Wednesday, September 28, 2005

The Youth Revival and the War On Terrorism

Two insights I want to share with you this day:

1) Thank you May, thank you! You have revived a revival, a youth revival and unity. Today student representatives of political parties across the spectrum have decided to gather tomorrow in Martyr's Square/Freedom Square at 6PM to say "Enough!" Amal, Hizbullah, LF, Future Movement, FPM, PSP, the Commoners Movement, and others, all have gathered and agreed on common denominators, agreed to carry one flag--the Lebanese flag.

What May is doing, the late Hariri has not done even. Is it all a show? Or are we seeing a genuine move?...To be seen. But there is hope.

2) Second, it seems that a new term has been coined in Lebanon which reflects our trying times at the moment--everyone is calling it now: The War on Terrorism. Interesting...This is all new.

PM Seniora today lashed out at Al-Manar reporter when the reporter talked about replacing a "wisaye" (tutelage) for another "wisaye". Seniora said that there is no "wisaye", that this is the era of when the Lebanese rule themselves by themselves. He added that we the Lebanese will win this war on terrorism and that he has been soliciting the help of Egypt, Qatar, France, the U.S. and the U.N. in the field of counter-terrorism. He claimed that terrorism is a phenomenon faced by countries way before we were struck by it.

So...we're in a war (even Pierre Daher of LBCI said it), a war on terrorism and we will win.

"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."


Anonymous said...

So...we're in a war (even Pierre Daher of LBCI said it), a war on terrorism and we will win.

I'd say that we won't lose

Lebanese Meze said...

I just hope the youth within Lebanon, WITHOUT embracing any politician, will march ahead and demand the changes we seek. This is a war on terrorism and also a war of liberation from our own past, I hope.

Robert said...

America is behind you.

Would you be willing to take Cindy Sheehan off our hands and give us the brave May Chidiac in return?

Anonymous said...

America coined the term "War on Terror" and many picture it as a War on Islam or an attempt to move to an imperial foreign policy. There are a few circles in Washington that I imagine have that view as well.

However, that is not what it is. The War on Islamic Terror is just a front in the War on Terror. Just look at the IRA's recent actions. The point is that it is time to universally recognise that the proper forum for change is through democracy and not violence. Even Che Guevara admitted that, "where a government has come into power through some form of popular vote, fraudulent or not, and maintains at least an appearance of constitutional legality, the guerilla outbreak cannot be promoted".

Maybe the Lebanese will finally understand this, but I doubt it.


Charles Malik said...

The Chidiac protest was actually very frightening and incredibly sectarian.
The LF and Phalange came out, but few others did. The most prominent other party was the Democratic Left.
See LPJ for my take on that day. it's anything, but not glorious.