TEHERAN – A Lebanese political researcher says the Western powers prefer Lebanon to tackle crises without a government.
“As far as government-building is concerned, the international efforts are nominal and not serious, while the West has an interest in maintaining this existing status quo,” Tariq Aboud told the Tehran Times.
However, Aboud notes: “The Western powers prefer that Lebanon not slide into a major collapse that can create a security threat that runs counter to the interests of the West in Lebanon.”
Observers believe that everything that is happening in Lebanon is due to the inability of successive governments, coupled with the inability of the Lebanese establishment to provide basic infrastructure after decades.
The main question now is why America’s agents in Lebanon vehemently refuse any aid, investment or cooperation with China, Russia or Iran.
“Moscow tried to offer profitable investment projects for both the Lebanese and Russian sides, but was turned down by the Lebanese deep state with an octopus network of political and financial interests,” notes the professor at Lebanese International University.
The following is the text of the interview:
Q: Which parties are preventing the formation of a new government in Lebanon?
A: When we turn to the Lebanese government, in addition to internal complexities, we encounter external obstacles that intersect at a crucial moment in the history of Lebanon and the region.
Add to this the sterility of the Lebanese political system, which is now facing major challenges as it has failed to manage itself more than once.
There are also personal, political and electoral interests of the two sides involved in not forming a government. The combination of all these factors has opened a dark chapter in the Lebanese political scene.
Q: How do you rate the international efforts to help the Lebanese economy and government formation?
A: It is clear that Americans are currently withholding all aid to Lebanon as the country struggles to save its economy from the abyss.
Meanwhile, the Americans want to use this crisis to force political concessions and put pressure on the axis of resistance in Lebanon by turning their social base and their political allies against the axis.
As for the question of forming a government, the international effort is verbal and not serious. The West too has an interest in continuing this existing status quo.
However, the Western powers prefer that Lebanon not slide into a sweeping collapse that can create a security threat that goes against the interests of the West in Lebanon.
Q: Is there a desire for Russia to expand its influence in Lebanon and confront America there?
A: Russia is present in the Lebanese scene, but cautiously because it knows the complexity of the political scene and is aware of the deep American influence in Lebanese institutions and among Lebanese politicians.
Moscow has tried to offer profitable investment projects to both the Lebanese and Russian sides, but has been turned down by the Lebanese deep state with an octopus network of political and financial interests, in addition to the reluctance of the United States to invest from the East, China, Russia , Iran and others.
Q: How do you see US policy towards Lebanon under the Biden presidency?
A: The Biden administration wants to cool tensions in the region, but it does not want to lose the points the Trump administration achieved in the siege of Lebanon. The Americans today want to get rid of the burdens and worries of the region, but at the same time protect their interests and secure Israel by restricting its opponents. They are making every effort to impede Sino-Russian enlargement to fill the void Washington will leave in the region.