Today's Future TV news broadcast included a speech by Saad el Hariri that called on all Lebanese to reclaim their streets. I am not confident that the turn-out in the one-year commemoration of the Hariri's and Fleihan's assassination will be high. The "village Sunnis" are terrified because of the state clampdown on their Achrafieh rampage. The Maronite wounds may not have healed. Hizballah and
Yet I have hope.
Some of March 14’s old voices have resurfaced. Bahia el Hariri, for example, spoke for the first time in several months; and her voice sparked a little flame in my heart. Amin el Gmeyyel gave an inspirational speech to followers that called on them to take back the initiative and forget the wounds of the past. The
All these factors combined may serve to bring the Lebanese street back to life. The March 14 Street. The Street that calls for
7urriyeh, Siyadeh, Isti2lal!
Those words may echo in
Addendum: Fellow blogger, Firas, has just informed me that Saad el Hariri has returned to Lebanon to lead his father's one-year commemoration.