I feel like just another passive observer when it comes to the problems Lebanon is facing today, and I think a lot of Arabs are feeling that way. The region’s conflict portfolio has grown tremendously in the past few years. In fact, it’s hard to believe that three, yes three whole years have passed since Hariri was assassinated, and Hizballah commander, Imad Mughniyeh’s recent assassination seems to be very timely. But I won’t spin conspiracy theories. Suffice to say, ever since that fateful day three years ago, the pieces have been positioned in a way that has pushed, encouraged and fanned the flames of an internal Lebanese crisis and it’s interesting to see the extent to which foreign powers value the internal issues of the small country. Even in Jordan, there don’t seem to be many people who don’t predict another civil war, God forbid. It’s a situation that has caused even Arabs not involved directly in the conflict to take sides, and form camps: pro and anti-Hizballah. The situation in Lebanon only exemplifies my feeling about the region, and how just when you think things can’t get worse, the universe finds a way.
So on this day, of all days, I offer simply a prayer to our Lebanese brothers in hopes that God can guide them through these dark times before all the lights go out.