entity’s border with Lebanon, but the IOF said no rockets were fired at the entity.

In a statement, the IOF said the sirens were activated over a suspected intrusion into “Israeli” entity territory by a drone, which later turned out to be false.

This comes amid heightened tension in the region, as the “Israeli” entity fears Hezbollah would retaliate the killing last month of one of its fighters in an “Israeli” airstrike in Syria.

The IOF had raised its level of readiness on the border, as military officials work to assess the impact of a massive explosion at Beirut port on Tuesday, which killed dozens of people.

المقاومة واثقة ومطمئنة والأولويّة لفكرة الدولة

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عندما يضع الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله الأولوية لبناء الدولة، سواء بإثبات التحقيق الشفاف والنزيه أو في المحاكمة العادلة في قضية تفجير مرفأ بيروت وتحديد المسؤوليات فيه. وعندما يتمسك السيد نصرالله بالترفع عن السجالات مانحاً الفرصة لتضميد الجراح، فذلك لأن السيد نصرالله أجاب عن ثلاثة أسئلة ضمناً أسست للمعادلة التي طرح خلالها بناء الدولة كامتحان سياسي ومصيري يواجه لبنان واللبنانيين، في ضوء كارثة التفجير في المرفأ، والسؤال الأول حول حجم فرضية وقوف عدوان إسرائيلي وراء التفجير، والسؤال الثاني حول حظوظ الرهانات الداخلية والخارجية على تحقيق دولي في جريمة التفجير يفتح الباب للمزيد من الحصار حول المقاومة، والسؤال الثالث حول المداخلات الدولية في ضوء التفجير، وعلى رأسها زيارة الرئيس الفرنسي امانويل ماكرون وما حمله إلى بيروت بالأصالة عن نفسه وبالوكالة عن الأميركيين.

في الإجابة عن السؤال الأول، أورد السيد نصرالله جوابه ضمناً، بتقديمه فرضيّة وقوف عمل “إسرائيلي” مدبّر وراء التفجير، ضمن إطار محاولات متسرّعة للتحريض على المقاومة بالإيحاء أن الاستهداف ناتج عن وجود مخازن ذخيرة أو صواريخ للمقاومة في المرفأ، ولم يعط السيد لهذه الفرضية أي أهمية ولم يتعامل معها بصفتها محوراً رئيسياً يستحق النقاش، بينما توقف أمام ما يريده الذين وجهوا الاتهامات للمقاومة بامتلاك منظومة سلاح في مرفأ بيروت، ونفى الاتهامات جملة وتفصيلاً، بحيث بدا أن همه وتركيزه هما على الرأي العام اللبناني كي لا يقع ضحية تضليل وأكاذيب، أكثر من أنه يتعامل بجديّة مع فرضية اليد الإسرائيلية في التفجير، وذلك يبدو عائداً للثقة بما لدى السيد نصرالله، من “إسرائيل” في حال ذعر لدرجة يستحيل أن تقدم على عمل طائش يمنح المقاومة مبرر ضربات تهدّد الأمن الاستراتيجي لكيان الاحتلال.

بالثقة نفسها بقوة المقاومة، كان السيد نصرالله يتعامل مع الحملات المنظمة والمبرمجة للدعوة لتحقيق دولي، داعياً أصحابها من موقع الحرص على التحقيق إلى التعاون في الالتفاف حول الجيش كمرجعيّة يلتقي اللبنانيون على الثقة بها، أكثر من قلقه من وجود أساس يمنح دعوات التحقيق الدولي ما يدعو للقلق، فالمقاومة أقوى بكثير من عام 2005، وما يحلم به البعض من تكرار لسيناريو التحقيق الدولي، والوضع الإقليمي والوضع الدولي مختلفان كلياً لصالح المقاومة وحلفائها، وبالتالي لا قلق من أن يجد المتربصون فرصاً جدية لمشاريعهم، التي ستبقى سراباً يلاحقونه، ليحصدوا الخيبة كما حصدوها سابقاً، ولكن هذه المرة استباقاً.

اللافت في حديث السيد نصرالله منح الصفة الإيجابيّة لزيارة الرئيس الفرنسي، ولكل الانفتاح الدولي على لبنان، والذي يتبدّى بإشارات لم تعُد محصورة بالرئيس الفرنسي، فالرئيس الأميركي ليل أمس، أبلغ الرئيس ميشال عون استعداده للمشاركة في مؤتمر بالفيديو سيدعو له الرئيس الفرنسي للمساهمة في إعمار لبنان، ودول الخليج التي قاطعت الحكومة والعهد ترفع الحظر وترسل الطائرات وتقرّر فتح الباب أمام المساعدات، والسيد ينظر لكل ذلك بعين اعتباره فرصة أمام لبنان من دون أن يساوره القلق من أثمان سياسية ستطلب مقابل الاستعداد لتقديم المساعدة. وهذا ليس مجرد منح فرصة للنيات الحسنة، فلدى المقاومة من الخبرة الإقليمية والدولية، ومن المعرفة بدرجة قوتها، ونقاط ضعف أعدائها، ومن المعلومات حول الرسائل المتبادلة بين محور المقاومة، والمحور الذي تقوده واشنطن، ما يتيح للمقاومة وللسيد نصرالله خصوصاً، معرفة أي لحظة سياسية يكون الانفتاح فيها مشروع تطويق وضغط وابتزاز، وأي لحظة سياسية يكون فيها اعترافاً للمقاومة بالحجم والدور وسعياً للتشبيك معها.

كلام السيد نصرالله أمس، وضع نقاطاً جديدة على حروف موازين القوة، وطمأن بيئة المقاومة إلى حجم شعور مقاومتهم بالقوة والثقة، في مرحلة تحمل الكثير من الأسئلة حول المخاطر.

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