Abdel Karim Salim Sharif / عبد الكريم سليم الشريف
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13 February 2007

كاتب عربي من فلسطين مولود و مقيم في القدس.
بكالوريوس علوم سياسيّة.
التحق لمدّة سنة بكليّة عسكريّة في أمريكا.
يتقن 4 لغات: العربيّة, وألأنجليزيّة, والفرنسيّة, والعبريّة.
شغل عدّة وظائف في مجال السياحة والصحافة.

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Death On Valentine’s Day

Three years ago the late Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri was assassinated in Beirut on February 14th,2005.His sudden and violent death most  certainly was a most unsuitable and inconvenient prize  for him on the internationally-recognized “Day of Lovers” , the Valentine’s Day.


   Yet the violent death of Rafik Hariri should be viewed as a tiny milestone along the very long political road of Lebanon,that road which is clearly full of political and social turmoil and chaos as well as bloody civil wars,bloody frequent Israeli invasions, and violent,bloody assassinations of scores upon scores of prominent Lebanese political and army figures…In other words the sudden death of Rafik Hariri simply meant one less Lebanese on earth, nothing more and nothing less.


   During his premiership Rafik Hariri proved the billionaire who acted glamourously to spread his very personal influence in the various political,social,and sectarian ramifications of the hastily-cobbled Lebanese political entity that came into being in 1943 as a natural and most-expected consequence of colonialism by France of Greater Syria starting from the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement and the 1917 defeat of the Ottoman Empire in W W I.    Under the four-century rule of Ottoman Turkey (1517-1917) Greater Syria was very well commonly known as “Bilad Ash-Sham”…Nobody can deny or argue against this crystal-clear fact .


  But back to Rafik Hariri . When objectively talking about capitalism,imperialism,and the enormous influence of money and wealth one can easily see the role of money as an instrument of domination . Once we know that some thirty five thousand Lebanese citizens were granted scholarships (to attend universities) by Rafik Hariri Foundation we can without difficulty conclude that those university students owe their education,and consequently owe their allegiance, to the very person of Rafik Hariri . He even had his own “Al-Mustaqbal” TV station and several newspapers too, besides the “Solidere” company for reconstructing and developing central Beirut where the once-famous and infamous and notorious “Al-Hamra” street flourished thanks to gambling casinos,movie theatres,pubs,bars,and nightclubs where informal prostitution and whore-mongering prospered so much that Lebanon deserved to be called “the Switzerland of the Arab World” .  Thus Rafik Hariri in reality was in one way or another trying to institute the “ cult of individual “, that is his own personality cult as the “Savior and Reviver of Lebanon” . 

But even while trying to have war-torn Lebanon reconstructed Rafik Hariri had to borrow from the World Bank of Reconstruction and Development,a UNO-affiliated financial institution whose capital is mostly owned by the United States of America.Consequently Rafik Hariri drowned tiny,poor Lebanon in huge debts that will prove beyond Lebanon’s ability to pay them back. Furthermore Rafik Hariri had dual Saudi-Lebanese citizenship and his becoming prime minister of Lebanon from 1992 to 2004 with a short interlude evidently reflected beyond doubt the malicious influence of the Saudi royal clan in internal Lebanese affairs.   R.Hariri often used his repulsive tactic of “ sulking and resorting to solitary home confinement” in an effort to deliver the message “either you let me do what I want or else I am backing out and let you bear the responsibility of reconstructing Lebanon”…His tactic was surely a sort of blackmailing the entire Lebanese government as well as trying to pressure Syria, then  still under the rule of the late “Hafez Assad”, to intervene in Lebanese politics in order to satisfy him and persuade others  to let him have a free hand in handling Lebanon’s economy.


   The sudden,violent death of Rafik Hariri three years ago was definitely a painful and agonizing blow to the Lebanese lackeys of Yankees as much as it was a direct punch in the face of the corrupt Saudi royal clan of western hirelings… I simply can not forget that once when parliamentary elections were held in Lebanon the political party of Hariri won a landslide victory that ousted former premier “Salim Hoss” because of enormous,huge spending by Rafik Hariri. That episode itself simply and clearly showed “the politics of money” in Lebanon.


   But one year after Hariri’s death his influence started getting eclipsed by the sudden and unexpected rise of the influential power of “HIZBULLAH” especially during the glorious 34-day  Hizbullah-Israel war of summer 2006 during which Hizbullah proved the one and only Lebanese political and military power that could defend tiny,weak Lebanon against Israeli constant attacks and invasions , and during which the professional fighters of Hizbullah smashed the eggplant-like nose of the Israeli army by knocking out scores of its much- vaunted“Merkava” main battle tank and by valiantly and gallantly and audaciously pounding almost all cities,towns,villages,and kibbutzes of northern Israel with deadly,lethal,terrifying “Katyusha rockets so hard that almost one million Israelis sheepishly fled their homes and took refuge in the streets and public places of central Israel especially in the Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem areas.


   Besides, upon the termination of that war Hizbullah openly and unequivocally declared through the voice of its leader Hasan Nasrallah that any Lebanse citizen whose home or workplace was damaged or destroyed by Israeli air force raids could file an application to get money compensation from Hizbullah itself . 

 
Thus Hizbullah  thereby proved that it , too, can play its influential role in having war-torn Lebanon reconstructed.   Rafik Hariri’s indirect effort and intention to monopolize power in Lebanese politics has most certainly been checked by the powerful , strong , and popular Hizbullah of Arab Lebanon.


   R.Hariri’s influence has all but been eclipsed by Hizbullah which has since the summer2006  war become the shining , bright star in Lebanon as much as it has become the new pride of Lebanon and the Arabs in general    







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