| 3 March 2024, Sunday |

The political dance on citizens’ wounds

The “who wants to be a millionaire” TV show, in both its Arabic and Foreign versions, the contestant has the right to call a friend to help him in finding the right answer, within 30 seconds.

Unfortunately, some Lebanese politicians have transferred the government forming procedure into a “game”, and quoted from it in a Stale way and not in a Smart one, at a time, the Lebanese mood is a long way far from any kind of humor.

It all started with the Secretary General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, who requested a friend’s help, President Nabih Berre. Two steps taken by the Head of the Free Patriotic Movement Gobran Bassil, led to this request’s failure. The first, when he criticized Berri’s envoy to Bayyada, Ali hassan Khalil, where meetings were held at Bassil’s residency, through leaking info about replacing the later with another negotiator, but when this plan failed, basil moved to failure’s plan B, where he called Berri, an unhonest mediator.

But what Bassil missed, was on how to call “the friend”, as practically, how can one connect with Nasrallah? Bassil knows very well that the aim of his request is to embarrass the man and not to find a way out, and he knows well that the Shiite’s Duo is much more valuable than Mar Mikhail agreement between Hezbollah and the Aounist Tayyar, and thus, playing smart or intelligent will lead nowhere vis a vis a governmental formation.

So, what does this mean?

It is just rotating in a vicious circle.

Bassil is fully aware that Nasrallah will not give up on Berri, so what is this born dead suggestion for? And where is the wisdom in playing in the extra time?

In private information to “Sawt Beirut International”, there is an unstated agreement between the formation’s parties, because none of them benefits from having a government now, no matter what people are suffering due to this indifference and negligence.

Any government formation will put it face to face with public opinion and will lead to its popular loss, as its staff are waiting for the critical parliamentary elections due next May.

Thus, the sources add to “Sawt Beirut International”, the most appropriate situation for the political class is to maintain a status quo, even at the expense of people’s pain and needs.