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As the Syria-Israel front intensifies and the ambiguous events continue, which have so far remained under the seal of secrecy with the exception of some remarkable analyses by reporters in more than one Western publication, this military and intelligence activity, which is the first of its kind for a very long time, has appeared amidst continuous talk about the forthcoming peace conference to be held in November that will be sponsored by the US.

Amidst these events, the depressing Lebanese comedy has appeared as the only Arab democracy collapses and falls under the control of gangs, intelligence agencies, and the threats and bullets of those who claim love [for the country]. The scene of the parliament speaker as he “reduced” and postponed the session without dealing with any useful and important details is not the most uncommon and ridiculous one; there was also the opposition’s condition to reach an agreement regarding a candidate “before” voting, in a brazen and mocking defiance to the concept of election and democracy.

The Syrian and Lebanese scenes, with their contradictions, reflect everything that is bad in the Arab world and the region. But the country is collapsing and is being assassinated by the internal efforts of its own people, while a considerable number of parties that are benefiting from this miserable situation are ready to celebrate on the ruins and remains. In Lebanon today, state institutions have totally lost their independence and objectivity; consequently, they have been directed and politicized to serve the interests of specific parties.

Therefore, is Lebanon destined to be subjected to a whirlpool of nearby violence so that the battle would be settled in favor of one particular party over the other? This is a reasonable question and can be raised in the light of “intentional exclusion” of the parliamentary institution and closing it (effectively) with a key! Such discussion comes amidst the return of the threat of a coup d’état and taking to the streets, as stated by General Michel Aoun, who is most infatuated with presidency. The current Lebanese situation with the presidential race in mind is expected to be a dramatic and perhaps a violent one, as all elements of foolishness and malice are available on the ground and are being practiced. Its only victim is the Cedar tree.

Hussein Shobokshi

Hussein Shobokshi

Hussein Shobokshi is a businessman and prominent columnist. Mr. Shobokshi hosts the weekly current affairs program Al-Takreer on Al-Arabiya, and in 1995 he was chosen as one of the "Global Leaders for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum. He received his BA in Political Science and Management from the University of Tulsa.

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