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Sawt Beirut International’s News Bulletin – Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021

A brief of tonight’s news bulletin:

  • The government’s formation is at its slowest pace due to a disagreement over energy and justice.
  • Lebanon’s doctors visits patients on foot
  • From traditional medicine to complementary and alternative medicine… Is the Lebanese people’s health in jeopardy?

Officials are occupied. They’re preoccupied with forming a government that has been in the works for almost a year and may not be established: they start with ministerial quotas and finish with whether or not subsidies should be halted. And the citizen is the one who is most affected. In the meanwhile, only Hezbollah is formulating a far-reaching strategy. He understands exactly what he wants and examines his alternatives and acts accordingly. The Lebanese state is gradually disintegrating, while its replacement state is being built step by step. His last steps: presenting the Iranian ship to the Lebanese as a solution to the country’s fuel shortage.

Hezbollah understands that the Iranian ships are not a long-term or radical answer, but he wants them as a means or instrument to improve his image in relation to the Lebanese state. The party, which is heavily involved in the region’s wars, recognizes that significant and many changes are on their way, and that these changes will alter systems if not maps. As a result, he improves his bargaining position by executing a defined project: federalism. Of course, the party pretends to be against federalism in public speeches, but in reality, it is working tirelessly to resolve this issue. On this foundation, the party developed everything in his areas: educationally, health-wise, hospital-wise, monetarily, economically, and socially.

It isn’t even taking into account the massive military-security component. The Hezbollah regions would serve as a model for how federalism is implemented in Lebanon. The Iranian ship of fuel, which may be regarded the vessel of the proclamation of federalism, is the final model of federation in the Hezbollah style.

How much longer will Hezbollah deceive the Lebanese by claiming to be against federalism while it is one of the most vocal proponents of it in practice and on the ground? And, most significantly, how much longer will Hezbollah maintain its deadly ambiguity in all things and situations, saying one thing and doing the opposite?

  • Sawt Beirut International