Lebanon: A Republic B7 | Asharq AL-awsat

The scene of Iranian oil tankers being smuggled into Lebanon in broad daylight for everyone to see – especially the government, which has chosen to stick its head in the sand – is not complete without the celebrations taking place. ‘accompanied.

Claiming to have broken an imaginary siege supposedly imposed on its base and its republic by arrogant international forces, the new fuel importers celebrated another illusory victory.

The state was nowhere to be found during the carnival, preferring to hide behind its weakness and helplessness, unable to confront the B7 republic, its festive or targeted gunfire, or its transport of weapons across the border.

Moment B7 was neither a spontaneous reaction nor thought out diligently. It was as typical a scene as Lebanon could be today. It’s more than the fact that rocket missiles were fired into the air to celebrate the arrival of the tankers. Those who fired her aimed to widen the gaps in the national sphere, leaving them to be filled by those whose arsenal rose above the state, the constitution, the economy and soon the justice, illustrating the transformation of the national entity into a backyard for the new populist Lebanese republic.

In practice, Republic B7 has created a formula that leaves the sovereignty of arms above that of the state and the sovereignty of oil companies above that of the economy. The powerful impose the conditions and the laws that suit them, and their propaganda machine leaves them the capacity to justify their actions and to brandish the slogan “dignity does not demand customs”, in what is a clear violation that undermines the State, which must collect taxes to fulfill its obligations as much as possible. However, it is clear that the State has become a statelet and that the statelet has replaced the State, preventing the State from effectively managing its public affairs and fulfilling its function.

With the sound of B7 fire in the background, then, political fuel entered Lebanon, and Hezbollah said it had succeeded in breaking the siege it claimed was imposed on Lebanon. Cheering from the ruling party for its victory over the siege breakdown forced activists to comment, saying it had “invented a siege and pretended to break it”.

As for claiming that this fuel will end the humiliation and suffering of Lebanese lining up at gas stations to refuel and fill the market with its needs, that is a clever ruse by those who imported it. . Fuel is not taxed and will be sold at high prices; it was introduced on the eve of the government’s decision to lift subsidies on petroleum products, which opens the door to broad questions about the timing.

What has already been brought and what Lebanon will receive in the future cannot meet the bare minimum required by the party base, which greeted the tankers with jubilant cheers and throwing rice. Nevertheless, the quantities imported should remain limited, otherwise they would anger the Iranian people. The statement released by the Iranian government, which claimed that the fuel sent to Lebanon was paid for by Lebanese businessmen, is clearly nothing more than an attempt to quell domestic outrage, as people do not appreciate the fact that their national wealth is wasted. foreign projects.

Coming back to the “B7” or “RPG”, this is a shoulder-fired missile launcher used against stationary, mobile and armored vehicles, and it can also be used against enemy fortifications and installations. . It was considered the pride of the Soviet military industry and was used by armies in conventional wars, but it was also used to celebrate the breaking of an imaginary siege.

Thus, they could be used for multiple purposes in the near future, including protecting against systematic or smaller-scale smuggling, to deter those considering making an objection, or submitting the government, which the Prime Minister has expressed his dismay at the sight of tankers. However, he forgot or pretended to forget that he got to his post while climbing on these tankers and that people’s spontaneous B7s could be shot at the Serail (government building) or used to defeat justice or intimidate an judge. Indeed, people have used their arsenal in various ways.

After the October 17 uprising, Hezbollah, as the “ruling party”, took it upon itself to protect the ruling clique, and as the regime received severe blows, the party chose to squeeze it even harder. . The party that once behaved as a regional force has been drawn into the winding corridors of daily life and economic problems. Their slogan “we are not going to be hungry” did not last long. As for political fuel, it looks like other illusory economic projects that ended up causing problems and creating tensions within the party base.

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