We all know that the US supported (directly or indirectly) the Taliban in their fight against the Soviet troops and they turned out to be a threatening organization on a world scale. What went wrong is that the Taliban have an ideology that is not much in common with US society and interests.
The same happened with Saddam Hussein when the USA supported him (directly or indirectly) in his war against Iran to turn against him as soon as he invaded Kuwait and threatened other Arab oil rich countries.
During that same period, the US gave Syria free hands in Lebanon in exchange for its participation in the 1990 coalition against Saddam Hussein. But, then again, after the US freed Kuwait and ultimately invaded Iraq in 2003, the US is back dealing with long lasting issues of peace in the Middle East and Israel’s security. The US forced Syria out of Lebanon and is now applying pressure and isolating Syria’s regime.
There are many more examples around the world that would basically tell us that the fundamental differences will ultimately prevail even if common interests make two parties meet at one time or another.
What makes General Aoun the most controversial person in Lebanon’s history is his confused mind that mixes in the most natural way, simple political street matters with issues of a national dimension. He extrapolates genuine beliefs that are music to people’s ears, such a “transparency” and “fairness” and “clean hands” to an incomprehensible crisis (to any of us) of national, regional, and world repercussions.
And he goes along with Hezbollah trying to topple the government.
When I talk of Hezbollah I do not mean the Shi’a of Lebanon. When I talk of Hezbollah I make a parallel to the Talibans of this world and the fanatics and extremists whether they are Jews, Christians, Shi’a, or Sunnis fundamentalists. Hezbollah is an organization with an ideology that does not associate itself to modern Lebanon, period. So if today, you have a common street interest in joining forces with the Hezb, tomorrow as president of the Lebanon, you will be in the same shoes as the US in Afghanistan and Iraq and will be forced to defend Lebanon’s interests and identity.