Saudi Arabia withdraws support given to Lebanon on the pretense that they do not like Hezbollah, calling it a terrorist group. However, the fact remains that Hezbollah IS a terrorist group and the world has known this since 2005-2006!! Why the reversal of acting on behalf of Lebanon now? Many say it is the nuclear deal between Iran and the “coalition” EU-U.S. Looking closely at today’s social lifestyle and economy, the scourging descent in the oil business shows a financial disparity with the Saudi kingdom as well as the Gulf nations.
Oil or black gold as it’s called since the beginning of the 20th century, has primarily almost always been controlled by the hands of Saudi Arabia. Recently, however, the ball has not been in their court : according to Foreign Policy and The New York Times, oil long known as Saudi Arabia’s “weapon” is turning against its “master”. Let’s not make this conversation revolve around oil, though.
No, let’s talk about what it gave Saudi Arabia: money. The profits made the kingdom rich, so rich, there are no taxes. So rich, the Saudi government, and royal family, use it (and the oil with it) for diplomatic ties, turn the tide during Middle Eastern regional events, whether they be political, social or economic situations. Therefore, it is no surprise that this “manipulation” of international relations includes 1. Iran and its relations with the rest of the world; 2. Palestine; 3. Turkey; 4. the refugee crisis and 5. in relation to the refugee crisis, the war in Syria and the Islamic State. The last 3 points are interconnected with each other, a snowball effect of causes and consequences said to be inevitable in today’s Middle East. The first point seems to be related to that interconnected family, but only because the Gulf has declared it to be so.
Which brings us back to the Saudi decision on Lebanon at the beginning of the month. Saudi Arabia knows it’s probably losing. Another “might be” reason why the crazy “no-explanations” war in Yemen is happening… Losing control of the region is also mirrored through the loss of control within borders. Diplomacy? Just for proof, look at the Légion d’Honneur given to the Saudi prince by French president Hollande. If that isn’t enough to explain relations between the EU and Saudi Arabia, then what is?
Let us go further. Going back to Lebanon, the crisis is reaching its highest peak since several months. The MEPs at the EU Parliament complain about too many refugees (well, a few of them) but the thousands and thousands of refugees and migrants in Europe have nothing to do with the several millions who camp out in Lebanon, a small strip of land between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountainous interior land of the Middle East.
This country has been, at least since the dawn of the 20th century, a pawn on the Arab-Persian-Turkish chessboard and almost never regarded as a democratic entity à part or an independent nation. 1975 is proof enough to show this: if anything, the Lebanese civil war was a war of who flexed their political power muscle more. Bitterness against the Syrian regime, bitterness against the Palestinians, and social and political unrest are now mounting at the same rate as the tensions. The current refugee crisis is only presenting one possible victim to these unrests; not much is being done by the Lebanese politicians, who still have to choose a president and a stable course of action for the small country. At the same time, UN officials ans NGOs present in Lebanon and its refugee camps are racing the alarm: there is not enough, whether it be supplies, organization or help. Christian organizations working closely with religious leaders say there is much to be done in the long run.One of the most urgent decisions deal with the Islamic State, which poses a huge threat to Lebanon, is linked to the recent bombings in Beirut of 12 November 2015, and is a known key enemy of the country’s biggest Muslim “party” in the government at the moment, Hezbollah. The irony: Saudi Arabia also considers the terrorist group an enemy but for political religious reasons all leading to Iran, who is a known supporter of Hezbollah.
The irony in this last bit: Saudi Arabia also considers the terrorist group an enemy but for political religious reasons all leading to Iran, who is a known supporter of Hezbollah. All of this comes down to the oh-so- hilarious realization: Why now? Why declare the decision now? We’ve mentioned the oil; in part, the money is beginning to dry up. However, there is one player, whom Saudi Arabia sees as the hell and devil of the region. No it is not Israel, although we could possibly discuss that democracy further. It is Iran, with whom the EU and the United States recently signed a huge historic nuclear deal, accords the Arabs do not admire one bit, going to lengths to try and repudiate it… Yet that is exactly why Saudi Arabia retracted the money out of Lebanon, began a campaign within society to holiday boycott Lebanon, and is currently, rumor has it, considering, along with its Gulf neighbors and allies, throwing out all Lebanese citizens currently working in their nation and the rest of the Gulf (from Riyadh to Koweït City).
Outright war, diplomatic placement on the international échéquier, or a volonté for isolation? The possibilities are endless, and yet, and yet… political leaders all over the world are not sure what to do; they are holding back, for some absurd, unknown reason, from deciding their individual, concrete independent stances on the Middle East, the greater Orient and its numerous, countless, ever-growing crises. The Saudi kingdom should not be that diplomatic boulder; Turkey should not be that international crossroads obstacle. Lebanon should not be that simple game piece to be thrown around as everyone else sees fit. The EU and the United States should not be at the diplomatic mercy of the greats of the Arab world; Russia should not that only one Eurasian actor acting for its twisted but logical interests. And as long as these multiple “warring” factions, shall I say, continue this battle, so to speak, Orient desperately tries to soldier on, continues to explode and shall soon become that barren land we all talk about since the beginning of time, the hellfire, of which no one wants to see the reality. World: take a stance.
For more on Saudi Arabia: on PBS, American public television, there is an investigative journalism footage from FRONTLINE airing this week in the United States.
Trailer featured on youtube.com via FRONTLINE account page.