I felt frustrated, ashamed and furious yesterday when I saw what happened during the riots, the riots for expressing the “rage” of some Lebanese! During the ” day of rage” as it was called by some people.
Destroying the live press car of Al-Jazeera?!
New TV, girl being beaten and intimidated?!
By whom? The political party or force that usually claims the state of Law? The so called “ democracy”?
The state of law I live for, advocate for, and hope for? A state where the balance of things is equal to all?
The army not doing anything to stop the masses from burning a building where the press was trying to hide in?
A press-car, Burned and Destroyed?
Lebanon was always known for its Freedom of EXPRESSION and thought!!!
Sectarian banners again? Friends tell me, that this is Not true!!! Shiia/ Sunni? No way…I totally refuse such an equation! Such sectarian talk! And sorry for the word: Rubbish! I thought that we can all have new banners: ACTING FOR DOWNING THE COST OF FUEL AND MAZOUT, for people to be able to go to work and be productive, for people to be able to have a little warm house!! (Little because house prices are Exorbitant!) …
My right for a State of Law where citizens are equal!
New Banners like: My Right for Clean Water, Full time Electricity, Free Education, and Free Hospitality! in the 21th Century!
No, what I heard yesterday is totally different, I Heard a call for a “Person” and not for a Campaign, If I’ m wrong correct me.
People saying “Hariri or No one?!” What?!
Please tell me that I was having a bad dream!
I heard an MP, on Al Jazeera, telling the anchor that this was a political message to the opposition and Mikati the Prime minister who was chosen by 68 Members of Parliament in Lebanon.
Dear MP: A political message is a message we give using political tools? Or is it a message we give through violence? throught threatening the citizens, telling them the Economy will go more down, the Financial system cannot afford losing Lebanon’s Foreign friends?! Are those Lebanon’s friends, or some people friends? Please do tell me that when the People of a Country, the Tax Payers, do help us after a war, they are helping the People of Lebanon and not some People in the political sphere, for them to remain in their positions and seats!
A political message in a state of law, is given by telling and pushing people to burn Tires?ARE YOU SURE?
I saw women, and Men doing it! No gender differences yesterday! Good point hein!?
Men and Women in the streets, can’t you write petitions? Can’t you Light Candles? Can’t you try to write letters, and Articles in the press, Maybe take action and steps permitted by the Consitution, or Law of Law, instead of acting like … I can’t even tell whom, or what!? There is a way called peaceful collective actions, Gene Sharp talked about it, I discussed it in my book about the 14 of Marc 2005. Can’t you read it?
A political message, by Burning the garbage tanks? ! Poor Sukleen, and burning Tires? Poor the Green Lebanon and the Cedar Country! Am I the only one who thought that there is Enough pollution in Lebanon?
Am I the only one who thought that I DO NOT WANT to take any party,
That my country can live without a person, but not without its INSTITUTIONS? Not without Civil Peace? Not without “alternance” in the political sphere?
Am I the only one who prefers to have a country living from its own productive sectors and not because we take projects and we take funds from foreign institutions?! Iranian , Arabic, European, American, and others?
I was not the only one telling Stop, I took this post from Afif’s blog, I hope you can read it, and react to it too!
“Another post that I find myself writing out of surprise and out of being ashamed of my fellow Lebanese.
For years now those in government, have been talking about democracy, about the rule of law, about using institutional channels to work rather than going on the ground, burning tires, closing roads and threatening. I sincerely supported them in the concept of rule of law and all that( though I do not support them in their political views, neither support the other side for sure)
Yet, at the slightest chance of threat to lose their positions in government through the same democratic and institutional patterns, they lose their logic and sense and then directly head to the streets.
Those same politicians who have been warning the Lebanese from any sort of chaos and street fights just few days ago…are now calling on their supporters to go to the street, to block roads, burn tires and participate in showing their “rage” (according to one of their spokesman’s choice of words).
I wonder if any of our politicians (from both sides) and their supporters (and I stress on supporters because I don’t blame the politicians as much as I blame those who vote for them!!!) have any sense of logic and honesty. Any kind of values and principles to live by and look up to…
I sincerely, honestly, deeply feel ashamed of those Lebanese who are cheering for this party or that. I pity those who are actually answering the call to go to the streets, those puppets that easily get exploited by the politicians to provoke chaos in our beloved country.
I dare you to say ENOUGH! Enough hypocrisy! Enough bullshit! Enough spreading fear amongst our streets and homes! ENOUGHHH!!”
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