"To the impartial eye, the world not only seems an unlikely one-off phenomenon, but a constant strain on reason. If reason exists, that is, if a neutral reason exists. So speaks the voice from within. So speaks Joker's voice." - Jostein Gaarder

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


"We are condemned to hope..."

Saadallah Wannous.

I know I am running the risk of being cursed by Wassim for over-quoting Saadallah Wannous, but that is exactly what I am feeling. What happened today, gives absolutely no real reason (especially if you look at the history of our Middle East) to be hopeful, be it the Syrian-Israeli renewed talks, or the "breakthrough" agreement in Doha. Nonetheless, it is sometimes necessary to take in, these very little shreds of hope, close your eyes, and think, just think, of a better day.

I, confirmed my flight to Beirut this August.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Palestine Day, May 15

أَنَا يُوسُفٌ يَا أَبِي.
يَا أَبِي، إِخْوَتِي لاَ يُحِبُّونَنِي،
لاَ يُرِيدُونَنِي بَيْنَهُم يَا أَبِي

يَعْتَدُونَ عَلَيَّ وَيَرْمُونَنِي بِالحَصَى وَالكَلاَمِ
يُرِيدُونَنِي أَنْ أَمُوتَ لِكَيْ يَمْدَحُونِي
وَهُمْ أَوْصَدُوا بَابَ بَيْتِكَ دُونِي
وَهُمْ طَرَدُونِي مِنَ الحَقْلِ
هُمْ سَمَّمُوا عِنَبِي يَا أَبِي
وَهُمْ حَطَّمُوا لُعَبِي يَا أَبِي

حَينَ مَرَّ النَّسِيمُ وَلاَعَبَ شَعْرِيَ
غَارُوا وَثَارُوا عَلَيَّ وَثَارُوا عَلَيْكَ،
فَمَاذَا صَنَعْتُ لَهُمْ يَا أَبِي

الفَرَاشَاتُ حَطَّتْ عَلَى كَتِفَيَّ،
وَمَالَتْ عَلَيَّ السَّنَابِلُ،
وَالطَّيْرُ حَطَّتْ على راحتيَّ

فَمَاذَا فَعَلْتُ أَنَا يَا أَبِي،
وَلِمَاذَا أَنَا

أَنْتَ سَمَّيْتَنِي يُوسُفًا،
وَهُمُو أَوْقَعُونِيَ فِي الجُبِّ، وَاتَّهَمُوا الذِّئْبَ
وَالذِّئْبُ أَرْحَمُ مِنْ إِخْوَتِي..

أَبَتِ! هَلْ جَنَيْتُ عَلَى أَحَدٍ عِنْدَمَا قُلْتُ إِنِّي:
رَأَيْتُ أَحَدَ عَشَرَ كَوْكَبًا، والشَّمْسَ والقَمَرَ، رَأَيْتُهُم لِي سَاجِدِينْ.
محمود درويش

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The World

China: 12,000 dead and counting in a 7.8 earth quake.

Burma: The Burmese government still rejecting aid while the death toll still rises from initial reports of 100,000. [I'm sure someone will come to their defense, I mean, I'm sure they are a victim of a biased western media, just because of their righteous anti-western policies, No?]

Meanwhile in Lebanon, Bush offers to extend help to the army so it can disarm Hizbulla [Reads: If you guys still need any help dragging yourself to full blown civil war, we'd be more than glad to help].

And personally, I refuse to be drawn into a game of "Either this, or that...", it is not either Hariri or Nasrallah, just like it's not either Assad or Bush. I'm very sorry for those marching armies of color-blind people.

Friday, May 09, 2008

The more accurate picture

I don't want to look at the bigger picture anymore, it matters very little when the smaller one is this dark.

All I can see right now is, Lebanese people shooting at other Lebanese people. All I can see is, people eager to start shooting, put up barricades, and split Beirut into "Manate2" [zones].

At this moment, I care very little whether this was orchestrated by the US, or Syria. Iran, or Israel. If I look carefully, all I can see is, Lebanese people shooting at Lebanese people.