For the Sake of Lebanon

  • 10 August 2009

While some Lebanese parties have been making preparations for officially announcing the formation of the Lebanese government of national consensus, headed by Saad Hariri, the Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, President of the “Democratic Gathering,” has announced that he would withdraw from the “March 14 Coalition,” which won parliamentary elections in June because he said the circumstances which led to its establishment no longer existed. There is no doubt that this move would not only confuse the process of forming a government, but may also draw Lebanon in the new era of alliances and political equations. The vast majority support that the forces of “March 14 coalition” relied on for forming the government no longer exists, which means that the formation of a new government might take a longer time, especially as some of these parties have increased their conditions over their support and role in the new government.

The matter does not stop here, as a new political map takes shape in Lebanon, and there is a alteration in positions at the internal as well as the external issues. The leader, who earlier objected to Hezbulla’s weapons, today believes that it has become a necessity, in light of the repeated Israeli threats and violations. This development even though it reflects the vitality of the Lebanese society, also reveals its deep internal crisis as it poses several challenges that requires political consensus.

Contrary to the positive atmosphere, which prevailed in Lebanon after the recent elections last June, and the prevailing consensus among various political forces at that time, which gave the impression that Lebanon is on the verge of a new phase of political stability, the current reality shows that the country is on the verge of a new era of alliances and political adjustments, after differences surfaced with the split in forces within the “March 14 Coalition”, and as some political forces intermittently traded blame. Differences in themselves do not pose a threat but may point a lot of positive aspects, but when they are turned into a tool for delaying the formation of a government, for derailing the political process in general, and as a means to ignite more tension and resentment, it becomes a significant threat on the internal level. Lebanon has lost a lot at all levels as a result of the political impasse which lived before the “Doha agreement” in 2008, the Lebanese political forces did not realize the magnitude of risks in Lebanon at the current time by the latest developments, the atmosphere of political crises might recur once again more dramatically. 

The continued deadlock in the formation of the Lebanese government, for which discussions started nearly a month and a half ago, poses various risks for Lebanon and its people, because the current setback in government formation would increase internal tensions between political forces, and would lead to enter new phase of the crisis that would harm every party.  Consequently, it is in the interest of Lebanon that its various political forces cooperate positively and constructively in the effort to form a government, and to forestall forces that are trying to meddle with its security and stability.