| 19 June 2021, Saturday | النسخة العربية

Will Iran relinquish Hezbollah militia in Lebanon?

One cannot say that Hezbollah could be identified with Lebanon and its people; the armed sectarian party affiliated with Iran actually holds grudges against the Lebanese State and society and has carried out acts that affected the country’s reputation and standing among foreign countries.

Moreover, the shockwaves that afflicted Lebanon’s economy and the work of its institutions are all associated – both quantitatively and qualitatively – with Hezbollah’s acts. This militia did not only control the Lebanese State but it has also set up a corrupt system within the State.

Negotiations being currently held in Austria between Iran and the United States make it plausible to think about Iran’s options to lift sanctions on it and therefore, Tehran’s ability to relinquish its militias exists, chief among them are militias of Hezbollah which is the “enemy” of peace in the region, according to U.S. and European officials. This group operates on the political scene in Lebanon, but in conformity with a complete Iranian scheme.

After Lebanese Army Commander, General Joseph Aoun, was welcomed at the Elysee and was invited to visit London and after his meeting with Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon, Walid Bukhari, at the latter’s residence, it seems that Arabs and the West aim to strengthen the army so its legitimate weapons will be exclusively held by the military institution in Lebanon.

A media political campaign launched by Iranian agents in Lebanon is undoubtedly targeting LAF commander Aoun, just like any other campaign against all those who make sovereign proposals in the country.

Lebanon will be holding presidential elections soon, and President Michel Aoun and his party will leave office. Seeking to prevent any Tehran-affiliated candidate from reaching the Baabda Palace, foreign countries may want to say that the army commander is the candidate who will rescue Lebanon.

The strange yet not surprising thing is that the Lebanese president is acquiring new powers on a daily basis as he meddles in the judiciary and tries to bring together the head of the State Council and the Governor of the Central Bank.

But here begs the question: where had the president’s powers been previously and why hadn’t he bring together security officials as well as port and customs officials when he had known about the presence of ammonium nitrates at the port before they exploded and destroyed Lebanon?

Despite all tragedies in Lebanon, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) – although it has not met the Lebanese people’s aspirations – remains a beacon of hope amidst all darkness surrounding the political assassinations.

The killer will rest when he knows for sure that this tribunal stopped being operational while dozens of files of assassinations remain empty and shelved at the Place of Justice and while Aoun’s ruling party wants, as instructed by Hezbollah and Iran, to shut down this tribunal on the pretext of “a lack of funding”, thus covering up the truth and protecting the accused Hezbollah criminals from legal prosecution.