SETBACK FOR AMERICA
Basically only little has changed in Lebanon in terms of everyday life. The pro-Western Prime Minister Saad Hariri was thrown from his office over the issue of the international tribunal that investigated the assassination of his father and a firm ally of USA, Rafik Hariri, in Beirut, on 02/14/2005. A Syrian puppet, the billionaire from Tripoli Najib Mikati, was nominated, on Thuesday 01/25/2011, as the designated future Lebanese PM with the blessing of Iran. According to initial leaks from the Special Tribunal Lebanon – the UN-STL the Assassination of Rafik Hariri was ordered by Iran and executed by Hizbullah with support from elements in the Lebanese and Syrian security apparatuses.
Practically it is now Iran through their proxy, the Hizbullah, who are running Lebanon and the voice of Lebanon in all international forums such as the UN, the Arab League, the organization of Muslim Countries and alike will be automatically a second voice for Iran. It is also assumed that Najib Mikati's cabinet will pull back the summons for the STL as well as their authorization to investigate the Hariri case.
The changeover became possible mainly because the Druze leader Walid Junballat, whose father Kamal Junballat was killed too by Syrian agents in Lebanon in 03/1977, switched sides from the pro-Western "14 March Coalition" to the pro Syrian block. Although The 14 March block won the LEBANON 09 Elections it is obvious that USA, in the days of Obama's Cairo Speech and the violent aftermath of IRAN'S POLL, failed to provide support and physical protection to their allies in the Middle East (see - IRANIAN SETBACK) . Providing physical protection is extremely crucial in Lebanon with its tradition of solving political problems through political assassinations. At least 5 Lebanese Parliament members, 4 of them from the anti-Syrian block, were killed since Rafik Hariri's assassination up to the June 2009 elections, reducing the number of anti-Syrian from 67 out of 128 Parliament members to 63 and causing some prominent Lebanese politicians to flee the country fearing for their life (see - LEBANESE deadlock).
The deliberate leaks, by the Qatari pro-Iranian Al-Jazeera T.V Network about the peace negotiation between Israel and the Palestinians during the time of the former Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, in the years 2007-8, meant to delegitimize the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas - Abu Mazen and to enhance the position of the pro-Iranian Hamas in the Palestinian public.
Now USA is losing yet another position in the Middle East while Iran is expanding its grip on the region and moderate politicians all over the Middle East are on the defense giving way to more radicalization. Eventually, as history shows, more radicalization in the Middle East, led by the Shiite Iran, means more problems in the international political environment, less stability in the Middle East and a grater terror threat to the Western Democracies.
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