How the US Policies are Killing Democracy in Lebanon?
Washington is remaining silent in the clash between MBS's dictatorship and the fragile democracy of Lebanon.
Escalating and threatening steps were taken by the Saudis against Lebanon after a statement by Minister of information George Kurdahi describing the Saudi war on Yemen as futile.
It was a simple description compared to the international condemnation of this war, which caused one of the worst humanitarian crises in the twentieth century. But for Riyadh, the issue has become a pretext to punish Lebanon and interfere in its affairs and the way this small country runs its government.
The Saudis are demanding, through these steps, the resignation of Kurdahi and perhaps the termination of Najib Mikati's government, all this while Washington stays silent in the clash between MBS's dictatorship and the fragile democracy of Lebanon.
Since the end of the Second World War, the US has presented itself as the leader of the free world and the guardian of democracy. Countless interventions and wars were waged all over the globe to “protect democracy and free speech": Iraq invasion, Afghanistan occupation, and even in Lebanon in 1982 and 1958 to name a few. However, it was clear that the goals of these wars were geopolitical influence and economic gains.
But let us for the sake of argument believe Bush, Reagan, and Obama in their full of quotes and slogans speeches about change and a better future for the people they were killing.
3 US presidents (Obama, Trump, and now Biden) took office since MBS and his father King Salman came to power in Saudi Arabia, all of the 3 Presidents were lenient in dealing with their gulf alley and his countless violations (2015: war in Yemen started while Obama was still in office and with his administration's full support to this aggression).
Trump was more complicit in the crimes of MBS, not only supporting their savage war on Yemen but even preventing any condemnation of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi or the kidnapping of Ex Lebanese PM Saad Hariri.
Biden came to office and one of his promises was to put an end to MBS's unhinged behavior and to make him a “pariah” as he clearly noted in one of his campaign speeches.
Months after being in the oval office, these promises are clearly becoming nothing more than “campaign fantasies”, all that they achieved are a couple of claps and NEWS sound bites.
In Lebanon, Biden has the chance today to stop the Monarchy from destabilizing one of the few democratic states in the region, but again the US president sides with oil and money rather than the rule of law.
It’s no secret that the Lebanese democracy is flawed and based on a sectarian sharing of power but still people get to elect and express their minds freely even in criticizing the president, as much as an American would criticize Trump or Biden. Lebanese people still need a long way to achieve the best democracy but this country is not an oil monarchy where one might lose their life because the “Emir” or “Sheikh” was angry.
No day passes without Washington condemning Russia or china for their alleged interference in other states, threatening sanctions and measures, while the Saudis are putting enormous pressure to cripple the Lebanese government months before the 2022 elections. Secretary Antony Blinken does not bother to call his Saudi counterpart to affirm "USA commitment to Lebanon's security and stability” a term used in almost every US statement while imposing sanctions on Lebanese politicians or when they designate a Lebanese political party as a “terrorist group”.
Now the Lebanese are facing the storm and anger of Gulf States, all that because they refused “abridging the freedom of speech” as mentioned in the US constitution as well as in the Lebanese constitution. And what will Biden do about it? Probably, he will stay silent or even take a long nap maybe?