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“Sawt Beirut International” news bulletin for Wednesday, December 22, 2021

A brief of today’s news bulletin:

  • Are there hidden pitfalls in front of the expatriate voting?
  • Is Bassil and his Parliament bloc in danger in the Parliamentary elections?
  • Will the Internet become a privilege for wealthy people?

Once again, the Free Patriotic Movement proves its failure in politics and unawareness of the reality of the Lebanese structure. Gebran Bassil believed when his uncle came to power that he will be able to rule Lebanon, dominate, defy everyone, and impose his word and strength over everyone.

He believed that his understanding with Hezbollah will enable him to do what he wants whenever he wants. This is how Bassil disagreed with the Lebanese Forces and the Marada, and lost the Christian support. Then he engaged in severe clashes from time to time either with Walid Jumblatt or with Nabih Berri, most of which came out as a disappointed loser. Finally, he entered into a battle with his Sunni ally, Saad Hariri, and his sole ally was Hezbollah.

But what Bassil did not recognize is that Hezbollah does not consider him on the top of its priorities. The Wilayat al-Faqih Party moves according to the following priorities: Unity of the Shiite arena, avoiding Sunni-Shiite strife, and then its understanding with the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM). Therefore, the son-in-law in this prosaic covenant comes in the third place in the party’s priority list.

The aforementioned order is what explains how Hezbollah did not support the head of the FPM in its battle with the Constitutional Council, leaving Nabih Berri to deal a fatal blow to him and his movement. What will Basil do in this case? Will he dismiss his alliance with Hezbollah, or he is unable to do so for a thousand reasons?

Bassil and the Free Patriotic Movement as a whole have become hostages of the party for a long time, whether politically or financially, and therefore, they have no ability to disengage from the Yellow Party, the most dangerous in Lebanon’s history.

Just as Hassan Nasrallah is a soldier in the Wilayat al-Faqih army, Basil is a soldier in Nasrallah’s army. Is it possible for a small soldier to rebel against his Commander in Chief?