Tuesday, 07 December 2021 03:18 GMT

The Turn of the Red DecadeBy Fahed Khitan


(MENAFN- Alghad Newspaper)

Our region's history is full of war and bloodshed.

Peace has always been an intermediary situation, mediating eras of instability and destruction.

It was only ever through these short and cautious times of peace that our countries were able to turn inwards towards build themselves and their nations.

Since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Middle East has not enjoyed a day of stability.

It brought terror upon us all; the entire world.

Foreign powers became the final rulers in domestic affairs. Israel, Iran and Turkey have become in control of the entire region. Russia stronger than ever, with the chaos America left behind on its way out.

Since the dawn of the new century, war and turmoil have been the highlight of regional affairs, and the turn of the decade brought about revolution and rampage.

Revolts that began with the purpose of bringing down authoritarian regimes ended up bringing up states in their entireties, and their borders too, spreading despite the geography through the whole region.

These revolts set off a cosmic war centring here, in the Arab East, with its main battlefield being Syria. There is even talk about the possibility of a second 'SykesPicot.

The most intelligent of politicians and experts could not tell us how the region is going to end up in a year or two.

Events in these last few years have unfolded chaotically, without a sense to it, or predictability.

In these recent months, the symptoms of an impending truce were surfacing. Nations applauded the triumph over terrorism in Iraq. Stability is slowly being restored to Syria after seven long years of war. The peoples of the Fertile Crescent, above all, are drained by this cosmic war. They are eager to restore their cultural and leading role in the region, but no. The Israeli aspiration will not allow it.

We have not had the chance to breath, before finding ourselves in the face of re-escalation.

As if the Yemeni catastrophe was not enough, we need a yet another frontier in Lebanon!?

So what? We're done in Syria? Perhaps!

Maybe the rivalling powers have lost interest in a war without end, while the Syrians have lost everything and has nothing more to give!

Is Lebanon, with its history of civil unrest, going to be the next frontier?

Typically, Israel is on alert for the slightest Hezbollah mistake. Iran, with the win in Syria, will not accept defeat in Lebanon!

It would seem that either one of the rivals in Yemen, Saudi and Iran, was terribly hurt there, and seeks to open a new frontier in Lebanon before stepping out!

This is only the beginning.

I would say that the resignation of Hariri from Riyadh is only the page of a blood-soaked unsettling journey!

Should Lebanon fall into war, it will be none before. This time, it will include more players, many of them high on the delusion of a final, swift frontier; the war to end all wars, which is nonsense.

The time of signing treaties to end wars is done; the last of which was WWII.

These wars the rival powers set off will not come to conclusion with a treaty or a truce. These will live on and tear the entire region to pieces!

No matter how many wars we go through, no people of this region is going to give into the other. Our only hope is to coexist.

Whatever the cost of coexistence, it does not even begin to compare to the worth of a child's life, and the hope it brings for a better tomorrow!

This article is an edited translation of the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.

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