the economic card is a part of a bigger political plot
In his weekly
seminar, H.E. The religious Authority Sayyed M.H Fadlullah was asked
about the American –Lebanese relations, in the light of what is
going on in Lebanon and the region. The Sayyed stated:
American policy towards Lebanon has always depended on the Israeli
interests… It has always taken into consideration the impact of the
Lebanese stances on Israeli security, economy and politics. Even the
American view concerning the unity of Lebanon has always been
formulated in the light of the Israeli interests, including the
latter’s wish of establishing a strong central government that could
execute its demands, especially that of “the security in the north
of Israel”, which would affect the Palestinian security, as well as
the Lebanese political, social and economic security.
are witnessing nowadays a new round of American pressures on Lebanon.
These pressures have been continuous since they tried to force Lebanon
to sign the 17th of May accord, and the offers they made to
help Israel to withdraw, which were in fact, attempts to save the face
of the enemy and protect him from the inevitable defeat. We believe
that waving the economic card is a part of the continuous political
threats that have been going on. Nevertheless, they aim this time to
force the Lebanese to adopt policies that would intersect with the
American policy towards the region. In short, America wants Lebanon to
comply with the political security and even economic conditions Israel
wants to impose.
I have said before
that the US that had exerted pressures on many Western and Arab states
to prevent them from helping Lebanon will not let the Lebanese breathe
economically unless they let the Israelis breathe on all levels.
America continues to play the same role now, although it knows that
Lebanon has already sunk too deep to be affected by such sanctions,
especially that the American aid is merely public relations, for it is
too small to initiate any relief, In fact, it is insulting the
intelligence of the Lebanese.
We would like the
Lebanese government and the people to declare that they refuse any
help from the American Administration. A country that gave Israel
billions of Dollars to burn Lebanon is not in the least concerned with
Lebanon’s economic crisis, nor will it sympathize with their pains
and grievances, for it is responsible for them, whether directly or