Lebanon – Power Vacuum Threatens National Sovereignty And Stability

June 16, 2014

By Padmini Arhant

The Lebanese Parliament failure to elect President is a serious negligence of constitutional and legislative duty directly affecting governance and national security.

Lebanon constantly experiencing terror attacks and suicide bombings from Saudi Arabia backed Takfiri groups besides Israel’s reconnaissance including air strikes on key targets undermine sovereignty and stability.

Saudi Arabia, Israel and United States influence on political factions especially the March 14 alliance impede the latter responsibility towards constituents and national electorate.

The current stalling of parliamentary process in electing the President to lead the national defense force as well as presiding over government affairs endanger democratic system.

The choice for Presidential nominee premised on external sources preferences impact genuine representation required in a real democracy.

The continuous foreign interference through domestic political parties and other presence in disguise are reasons behind power vacuum and disruption in Lebanon’s governing body.

Lebanon political leaderships transcending partisanship and reservations could ease tensions and facilitate smooth operations necessary to address various issues confronting the nation at large.

The focus on stable government under strong and credible leadership barring intrusions from within and outside aimed at dysfunctional activities and discord for vested interests would reflect commitment to people and the country they are elected to serve regardless of ideology. 

The Lebanese constitutional requirement based on religious allocations on political appointments such as Maronite Christian for Presidency, Shiite Muslim as Parliament Speaker and Sunni Muslim to Prime Minister position could be reviewed for amendment changing the criteria to accommodate individual ability, performance and integrity rather than faith oriented protocol.

Most importantly every Parliament member demonstrating courage to protect sovereign right evidently violated by regional and foreign powers would confirm independence.

The persisting political stalemate in Lebanon is favorable to elements against national unity and diversity not to mention the status quo increasing vulnerability and uncertainty with implications on economy and social structure.

When politics ignores national priorities for respective doctrine and foreign instigated strategies the consequences are pervasive and compound problems in different dimension.

Lebanon political pledge to defend national borders and providing citizens safety is largely dependent on consolidated efforts with army and civilian authorities constructive role in preventing terror and foreign infiltration.

The March 8 coalition i.e. Hezbollah resistance to security breach in Lebanon and neighboring states alongside national defense forces thus far instrumental in safeguarding boundaries that otherwise compromised in covert deployment of agents and operatives to promote internal disturbance.

Lebanon past political turbulence has not been without economic ramifications affecting tourism and major sectors subsequently depriving ordinary citizens livelihoods in the competitive global economy.

Additionally, the Syrian conflict resulting in refugee influx into Lebanon and adjacent states increase economic burden and humanitarian crises in the region.

Lebanon future is at stake in the ongoing political gridlock on the Presidential candidate approval.

The parliamentary obligations in this regard could no longer be differed considering prevalent repercussions due to vacancy in the office of Presidency.

Hopefully political consensus would be arrived ending void with expeditious election of the commander-in-chief of Lebanon.

Good Luck! To Lebanon citizens across the spectrum for peaceful resolution moving forward towards national election in a timely manner.

Peace to all!

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant












Lebanon – Terrorism And Political Assassination Target Statehood And Security

December 29, 2013

 By Padmini Arhant

The continuous terror attacks, sectarian clashes and political assassinations in Lebanon targets statehood and security. 

The chief sponsors of terrorism in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Egypt desire regional destabilization and ignore dire consequences directly affecting them. 

Saudi Arabia and Israel joint efforts with United States and western allies coordination promoting volatility in Middle East is self-destructive expediting authoritarian regimes and facilitators imminent collapse.

When atrocities peak fomenting violence through terror exports and ammunitions supply killing innocent lives in war torn nations, the sources behind proxy wars are essentially seeking invitation for devastation upon them with irreversible outcome.

The detrimental strategy to decimate sovereign nations for specific agenda is evidently catastrophic due to malefic aspirations guiding irrationality.

Lebanon political leaderships indecisiveness and discord prevalent in non-cooperation with interim government preparation towards Presidential and Parliamentary election create opportunity for external powers to exploit situation. 

The incidents involving violent assaults on Lebanese military forces and other events such as Tripoli unrest and bombings in Hezbollah domain, 

Notwithstanding assassination of the resistance senior commander Hassan al-Lakkis past week and lately the political adviser to March 14 bloc Mohammad Shatah and shelling episodes in and around Beirut including sensitive territories in Lebanon and,

Last but not the least Israeli reconnaissance flights violating Lebanon sovereignty and recent annexation of Lebanon water fields and oil rich areas confirm Israel and Saudi Arabia manufactured crises for strategic dominance.

Political factions in Lebanon especially the March 14 alliance with Saudi dynasty influence on ex-premier Saad Hariri and members compromise Lebanon independence and endanger citizens as well as Lebanese army safety. 

The March 14 political leadership and members are misled to maintain status quo and disillusionment on issues viz. assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri also the late father of current leader Saad Hariri necessary to purge Takfiri infiltration enabled by Saudi Arabia financing and Israel intelligence hiring local operatives to stir tensions and confrontation among Lebanese politic.

Hezbollah representing March 8 movement in solidarity with diverse political parties could lead the nation towards restoration of democracy and functioning government adept at overcoming challenges in all frontiers prioritizing national interest over respective convictions and ambition.

Lebanon strength lies in democratic process with political consensus on electoral reform and national issues varying from combating terror to implementing growth oriented economic policy.

Furthermore, Lebanon dealing with refugees influx from Syria, Palestine and Iraq might find effective solution in prohibiting weapons delivery and terror networks mobility across the border.

Besides providing humanitarian support to nations fighting foreign instigated turmoil could ease the burden on relevant governments. 

Lebanon unity is constantly threatened with foreign intrusion in internal affairs aimed at disintegration and failed governance. 

The population in Lebanon rejecting Saudi Arabia, Israel, United States and France…interference would delineate the country in exercising self-determination rights and defending territorial integrity.

Citizens urging political representatives to address national problems beginning with preventing widespread terror and constitutional adherence in forming republic choice government would guarantee Lebanon peace and stability.

With condolences to grieving families, 

Best Wishes to people in Lebanon for a new beginning and promising future, 

Happy New Year!

Peace to all!

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant