The Lebanese government, despite the objection of the two Hizbullah-affiliated ministers and the abstention of an Amal-affiliated minister, has declared in its latest statement that the government did not know of, is not responsible for, and does not endorse what happened on the Lebanese internationl southern borders. The statement also asserted that the Lebanese government is willing and ready to work with the UN and third-party states to resolve the critical situation. Apart from that of course, the statement included a strong condemnation of the Israeli attacks on Lebanon's infrastructure and civilians.
Prime Minister Seniora defended the government's statement. "Yes, we did not know of the attacks nor we endorse such escalation." He said that not endorsing a Hizbullah attack on Israel (including the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers) does not mean that we do not consider Israel an occupying force, occupying the Shebaa Farms. He called on the Lebanese to be calm and united in the face of escalations.
On the other hand, Sayyid Nasrallah warned (or shall we say threatened) the Lebanese of acting in a way that would create a cover for Israeli aggression. But who are you to tell the Lebanese what to do? No one in Lebanon has the power to tell you what to do.
And then the Syrian Foreign Minister Shara'a declared as he stood next to an Iranian official in Damascus that the reason for the escalations in Lebanon and Palestine is due to the "Occupation". My question: What about the Golan Heights? Has that region been already liberated?
Last but not least, Aoun, Hizbullah's strategic ally, has told PM Seniora in a phone conversation that he supports any decision the government settles on. I wonder where all the insults that were being hurled on the government for the past month went. If Aoun is a "sovereignist", then how does he explain Hizbullah's solo move? And wouldn't his endorsement of the government right now be a contradiction to what he has been saying all along, including calls to overthrow the Cabinet?
I am offended and worried. Yet, right now the only convictions keeping me going are that the government has acted in a manner that represented many Lebanese and that the Lebanese people believe in their country and in the good life just enough not to allow Lebanon become a ghost town .
Update: It is clear from tomorrow's newspapers (already out in the Levant) that the military escalations will continue for a couple of days.
"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."