|Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in a photo released on October 30, 2017.Dalati Nohra via AP|
By Heinz Gstrein
The escalation carousel between Iran and Saudi Arabia over the past few days has turned more to Lebanon than their battle in Yemen which is raging already for over two and a half years. The next round is scheduled for the middle of thos week with the arrival of Maronite Patriarch Boutros Bishara al-Rai from Beirut in Riyadh. He is to meet there King Salman with the increasingly powerful Crrownprince Muhammad, but also with the previous Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri who git lost there, and it seems the task of Rai, to bring him possibly back to Lebanon. In the meantime Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Hariri's own Future Party (Mustaqbal) are asking for the same. Because there growing suspicion that the Lebanese-Saudi double citizen Hariri is held against his will in Saudi Arabia. The Patriarch seems now to try to liberate him.
The Maronites constitute the strongest confessional group amidst the around 40% Chritians of Lebanon. They are traditionally followers of right ideologies and parties, closely affiliated to the Roman Popes and to France. Their Patriarch also plays in Beirut a leading political role since the first big Lebanese crisis of 1958. His influance increased during the cicil war in Lebanon between 1975 und 1990. But today his dominating role is minimised by the increasing importance by the leader of the Shiite Prty and Milice „of Allah“ (Hisbollah), Hassan Nasrallah. Both President Aoun– also a Maronit - as the Sunni Prime Minister Hariri previously tried to ward between the two them. But Hariri has now fully turned on the side of the Saudis. No wonder, in view of a Shiite Iran today before the gates of Lebanon.The whole pretext over the building up of nuclear arms by the Islamic Republic of Iran during the last years appears in retrospect as tactical move of Teheran to hide ist real advance route: In the name of a common struggle against the IS-terrorist militia, the Iranian Ayatolla throw sand in the eyes of the West and have brought silently almost the whole of Iraq, with the exception of Kurdistan under their control. In the Syrian civil war they succeded to to get the already vanishing Assad regime back on its feet. President Bashar in Damascus belongs to the clan of the Alauwites, a distant group of the wider Shiite confession of Islam as also the Yemeni Huthi.
In the place of a particularly by Israel so feared atomic bomb Iran is preparing the atomisation of the Islamic world through Shiit-Sunni nuclear fission. Instead of further enrichment of Uranium the Iranian Revolutionary Guards „Pasdaran“, state in the Islamic state and a kind of Shiite Waffen-SS, promote their rocket program at a fast pace. There is no resistance to that by the presumed as moderate President Hassan Rouhani. What his foreign policy chief advisor Kamal Kharazi has strengthened recently: "One cannot negotiate with the United States on this!" But in the meantime the first of these missiles fly against Saudi Arabia - fired from Yemen!