Is Lebanon on the Brink of a Civil War?

Posted: December 9, 2009 in Miscellaneous Reports

The political situation in the country can lead to a street battle, and lebanese people are well aware of a persist civil war
Straight after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Lebanon, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s visited Riyadh Sunday to meet with King Abdullah bin Abdel-Aziz of Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi-Syrian meeting came on the heels of a three-year rapprochement between the two countries that started in Doha, Qatar, in May 2008.

Saudi and Syria

With both sovereigns ought to be alert to any attempts to break their relationship of purpose in addressing the critical situation in Lebanon, is there any regional party who is willing to break the hegemony of both leaders in the country and stage a continuos civil war?

Students interviewed in the Lebanese American University campus were totally acknowledging the critical situation in the country, specially after the recent visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the southern part of the country near the Israel’s border.

Farah Jamal, 25, LAU Ex-Student from Lebanon, says “if they are planning for another civil war, I would suggest them to explode this country with a nuclear bomb. It is much cheaper, and faster in resulting massive damages than a civil war can actually do!” Jouni is now residing in New York city said, ” the country might transforms to the Islamic Republic of Lebanon. Maybe after Ahmadinejad’s visit.”

Noor shalabi, 25, Jordanian, objects thoughts of a civil war as a solution to settle down the critical situation in the country saying,”if a civil war is stepping into a process, then Lebanese people should war their country to death. I am somehow very judgmental and offensive in discussing critical issues in the country and the attempts of another civil war. It is just because I have experienced two wars since I moved here in 2005 for studying. I need to graduate. After then, if they are willing to stage a civil war, then let them do.”

Miriam Mahdi, 23, shares the horrifying moments of the last civil war between government supporters and members of Hezboullah opposition. “war talks are never guarantied in Lebanon. It is more abroad than sects, religion, or the lebanese resistance.I remember the day before the 2008 civil war starts, I was peacefully in a deep sleep under my warmth blanket. Suddenly I woke up on a phone call from the Saudi Embassy ordering me to leave my place and take the road immediately to the Embassy in Quraitem. After leaving the country I came back to continue my study. And I just can’t wait to leave it and go back safe to my family in Saudi. ”

For most Arab leaders, the Iranian-Hezbollah relationship represents everything they fear for their own tenure. And for many Lebanese that relationship represents their first fear.

Sara Algarab, 22, expresses her increased worries about “the growing influence of Hezbollah in the country. Maybe veiled women will be the majority. Liberalism will be oppressed, and a civil war can be a good solution to stop it all!”

Iranian-backed Hezbollah in Hariri’s international tribunal, and the Lebanese resistance in itself questioned the credibility of the ongoing investigation that could be manipulated by Israel’s spies.

Rana Aboud, 23, Jordanian, says ” the ongoing investigations concerning Hariri’s February assassination can easily drag the country into a civil war that could extend to decades, in the case if anything went wrong in making the final accusations.”

Lina M, 21, Lebanese, states that “from September 11 terrorist attacks to Hariri’s February assassination are all Israeli conspiracies. Hezbollah should respectively exonerated from all charges effective immediately. These are all Israeli projects coming out fresh from the Israeli lobby.”

Lina believes that if their is any war attempts in the country it would be part of the wider Israel-Lebanon Conflict which has its roots back first Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1978. ” Lebanese people are done from war. We are rebuilding our country. We want to celebrate peaceful Lebanon. We had enough. It is time for us to live without war obsession.”

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