According to reports, the Shiite militia is purchasing food and medication from Iran in a bid to keep the economy afloat and the Lebanese public quiet. But a local journalist says it will not silence the Lebanese.
The month of Ramadan has been a challenge for many Lebanese. Food prices have gone up, unemployment rates remain high and many people continue to struggle with poverty on a daily basis.
In fact, the situation has become so acute that recent reports suggested that Hezbollah, a Shiite militia group that holds seats in the Lebanese parliament, has stepped up preparations for a possible state collapse.
Preparing for Doomsday?
According to those reports, the group is expanding the ration card system, stores fuel and imports such basics as food and medications from Iran, preparing for what’s believed to be even tougher days ahead.
Mohammed Kleit, a Beirut-based journalist and a political activist, who has been monitoring the situation closely, says that Hezbollah-controlled areas have seen an influx of Iranian products in recent weeks, something that has already stirred controversy. It has also split the already-divided Lebanese society.
Yet, as always, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. Although Hezbollah is probably using the food subsidies as a PR campaign for Iran, the group’s reliance on the Islamic Republic is understandable.
With the currency crashing and food prices rising 400 percent, the supply from Iran is needed to keep the economy…