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Lebanon’s foreign policy was the objective of as much attention by Bachir as its internal policy. In fact, it would be correct to state that many of his attitudes on domestic policy were dictated by considerations of foreign policy, of which he had a vast knowledge. One of his celebrated cries of anguish was : “ All the world forces are settling their scores on our ground !”

This expressed two things : the Lebanese Cause has deep-rooted universal origins and ramifications, and the Lebanese people have become an instrument in the hands of other powers to solve their own problems at the expense of Lebanon, land and people. Bachir’s awareness of this fact led him to oppose any State that attempted to promote its own interests at the expense of Lebanon’s.

He invited all the Lebanese to take stock of the situation, and to realize an immutable principle in international politics, to the effect that : “ International boundaries are those of world interests in the Middle-East. Whereas we want our own borders to translate the interests of our people and their welfare only.” This statement by Bachir is merely a corollary to his previous cry of :

“ Every damn foreigner is fighting his battles on our ground!” , and it defines the context, the nature, and the aims of international politics, and at the same time, explains his own outlook as a pioneer of the Lebanese Cause and its chief defender. Thus, the Lebanese question, in spite of its intrinsically Lebanese character, spills into the winder context of the Middle-East question, which, in its turn, forms part of a much wider framework at world level : the struggle of the Titans, viz. the superpower or the rivalry between East and West.

Bachir expressed his attitude towards the Middle-East question in these words : “We will not have the problems of the Middle-East settled over our dead bodies, nor the settlement of these problems drawn on the map of our country !” He further defined his standpoint with relation to East-West rivalry as follows : “The West should understand that Lebanon is not a bridge towards the oil civilization, and the East should realize that Lebanon is not a gateway to the civilization of opulence...”

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Lebanon’s foreign policy was the objective of as much attention by Bachir as its internal policy. In fact, it would be correct to state that many of his attitudes on domestic policy were dictated by considerations of foreign policy, of which he had a vast knowledge. One of his celebrated cries of anguish was : “ All the world forces are settling their scores on our ground !”

This expressed two things : the Lebanese Cause has deep-rooted universal origins and ramifications, and the Lebanese people have become an instrument in the hands of other powers to solve their own problems at the expense of Lebanon, land and people. Bachir’s awareness of this fact led him to oppose any State that attempted to promote its own interests at the expense of Lebanon’s.

He invited all the Lebanese to take stock of the situation, and to realize an immutable principle in international politics, to the effect that : “ International boundaries are those of world interests in the Middle-East. Whereas we want our own borders to translate the interests of our people and their welfare only.” This statement by Bachir is merely a corollary to his previous cry of :

“ Every damn foreigner is fighting his battles on our ground!” , and it defines the context, the nature, and the aims of international politics, and at the same time, explains his own outlook as a pioneer of the Lebanese Cause and its chief defender. Thus, the Lebanese question, in spite of its intrinsically Lebanese character, spills into the winder context of the Middle-East question, which, in its turn, forms part of a much wider framework at world level : the struggle of the Titans, viz. the superpower or the rivalry between East and West.

Bachir expressed his attitude towards the Middle-East question in these words : “We will not have the problems of the Middle-East settled over our dead bodies, nor the settlement of these problems drawn on the map of our country !” He further defined his standpoint with relation to East-West rivalry as follows : “The West should understand that Lebanon is not a bridge towards the oil civilization, and the East should realize that Lebanon is not a gateway to the civilization of opulence...”

This is insofar as the context of international politics is concerned. As for the inherent character of violence of these struggles, of which the Lebanese war is merely one manifestation of the policy of violence in the world at large and in the Middle-East in particular, this is what he had to say: Israel is bombing us because we are a Palestinian base. The Palestinians are shelling us because they believe that we are an Israeli base. Syria is firing its big guns at us because it alleges we are an imperialistic base. The Arab conservative States have washed their hands of us because they consider that we have fallen into the Soviet orbit... and the radical hard-line Arab regimes allied to Moscow and with its blessing sing “Praise Allah and pass the ammunition!” And all these nice guys are perched on the trees, waiting for the stench of carrion...

Lebanon therefore is a victim of the international policy of violence. Bachir however, in his argumentative logic, does not exclude another aspect which characterizes international politics : that of détente. He warned his people about this, saying : “We do not want to be victims on the altar of East-West détente... and it is not logical that the region of the Middle-East should be the theatre of an exchange of peaceful settlements, while Lebanon, alone, bears the brunt of the military settlement!”

As Bashir explained on several occasions, the objectives of international politics take nothing into consideration but their own interests. Thus, no State will undertake any action or abstain from doing so, unless this is in their obvious interests.

It is therefore up the the Lebanese to promote Lebanon’s interests alone, because, as Bashir said “The beginning of the end will come if we are divided upon ourselves. We should overstep all petty considerations. The enemy’s only weapon consists in breaking our ranks and pitting us against each other... Let us rise above selfishness and partisan politics, and be one single united party, the party of Lebanon.”

 

 

 
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