All calls to keep Lebanon away from regional clashes seemed once more like a scream in a desert after Okab Sakr’s recordings confirmed ex-PM Saad Hariri is involved in arming Syrian rebels. A month ago, March 14 was criticizing Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria when some of its members were killed there in battles with FSA, just to fall in the same abyss a month later. Even today a March 14 MP blamed Hezbollah of causing increased tension among the Lebanese on the background of Hezbollah members participating in the Syrian war.
We are not to discuss whether FSA should or shouldn’t be armed; but is it the right side doing so? One may understand the personal motives of Mr. Hariri to help overthrow Assad’s regime. But as a leader of Sunni Majority in Lebanon his personal choices may have drastic effects on a nation’s security. Lebanon is neither a supper power able to interfere in another state’s internal issues, nor is the country stable enough to stand the blows of foreign interference in its internal issues.
The money paid by Mr. Hariri to support FSA and help it acquire anti-aircraft guns may save some lives in Syria but it’s also costing us Lebanese lives (hence the Lebanese militants killed last week in Syria) and is likely to cost more if a Sunni-Shiite clash breaks out. This same money would have been better invested in projects of development in north Lebanon to enhance people’s quality of life and rise up with it instead of keeping the people and land marginalized – a fertile soil for extremism to grow.
It is doubtable that Lebanese politicians will have any influence in post-revolution Syria. More likely the Syrians will always seek their interests in Lebanon and will always have their influence on Lebanese politics, whoever is ruling in Damascus.
As Hezbollah is asked not to indulge Lebanon in regional conflicts, March 14 also has to refrain from sinking in the Syrian mud. Instead, it may be much better to reinforce our internal stability and keep Lebanon away from the all regional turmoil.