Let us look at two countries that are subjected to interventions by foreign powers and whose governments are directly or indirectly controlled by them. Iran bribes and influences the government of Iraq, while Hezbollah, a terror organization sponsored by the regime in Teheran, widely runs Lebanon and its corrupt politicians.
In Lebanon, people have taken to the streets. They are enraged by a progressing economic collapse of their country that follows decades of gross mismanagement, corruption and blatant stealing by successive governments. Lately, the situation has become dramatic as the Lebanese pound depreciated by about a half against major global currencies, inflation and unemployment skyrocketed, credit cards are increasingly rejected as a form of payment and businesses close. Protesters in Beirut see their demands for change ignored however, mainly because of the resistance from Hezbollah, which guards its power and privileges.
In the early 2000s, the Syrian army imposed its quasi-occupation in Lebanon. In February 2005, following the (probably) Syrian-sponsored assassination of Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, widely credited for his role in ending the 15-year-long Lebanese Civil War and rebuilding Beirut, the so-called “Cedar Revolution” broke out. Courageous, peaceful and determined demonstrations finally forced Damascus to withdraw its troops from Lebanon.
The peaceful uprising of the civil society – not of particular religious or ethnic groups – against an arbitrary and ruinous rule is Tehran’s problem also in Iraq. Protesters are challenging paid foreign agents in both countries. There is a very high probability that Iranian Major General Quassem Soleimani, killed on January 3, 2020, by the United States when he arrived in Baghdad from Beirut, had been busy preparing crackdowns on the opposition with his cronies in the two countries. Demonstrators in Lebanon and Iraq were likely to be treated with similar ruthless brutality as those who dared to protest in Iran.
The situation in Lebanon is especially critical for the country’s large and thriving Christian population. These days, it fights for its very existence under the Hezbollah rule. A danger exists that Christianity might disappear there under a bloody persecution, as it has in Iraq. Shamefully, the genocide of Christians causes much less outrage in Europe than could be heard there after the killing of a murderous general in the service of the regime in Teheran.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
Chairman and Founder