What’s really under the rubble of the Beirut blast? - ABDULLAH MURADOĞLU
GAZETE YAZARI

What’s really under the rubble of the Beirut blast?

09 August 2020, 12.42

UAE foreign minister Anwar Gargash called on Turkey “to not interfere in the internal affairs of the Arabs." This aforementioned individual was so out of line that he even accused Turkey of harboring colonial aspirations.

However, the internal affairs that the UAE has meddled in have turned Yemen into a humanitarian disaster. Thanks to them, Egypt regressed from the "Mubarak regime" to a more despotic military regime. The UAE, in cooperation with non-Arab actors France and Russia, provide all kinds of support to the Haftar Gang, which aims to create a police state by eliminating Libya's legitimate government.

French President Emmanuel Macron flew to Lebanon after the horrific explosion in Beirut. Meanwhile, France is behind the evil alliance formed against Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean. Egypt and France held a joint naval exercise in the Mediterranean in July. Last year, the code name of the exercise with France was "Ramses I". The reference to Pharaoh Ramses sheds enough light on the character of the current regime. France's support for the Sisi regime, which is responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people, is an important footnote that will go down in history’s most shameful chapters. French general Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt in 1798 in order to realize his colonial dreams.

During World War I, the small country that was not called "Lebanon" at that time came under the occupation of the French. It was the French mandate regime that established the so-called "Great Lebanon" by joining the cities of Tyre, Sidon, Tripoli and the Bekaa Valley to Mount Lebanon.

Their aim was to build a "Christian Lebanon" to be ruled by Maronite Christians. This project could not be implemented. Instead, a confessional system was built in which a figure from the Maronite Christian sect would serve as President and other administrative authorities were determined according to sectarian quotas.

The British also established small states of petty sheikhdoms in the Gulf. It is very difficult to call these post-colonial structures as states. The fact that they are incapable of existing as genuine states is to blame for today's problems.

The order established by the British and French in the Middle East brought neither peace, prosperity, nor stability.

The order established by the U.S. during the "Cold War" era is incapable of offering solutions. The American order that is centered around prioritizing Israel only strengthened military regimes. After the Cold War, France supported these military regimes. Against whom did it support these regimes? Of course, against the Arab peoples.

The peoples of the region want to overthrow despotic regimes, but they don't have the power to do it. They are against oligarchic structures strengthened with the aid of the oil-rich monarchic regimes of the USA, France or the Gulf.

Financial aid and loans to the Arab world only strengthen the despots and the small minorities around them. These donations have also been criticized in the protests held after the explosion in Beirut. It is very clear that the majority of Arab peoples are extremely distrustful of the regimes and institutions that rule them. And rightfully so.

In fact, it is the order established by France in the 1920s, which is now under the rubble of the explosion that destroyed Beirut. French President Macron was greeted in Beirut as if he were a "savior."

Around 60,000 Lebanese signed a petition launched to return their country under the French mandate regime for 10 years. "If France does not play its role, Iranians, Turks, Saudis and other forces in the region will meddle in Lebanon's internal affairs," Macron said in a statement. However, the orders that they themselves have established are at the root of the instability in the Middle East.

Not a single Lebanese is calling after the United Arab Emirates, the Saudis or the Egyptian regime to come and “rescue” them. The Lebanese do not really want these regimes to interfere in their affairs. Those who think Macron’s out of line words are directed at Turkey are keeping mum about the statement in question.

The Arab world’s problem lies in the fact that Arab peoples cannot determine their own destinies. According to many analysts, the problem in the Arab World stems from the fact that Arab peoples are not left to their own devices.

The political-economic structures of the Arab world are ones that are volatile and where the demands of the people fall on deaf ears. The Western world does nothing but continue to add fuel to these combustible structures.

As seen once again in the Lebanese example, what happened is a "crisis of state" or a "crisis of statelessness". The Arab peoples have been screaming for "change" for decades. Has anyone heard their cries? How many regimes would survive in the Middle East today, if the Arab peoples had a say in determining their own fate?

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  • France
  • UAE
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