SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 5 December 2021, Sunday |

“Sawt Beirut International” news bulletin for Friday, October 22, 2021

In today’s news bulletin:

  • What is the relationship between the Lebanese Forces and Tripoli?
  • Did the navigation stopped at night at the airport?
  • Is garbage invading the streets of the capital again?

The atmosphere in the country is uncomfortable, and there are no signs of a thaw on the horizon. The financial situation returns to its deterioration. The dollar records sharp fluctuations daily after the exchange rate was established in the range of twenty thousand pounds.

Politically, the government is incapable of meeting, and its president is unable to invite the ministers to meet again. In parallel, there is a return to a plan based on fabricating files on a particular political group, specifically the Lebanese Forces. The summoning of the government commissioner to the military court, Fadi Akiki, asking head of the Lebanese Forces party, Samir Geagea, to testify, reminds of what happened in 1994, after the bombing of the Our Lady of Salvation Church. Have we returned to the policy of fabricating files, as it was in the days of the joint Lebanese-Syrian security system? There is no doubt that something will happen. And the proof: the remarkable visit of the Armed Forces Commander General Joseph Aoun to the patriarchal edifice today. Also, it is noteworthy the tweet issued by the Maronite Patriarchate, which recalls part of the sermon of Patriarch Al-Rahi last Sunday. It’s an interesting tweet for two reasons. The first is formal, as the Maronite Patriarchate rarely re-publishes excerpts from the patriarch’s sermon five days after it was delivered. The second reason is related to the content.

The patriarchal statement reminds of what happened in 1975 and 1994. The patriarchate spoke of isolating a group, which is what happened when the Lebanese war began after April 13, 1975. The Patriarchate talked about fabricating files, which is what happened with the Lebanese Forces party four years after the end of the war. Are we destined, with such a corrupt and criminal system, to always go backwards instead of moving forward? Did we, along with Hezbollah, always retreat to the darkness of the deep past instead of seeing the lights of the future? Hezbollah is returning Lebanon to a time of civil war and mobile strife, so beware!