Readers may consider that the headline is an exaggerated reflection of the reality. However, the content of this article will show how the headline is still unable to depict the hard experience Lebanon is undergoing under the US occupation.
Member of Loyalty to Resistance bloc, Hasan Ezzedine, stated that the main barrier hindering the economic growth in Lebanon is the bet of some political parties on the US administration and its choices, including the IMF schemes.
Hezbollah lawmaker summarized the main woe plaguing Lebanon. All the agonies of the Lebanese are caused by the US economic siege and the corrupts supported by the US occupation embassy in Beirut.
Yes, it is an occupation embassy because it violates all the diplomatic norms and laws in dealing with the Lebanese authorities and people.
Samples of violations
On March 19, 2020, Lebanese collaborator with Israeli occupation army Amer Fakhoury was transferred outside Lebanon, two days after a travel ban was issued against him. Fakhoury was evacuated by a helicopter from the US Embassy in Awkar, where he headed after leaving the military hospital following a decision by the military tribunal to acquit him.
On March 15, 2021, US ambassador, Dorothy Shea, surprisingly visited Gaza town in Western Bekaa allegedly to inspect a well dug two years ago in a project funded by USAID program.
Al-Manar correspondent reported that the Lebanese army and security forces took strict security measures in the area as the town’s mayor was allowed alone to accompany Shea.
A number of helicopters and hundreds of servicemen were tasked to secure the US diplomat’s visit to Gaza town, according to the reporter who added that the drivers were stuck for hours in their vehicles.
Thus, the US embassy in Beirut disrespects the Lebanese sacrifices in face of the Israeli enemy and its spies and wastes the Lebanese resources, which must be considered a moral and diplomatic violation that indicates a clear case of occupation.
Under the pretext of chasing Hezbollah funds, the US Treasury imposed a macro-economic siege on Lebanon, ordering the permanent closure of a number of local banks.
The US administration also forced all the Lebanese politicians, who adore the “American god”, to transact all their deposits abroad, and blocked all the US dollar flow into Lebanon.
As a result, the value of the Lebanese pound exchange rate against the US dollar reached an unprecedented low, shaking the socioeconomic stability of the entire country.
Power and Gas Deals
The US administration insolently prevented the Lebanese government from implementing the gas and oil deals with Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, under the pretext of respecting the stipulations of the unlawful Caesar Act.
According to the deals, Lebanon would have imported gas and electricity from Egypt and Jordan via Syria. However, the US administration resorted to blackmailing the Lebanese government.
Consequently, Lebanon has fallen in the quagmire of blackout.
Iran, Russia and China have offered Lebanon numerous infrastructure projects; however, the pro-US statesmen rejected them because Washington does not allow Lebanon to have oriental choices.
Constructing tunnels, power plants, oil refineries and international highways would have pushed the Lebanese economy to surpass its ordeal.
As a result, Lebanon has remained under the dreadful economic conditions due to the US impositions.
Lebanese Human Being
In conclusion, the US occupation has turned the Lebanese human being to be living as a prisoner that suffers from all the harsh conditions. The US embassy imposed inflation, unemployment, power outage, and telecommunication disruption on all the Lebanese people.
The military prison at Guantánamo Bay continued to facilitate grave violations of human rights by the US government. Similarly, the Lebanese people are suffering from the US human rights violations in light of the above-mentioned facts.
Source: Al-Manar English Website