Lebanon in danger, Turkey risking a civil war, Syria already in one



… by  Nahed al Husaini,  VT Bureau Chief (Damascus)

Lebanon in the middle of the firestorm
Lebanon in the middle of the firestorm

US International Parliament  Foreign Minister  and Secretary General of the European Organization for Security and Information Dr. Haitham bou Said that the security situation in Lebanon is organically related to the response of the Lebanese political forces to the just demands of the grassroots .

Replying to a question on the external financing for young protesters in the “arenas of Martyrs” and “Riad Solh, ”Bou Said said  “I am not certain, but  we know about the involvement of a certain  Arab country, and we share Interior Minister misgivings in this regard , but this does not absolve the state from its liability to view and work hard to achieve those social demands before things get out of hand.”

As for the demands of a high ceiling demands,  which are beyond the government’s ability ,  the issue will be referred to the dialogue Committee  set up by the Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

Bou Said warned against taking this issue to the UN Security Council by the Deputy Secretary- General of the United Nations where its implications may go out the Lebanese state‘s  control . And in regard to the regional situation in the Middle East, the secretary-general Dr Abu Said.

Regarding regional issues, Bou Said said  “those who do not want to realize the seriousness of the Russian and US debate on overall political settlement and countering terrorism , they  will be out of the equation , adding that Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey will be officially by the US to end the negative role they are playing in the Syrian and Iraqi files by if they continue messing about  vis-à-vis a comprehensive settlement in accordance with the vision mentioned implicitly .

The US administration has already sent several signals in this regard, particularly,  the positions adopted by the US Secretary of Defense and the President of the US National Security implying the impossibility of toppling President Bashar al-Assad for many reasons, because the alternative does not possesses the ability to expiate the arrival of the fanatic  gangsters to power,  as well as the inability of the “Free Army ” to fill the void.

 The Secretary-General Dr.  Bou Said welcomed in the same context, the Turkey early elections, noting that the Turkish president will not have the same number of seats, and that there will be additional seats to the opposition, especially the Turkish Kurdish group and left-wing parties.

 On this subject,  he condemned the military operations carried out by Ankara against the Kurds, noting that this will lead to a long-lasting civil war.

 Regarding Iraq, Bou Said warned against the proposals raised by some local Iraqi authorities on electing the president by the people and to create security authority in each province, which indicates the divisional intentions on a narrow sectarian base,  leading to several sectarian armies instead of a single national Iraqi army.



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Nahed is VT Damascus Bureau Chief. She is a member of the American Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies (USA) and serves as Assistant Director of Arab-American and Muslim Congress (Detroit, USA). She has a Diploma in English Literature from Damascus University (1987). She's also been a reporter for Turkish newspaper Aydinlik, Special Coordinator for Arab-Armenian International Law Assembly, Correspondent for Qatari News Agency, Al Ayam news Paper in Bahrain, Al Liwaa in Lebanon, Correspondent for Petra News Agency in Jordan, correspondent for the Associated Press in USA, and worked as a freelance journalist for CBS, ABS and CNN in Syria. She is fluent in both English and Arabic.