The British Middle East Eye website published an article warning the world , especially the seven major countries, against ignoring Lebanon, which it described as a ticking time bomb about to explode.
The author of the article, Marco Carnelos, the former Italian diplomat and his country’s envoy for peace in Syria and the Middle East, asked: Will the international community act once in a proactive manner, before a new crisis erupts, and support alternative methods to defuse another explosion in the Middle East? Read also The Lebanese are waiting for quick reform measures that will bring their country out of its crises Aoun and Hariri’s dispute over the government escalates… France is waving European pressure on Lebanese officials After his meeting with Pope Francesco .. Hariri: A local political team is obstructing the formation of the government and wants the collapse of Lebanon Hariri responds to Aoun’s message: I will not form a government as the president wants
He said it seemed unlikely that a meeting of G7 leaders later this month would offer anything of the sort.
He added that the G7 leaders ignored the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in their last meeting, the bomb exploded and had unprecedented effects, and the full effects are still unknown, but they cannot afford to make the same mistake with Lebanon this time.
With this disturbing precedent, he explained, the first concern should be guessing the location of the next ticking bomb, noting that it is not difficult.
Carnelos drew attention to the fact that Lebanon continues to slide into the abyss, saying that the political paralysis in forming a new government in Lebanon, the financial collapse and the dramatic increase in poverty rates were supposed to awaken the main American, European and Arab advisories, but instead, there was a deafening silence. It is unforgivable, as these countries seem to ignore the fact that Lebanon hosts hundreds of thousands of Syrian and Palestinian refugees, and if the state collapses, these refugees will not be able to return to their original homes in Syria and Palestine, and potentially head towards Europe.
Since the massive explosion in Beirut last year, he said, France has taken a leadership role in trying to help Lebanon turn the page on its turbulent recent history. President Emmanuel Macron has visited the country twice and spoken resolutely, but no change has occurred.
“It appears that Lebanon needs new options for prime ministership within Lebanon’s complex Sunni community, and above all, thinking outside the box because traditional political figures are not in an ideal position to promote the reforms that the country so badly needs.”
He pointed out that the criteria for determining the appropriate personality to get Lebanon out of its current predicament should not be the number of traditional political blocs and MPs willing to support them, otherwise the candidate will not be a real reformer. The key will be their political history and the reforms they advocate.
Lebanon, according to the author, needs someone who is outside the traditional political blocs, is independent, has no commercial interests inside the country, and above all, someone who is free from the corrupt past policies that brought Lebanon to the brink of the abyss. This candidate should be able to inspire the exhausted Lebanese public, and be warned by the drowsy, short-sighted parliamentarians, in the writer’s words.