Today the Syrians know who stands with them and who is against them, as revealed by Iran, and likewise Hezbollah. But the major shock for the Syrians today comes from Lebanon, and many of its politicians! This is especially as Lebanon knows the injustice of the Syrian regime and its cruelty, which has had a hand in Lebanon for decades, planting the Iranian-sponsored Hezbollah among the Lebanese, as a product of the Tehran-Damascus-Beirut axis since the Khomeini revolution. How can "democratic" Lebanon, a country eager for freedom, stand with the Syrian regime that brutally represses its people?
Saghieh is not alone, for Abbas Baydoun amusingly wrote in the newspaper "al-Safir": "it is surprising that in Lebanon we are outbidding the Syrians in terms of support for their regime, and that this regime has more prestige in Lebanon than it does in Syria. This is strange, but funny and depressing at the same time". Of course, the new Lebanese government is one of the most depressing issues to emerge recently, particularly as it was formed in this manner at a time when the Arab people, especially the Syrians, are rebelling in search of dignity.
- Tariq Alhomayed is the editor-in-chief of Asharq al-Awsat