What is the point of being a leader when you betray your principles every time you fear for your life?
This is what Saad Hariri was doing back in February 2010. Just like Jumblatt, Saad crawled to Damascus and asked for forgiveness from Bashar Assad, even though the latter treated his father like a dog then killed him. You see, the Americans and the Saudis back in 2010 made up with Assad and the Americans even sent back their ambassador to Damascus. So, the poodles of America and Saudi Arabia like Hariri and Jumblatt took their marching orders and crawled on their knees to ask forgiveness from Assad and forget the past. In Arab culture, this called “kissing the beards”, meaning making up with your enemy for a while pending the next opportunity to stab that enemy again. No principles. Just jungle-like tactical maneuvering until you can get your claws at your enemy’s throat.
At the time, in 2010, there was a change by the Saudis and the Americans vis-a-vis Syria, a US ambassador reappointed to Damascus, a reconciliation between Riyadh and Damascus, and a general thaw between a kiss-ass credulous West and the Baathists in Syria. This was one full year before the Syrian revolution. So, the Syrian regime – as always – uses these thaws to return en force in Lebanon and start pulling all the strings. Walid Jumblatt, the Druze Whorelord, literally begged the Syrians to welcome him in Damascus so he can ask for forgiveness. Saad Hariri stopped blaming Syria and Hezbollah for the killing of his father; he went to Damascus and begged for forgiveness from his father's own killer the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad; and Saad Hariri, who for years demanded the demilitarization of Hezbollah, suddenly proclaimed that he, as the Prime Minister of Lebanon, will support Hezbollah if the latter triggers another devastating war with Israel. Saad Hariri’s father, the defunct architect of, and collaborator with, the Syrian occupation did the exact same thing, until Assad and Hezbollah killed him. So Saad has learned nothing of leadership, or risking his life for his principles. He keeps bending like a willow in the winds of political change until he is uprooted and discarded into the trash of history. Then, the Lebanese will call him a martyr and a hero even as he switched sides and changed his principles because he is a coward who is afraid to die. Never mind that his followers die every day…they don’t matter. They are riffraff subhuman idiots who should die for their leader. 300,000 dead in the Lebanese civil war and not one investigation found someone guilty. The fat billionaire Rafik Hariri is killed and the whole world investigates and sets up a Special Tribunal. In Lebanon, we still live in the Middle Ages. Hariri and Jumblatt, among others, are living proof of that fact.