Feels like a case of “Senpai Noticed Us” when Lebanese Americans (and Arab Americans) get excited because Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders tweets about the Lebanon uprising to express their support and their desire to help.
I’ll try to be succinct on this point: one of the worst possible developments that could happen to this uprising is formal (or informal) support and/or help by the US government or US government officials (and I just saw that a senior US official in the State Department also expressed support). We’re already hearing our corrupt Information Minister talking about “foreign agendas” and the oligarch controlled TV stations constantly asking whether “foreign hands” are at play. The truth is that US government support is the death-knell of any popular movement in the Arab Middle East. The vast majority of people in the Middle East do not trust the US government (and rightfully so). Even if their support was sincere (and people have every right to be skeptical about that), the road to hell is often paved with good intentions.
And to be clear, I’m talking specifically about the US government or people in the US government, not regular people. On the contrary, human to human solidarity in times like this is a must, and the outpouring of support from American friends has been very much appreciated.