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Friday, December 01, 2006

Lebanon, A real disappointment...

Rime Allaf, again, saying my exact thoughts. I think, the exact thoughts of all syrians who had sympathy for Lebanon. Who had sympathy for the Lebanese, and who truly believed in real freedom and democracy for both countries.

What if we go into mass hysteria when one of our leaders is killed, forgetting all our past criticism of him, living in denial about the state of our economy and foreign debt, and only remembering his multi-billionaire's vision of our capital's downtown? What if we lose sight of the values we fought for all these years when the unjust rulers ruled? What if our intellectuals, writers and activists all suddenly decide to ignore those who for years defended their cause and wrote about it at great risk to their personal freedom? What if we ignore a joint declaration they have taken great risks to publish in support of our cause, and look the other way when they are punished for it?

What if we begin to mix between people and rulers, and what if we start taking it out on poor workers, beating them, killing them, burning their tents? What if we start speaking of the rulers' compatriots, or co-religionists, as if they were to blame for our years of hardship? What if we start treating them all in one way (a bad way), forgetting that they suffered as much as we did from these rulers, even if they came from the same background?

What if we start doing what they are doing? I've always thought Syrians had learned from their neighbors (in Lebanon and now in Iraq) never to fall into the temptation to take revenge or to fight on sectarian or other God-forsaken terms. I'm not so sure, however, that the temptation to bicker stupidly and endlessly has gone; in fact, if there's anything our sycophants know how to do, it's waxing poetic about leaders and repeating useless slogans ad nauseam while the important issues are ignored. Imagine if they start using these "skills" to reinvent today's "responsibles" as tomorrow's visionaries, and if they start to fight one another and paralyze the nation ... now that really would be the end of us yet.

The full article, Here.

This was my comment there...
I was such a passionate supporter of the "cedar" revolution, [the people that is, never the warlords], and i argued so fiercely that they will chose a new lebanon when they get a chance, that they've been through civil war 3 times, that they've learned how to be lebanese, as opposed to sunnis, shiites and maronites. that democracy in beirut, that a real lebanese state will only push "reforms" forward in syria, whether the royal family liked it or not. that the racism we've witnessed the first months, is just an instantaneous thing, it's just a reaction. I even wrote how syrians turned "racist" against lebanese also. which i still feel, but that's way beside the point now..

The sights on TV, of people swearing to be lebanese and only lebanese, of this girl kissing the security guard who's supposed to be holding her off, so she couldnt get to downtown. brought so many emotions, I honestly believed, like so many others, that it would actually be the start of the end for the regime, at least as "regime".

but then there was the elections. were, all the criminals were "elected" now. to be politicians. that was the first blow...
and then, and then, and then... and not the least, the continuous disgusting racism against syrians, as a people, as a culture, as a country, and as an identity.

ur article just cried my heart out.

thank you, thank you. thank you.


Blogger Mustapha said...

your stupid corner is exactly that.

December 02, 2006 6:38 AM

Blogger Bint El Golan said...

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December 02, 2006 8:29 AM

Anonymous Sleepless and sober! said...

"NO! You are stupid, not me" seems the best reply someone like you, Mustapha, and Bint el golan can offer!
What was annoying this post Mustapha? That it did not smell of sectarianism and didn't mention the words "Sunni", "Shite",
"christian" every third word?Those words that you are more than obsessed with on your blog. Or maybe he touched one of the "leaders-saints" that you believe in? Really it's your replay to that post that is stupid, sorry!
Bint el golan, you don't even deserve an answer, I have read previous posts of yours, and one always gets the impression that you never read the post when you answer; you just have "templates" saved on your PC and you use them periodically, regardless what the whole talk is about!
Your replay just reminds me of those templates that you can find on a Nokia phone: )
So here is one for you:

I'm sorry, are you being "cute" or "smart" ?
Maybe dumb..

December 06, 2006 11:15 AM

Blogger Bint El Golan said...

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December 06, 2006 11:33 AM

Blogger Bint El Golan said...

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December 06, 2006 11:43 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ "Bint el golan"
Instead of posting comments then deleting them all the time. I'd recommend NOT POSTING THEM in the first place. That would spare you that wasted energy and would spare us the "sharpness" of your comments!
Thank you in advance

December 07, 2006 12:07 AM

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December 17, 2006 8:50 PM


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