The Lebanon Street

11 01 2008

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Let me set a scenario. If someone one day took your iPod away from you and you tried to negotiate with him to return it to you and they promise you that you will have it back in 14 days. After this time limit expires, you ask for it back but you gain no reply. Then some months later, after continuously trying to convince the thief to return your iPod and they either don’t respond or refuse to do so, and after reporting the incident to the police they also do not respond, you decide to take matters in your own hand.

So one day you creep into this persons house and take your iPod back, but they notice. The thief tried to attack you but in the process you end up giving them a slap and running away back to your own home. The next day, they approach you with another person, who is supposed to be your friend too. The thief punches your face blue, and your friend decides to not stop the fight but rather fuel it by giving the thief a knuckleduster and a knumbchuck to beat you up with.

Would you, as a sane person, ever talk to that ‘friend’ who had just betrayed you so brutally?

In Lebanon, March 14 consistently takes it upon itself to beg for friendship from the American Bush Administration. This alliance has destroyed Lebanon more than any battle or war could have in a very long time by terminating all official relationships with the Syrians, whom are Lebanon’s only Arab neighbour – whom also make up one of the two bordering neighbours Lebanon has.

They have also isolated themselves from the only country who was willing to supply the national resistance with arms and finances to protect Lebanon from the Palestinians in the 80’s and force an Israeli occupation. All this happened while the so-called ‘international community’ stood idly by not uttering a word of defiance against Israel in fear of isolation or being called Anti-Semitic. By this I do mean Iran.

The Lebanese governmental leadership has effectively joined the ranks of the most unpopular, hated and pathetic Arab leaders to have ever been known. This includes the Likes of both Abdullah kings of Saudi Arabia and Jordan, Hosni Mubarak and the countless Emires that follow them.

What most people don’t realise, or simply ignore, is that the people who today form this alliance are not young, handsome and enthusiastic politicians leading the wave of revolutionist tendencies among the Lebanese constituent, but rather they are the very same faces seen in the same government that Lebanon has had in the decades that preceded the Cedar Revolution. They are the same corrupt, power-hungry, blood-thirsty, Lebanese-killing, sectarian war-lords and politicians who ruined the country in the first place.

Do not get me wrong, I am all for a Lebanese government who is friendly with the Western world, I do not believe a negative in another shade of gray constitutes a positive. At the same time I believe Lebanon can not afford to have this relationship at the expense of entrenched ties with the Eastern world.

Lebanon is too small and fragile a country – and Arab at that – to be forming alliances between competing regional powers. The best option is to remain neutral. This is where March 8 (the opposition) starts making sense.

The opposition proposes that both faction be represented equally in government. That way, Lebanon will truly become neutral. Lets suppose the ‘US-backed’ March 14 and the ‘Syrian-Iranian backed’ March 8 both have sitting representatives in the government. Any US initiatives will be blocked by the March 8 side and any Iranian or Syrian initiatives will be blocked by the March 14 bloc.

It is a shame to see a revolution as popular and wide as the Cedar Revolution go to waste and be dumped just like that into the dustbin of history.

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