| 29 May 2024, Wednesday |

Lebanon contemplates Pope’s visit after the failure of Aoun

The accumulation of great anger increased the burdens of suffering exponentially and weakened the immunity of the corroded capabilities of the people to the maximum extent, confronting all consecutive financial, economic and social collapses.

The Lebanese regained the closest and most identical version of the beginnings of the October 17, 2019, through “Monday Rage”, which reflected a massive and widespread return of protest expression across regions, sects and classes of all kinds.

The new day of anger, whose date was chosen on the first day of the week, seemed to actually be the biggest scene of protest since the downfall of the main revolution, which its decline is due to various reasons, the most prominent of which is the outbreak of the pandemic.

The protest movement regained its strong momentum throughout the hours of the day, from early morning to the advanced hours of the night, along the governorates, districts, cities, main roads and across all the country from north to south through the capital, the mountain and the Bekaa.

The message seemed resounding, requiring no explanations, readings and judgments, except for those who live in the amazing world of denial and have no choice but to throw the consequences of the disasters they did upon the Lebanese, similar to what was invented by the presidential-ministerial-security meeting at Baabda Palace yesterday, in which the Lebanese have not yet found a clear explanation for the positions and decisions issued, since they fall within the framework of unnecessary necessity or washing hands of the consequences of the collapse that brought people back to the street.

On the island of “Aoun-stan”, which is separated from earth and disconnected from the people’s pains, the lack of awareness is no longer the “misfortune” of the Lebanese, but rather their “greater” misfortune because they know that the ruling covenant knows for sure what misfortunes it caused to them, yet it continues to engage in a policy of stupidity, crush and humiliation of people on the altar of denial and shirking of responsibilities.

The Baabda Palace meeting yesterday, despite what it reflected in a form of presidential – economic – financial – security contradiction, but in essence it only resulted in more blindness to the facts and escaping from the treatment of the crisis to the extent that a former Aounist fighter did not conceal his grief over the end of that struggle that began with Michel Aoun in the image of a ‘revolutionary general’ in the late 80s, and has become today analogous to dictatorial rulers who have threatened revolutionaries with repression and persecution on the ground, “inch by inch”, as deposed Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi said the day after the outbreak of the popular revolution in his country.

And in light of the aggravation of the economic and financial collapse, accompanied by an increase in political clashes over the government formal, without any positivity, and also by the escalation of popular protest in the street, Pope Francis announcement at the end of his visit to Iraq that “his next trip will be to Lebanon”, sent some hope that the concerned people would be affected by this papal will and the rush to overcome differences and exchange concessions in a way that facilitates the governmental birth, and put the country on the path of recovery.

In a statement he made on the plane to the Sky News Arabia correspondent, the Pope said: “My next trip will be to Lebanon”.

“Lebanon is in crisis and has a weakness resulting from diversity, but it has the strength of the people”, he added.

“Patriarch Al-Rahi asked me on this trip to stop in Beirut. Lebanon today is in crisis and I do not want to detract from anyone. It is a crisis of existence… and this will be the motivation for my next trip”, he concluded.

  • Sawt Beirut International