Elias Atallah, the head of the Democratic Leftist Movement, might just break the mold! He might just be running under the Maronite seat in Tripoli, and he is of course from the Chouf. No, he has not lived in Tripoli, is not a business tycoon there fielding social and economic support to its peoples, and is no Maronite representative of the city.
But we are seeing here the first glimpses of how Lebanon's elections should be under a non-sectarian political system, a unified electoral district and viable party structures with clear-cut programs. I am not claiming that this has happened yet, but just now the Opposition (or shall we say the Opposition of March 14th to be clearer...) might be rectifying the error of excluding an important component of the Independence Uprising and taking a first stab at showing the way towards change.
What makes someone agree to take such a risk? It is not about Opposition versus Loyalists anymore, as much as it is an agreement to set a new trend. I learned once that a leader is a person who takes a risk and heads towards the unknown before he calls on others to do so. Elias Attallah is that leader. I hope that we, and Tripolitans in particular, are able to see beyond petty electoral politics and grasp the meaning of such an action. And as Nassir Al-Ass'ad wrote (almost taking the words out of my mouth): Having representatives from a progressive, modern, non-sectarian movement, such as the Leftist Democratic Movement in Parliament at this crucial turning point in our country's history is an asset indeed.
"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."