Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
WHY DID LEBANON’S [PRESIDENT] AOUN SAY [HE] FOUND HARIRI HESITANT ABOUT BEING PM?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
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Your question is a little late. Hariri has already stepped down.
Lebanon PM Saad Hariri no doubt feels his life is in danger. For one thing, Hariri’s father Rafic was assassinated in 2005 in a plot that had Mossad’s fingerprints all over it, but a UN judge, under the heavy-handed influence of then UN ambassador John Bolton, a rabidly pro-Israel Neocon with an irrational hatred of Assad, decided the assassination was probably done by Assad. The investigation was hugely biased. Israel — which one year later, in 2006 — virtually obliterated Lebanon, was treated as a witness instead of a suspect. There are several other reasons why this whole affair stinks to high heaven.
Firstly, Rafic was no longer PM at the time of the assassination. He had been out of office the year before it and therefore presumably had little to no political influence. Further, he was a friend of Assad’s father Hafez. It is absurd to think that a Muslim Arab would betray his own father, with whom he had an excellent relationship, by murdering his friend! This definitely was a cooked up story that was part of the still-ongoing attempt to overthrow Bashar al-Assad.
The Hariris were Saudis and the Kingdom had reportedly kidnapped Saad Hariri in December of 2018 while he was visiting there, during which time he publicly resigned as Lebanon’s PM. There had been some sort of spat with the royals. However, he later resumed his duties as PM and stated he had not been kidnapped in Saudi and also claimed Lebanon-Saudi relations “couldn’t be better.”
Hariri had very good relations with Putin, and under his watch, Lebanon had accepted a gift of Russian made ammunition, but under pressure from the US, the ammo was earmarked for the ministry of the interior instead of the defence ministry. Therefore, it is crystal clear that the US is not happy with the Lebanese government, which has not bowed deeply enough to the hegemon.
There is no point in trying to predict what will happen next.
However, it is fair to assume that, as in the UN investigation of the Rafic Hariri murder, there is US skulduggery involved in the current Lebanese protests and in Hariri’s latest resignation.
In fact, no one can be faulted for suspecting US meddling in all the protests around the world, where the protesters are mysteriousl.