An “Arab Spring” threatens Lebanon!

Protest against the "garbage crisis" that lasts for mid-July (Beirut, 10/23/2015).
Protest against the “garbage crisis” that lasts for mid-July (Beirut, 10/23/2015).

Since mid-July, Lebanon has faced what is called the “garbage crisis”, an unprecedented health crisis, caused by the closure of major landfills in the country and the maturity of the contract of the garbage collection company. Since then, the country has seen an increase in the number of dumps which is very dangerous for the health and environment this caused citizen’s anger against the state, accusing it of failing to fulfill its basic responsibilities in basic public services.

The protests resulted in a significant series of regular civic events since last August, the social demands now slide towards a more comprehensive denunciation of the Lebanese political system, which is accused of widespread corruption.

Faced with these developments, many voices expressed their concerns over the political exploitation of these events by Western agendas, as was the case during what was called the “Arab Spring” which was detrimental to the legitimate demands of the Lebanese.

Indeed, the garbage problem is just the tip of the iceberg and there is no doubt that the country is experiencing a catastrophic situation on all fronts. A dysfunctional, corrupt, and divided government (since May 2014, Lebanon has had a lack of political agreement between its parties), an infrastructure that is collapsing, with constant interruptions of water supply and power outages, an almost nonexistent public transportation system, a virtual absence of green space, not to mention the health and education systems which are a disaster, and a failing system of retirement and social security. The economic situation is alarming with a poverty rate that has reached 32%, a public debt close to 150% of the GDP, and an economy that lives under the interjection of foreign grants to political parties, which themselves redistribute part of these grants to their community. Ironically, this country has the largest number of billionaires per capita, while the common people plunge into misery!

The security situation is just as perilous, with the permanent threat of the Zionist entity on one side and the hordes of takfiries raging in Syria, on the other, which would already be in Lebanon had it not been for the heroism of the resistance, which bears the delicate and noble mission of defending the Lebanese territory.

The protests thus have very legitimate claims and there is no doubt that the majority of protesters are “authentically” outraged citizens. However, it is clear that others who are handled by various political, local, and foreign groups have already successfully infiltrated the protests. The situation turns out to be the same as it was in the beginning of almost all other “Arab Spring” countries; a legitimate desire for political and social reform, followed by the infiltration of unmanned political groups, in order to join Western interests in the region.

Proof is in the recent weeks, where various provocations have taken place in part by some of the protesters who want to radicalize the movement which would result in violence. This has resulted in a reaction from politicians and officials who are concerned with the country’s unity like the image of General Michel Aoun, leader of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), which called for vigilance against manipulation, fearing an “Arab Spring that was hell for Arabs.

Meanwhile, Hezbollah reiterated its support for the people and their struggle against corruption. At the same time, it warned against excessive protests. It called for awareness and to not accuse the entire political class, rather only the real culprits of the situation.

Thus, it seems that the ingredients of a “Lebanese Spring” are reunited, which bodes peril for the future of the country that is already facing many threats. In fact, it doesn’t take a great analyst to predict that a “Lebanese Spring” will cause the total collapse of the country, like other Arab pseudo-revolutions. It will lead to a chaotic situation, which will benefit DAESH which could be an important part of the region especially for its American-Zionist creators, who would seem to achieve their dream of a new Middle East, modeled in the terms of their interests.

The Anti-Zionist Party called on the Lebanese people to be vigilant against the manipulation attempts of the West and to not succumb to the lure of the division that will put the country in the line of fire.

The example of Syria, their devastated neighbor, should cool the eagerness of even the most radical revolutionary, and just watching Syria plunge into chaos due to the so called “Arab Revolution” will help them, the revolutionaries, realize the need to work towards finding a reasonable solution to the social and political crisis along with the need to keep general interest and the preservation of the unity of the country in mind.

The Anti-Zionist Party is confident in the vigilance of the resistance (and its allies), who always faced and defeated the many challenges that were imposed by Zionist manipulation.

Yahia GouasmiYahia Gouasmi

President of Anti-Zionist Party