I heard on the news today that the Opposition has renewed its efforts at reaching out to Berri and Sayyid Nasrallah, despite Sayyid Nasrallah's apparent disagreement on many issues that the Opposition espouses. I ask myself why? Well, because I believe that, and it has grown stronger with the first steps that the Syrian forces have taken towards withdrawal, do not want war. I'm serious and I can sense it despite the hundreds of miles that separate me from beloved Lebanon.) The Opposition's tireless attempt at dialoguing with Hizbullah has made me steer away from a dark thought I've been housing inside me for the past two days, especially pursuant to Sayyid Nasrallah's interview with Al-Manar, that we might be heading towards the abyss.
This whole Lebanese political arena, makes your hopes spike in extreme directions: one day optimistic, the other weary and afraid. But let me share with you my thoughts that I recorded yesterday. I didn't have time to enter them into the blog due to work.
"I listened to Patriarch Sfeir talking on a Kalam Innas interview on LBC. What he said was so full of logic--Why would Hizbullah keep arms while other parties are denied? The state should be the only entity that has the legitimate right to bear arms. Hizbullah is respected, is not a militia or a terrorist organization, but of course if the state is to assume sovereignty, there's no need for a military wing to Hizbullah. They'll become a political party, which they are, and continue providing indispensible social and economic support to their constituencies. He also added that Lebanon is not able to fight for the liberation of Palestine. If Lebanon is liberated, then there is no need for an armed resistance outside of the realm of the state (for God's sake, King Abdullah of Jordan proposed on the Arab League agenda to include a proposal to naturalize relations with Israel.)
Anything wrong with what the Patriarch said? I truely subscribe to his stands; they are logical, if logic is subscribed to in politics or political discourse. I'm afraid that it has become more and more apparent that Hizbullah's disarmament will wreak havoc in our country. The Syrian presence is not an issue anymore; they're withdrawing and will continue to do so. So it's Hizbullah, the next contentious issue on the Lebanese agenda. They will not disarm. And why would anyone want to lay down arms when they're at the peak of their power and popularity? I'm starting to be afraid...afraid that the army would be forced into an unwanted confrontation. Dialogue--they've been talking about dialogue, dialogue about what? The Opposition claims Hizbullah's disarmament issue is Lebanese. Hizbullah on the other hand does not want to give in to the Lebanese will. They're afraid of giving in, just like how the Opposition will not give in to joining Karami's government for fear that its demands would be up for a vote and negotiation. So I don't know where the dialogue will lead..."
"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."