Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Afraid To Demonstrate

So the March 14 Forces met in the Saifi Kataeb office this evening. They asked all March 14 supporters to attend en masse the late Pierre Gemayel's funeral on Thursday.

If I was back home, I would be reluctant to take part in the demonstrations on Thursday, for the fear things might just become violent. Things are not the way they were two years ago; now the situation is like a pressure-cooker, just ready to explode if given the chance to. The animosity is no longer entirely directed towards the Syrian forces, but now it's directed towards the other Lebanese.

Will the Lebanese be able to overcome the pressures and head out to demonstrate peacefully? I can feel the cry: Enough is enough. But as I wrote before, this tribunal when passed will become a milestone in the history of the Middle East. And I can totally understand why perhaps some regimes around us might see it disadvantageous to have the tribunal process move ahead and might just pull the plug on us and watch Lebanon return to chaos.

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


cfw said...

ugh. i am grappling with this, too (but in the non-theoretical sense, for better or for worse). i've already made about a million promises that i'll stay safe/out of trouble, so it would take some sneaking around to attend the funeral. and it seems the likelihood of violence is high. if anything were to happen to me, i'd never forgive myself for causing my friend and family further pain.

at this point, however, i'm inclined to go (though i'm sure i'll be constantly reassessing over the next day and a half). this is a time for courage. if we're actually committed to the future of the country, shouldn't we be willing to take risks?

in any case, we'll see. ugh!!!

Anonymous said...

Is someone looking for another civil war? Perhaps it's the ones that don't value human life, are better organized and are directed and supplied by Iran and Syria.

nasbined said...
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nasbined said...

shlemazl you need to be more subtle about your propaganda after your kind did such an obvious false flag operation.

Israel decisively lost to Hezbollah so you expect the Lebanese to do a humiliated Israel's dirty work?

The Lebanese people recognize their true enemy is the zionist entity that occupies Lebanese land, that brought a holocaust to the Lebanese people this summer and values the lives of a 1000 Lebanese as less than 1 Jew.

nasbined said...

How typical, the "greatest army" in the Middle East can't defeat a militia of Leb peasants on the battlefield so the Jews resort to assinations, incitement, subterfuge and propaganda to attain their goals for bloodshed in Lebanon.

Solomon2 said...

Doha, Nasrallah spent yesterday being quiet. Very quiet. The assassination attempts happened a day after he told his followers to be ready to act at 6-12 hours notice. So everything is now ready and there isn't any need for Nasrallah to say anything other than "go" when he deems his time is right - sometime in the next few hours or days.

If the March 14 crowd is too intimidated to demonstrate in large numbers, won't that just encourage Nasrallah? It is natural to be afraid in the face of danger. That shouldn't necessarily stop you from doing what has to be done.

Anonymous said...

Somehow, i want to warn evryone in libanon not to take the bite.
From what i read, the tensions in libanon have been rising.

Ofcourse it is mostly due to the limited ways lebanese opinions are represented. But that is always and everywhere.

As long there are leaders, and in the case of libanon that seems the same as it is in israel for hamas,
there will be leaders acting in the interest of the leader-class.

The real art the populations have to develop is then the art of anti-violent protest.
However if even that is not possible..
Who is to blame?

I think the leaders. Wich means there is never a reason for civil war. You will be a victim of the victims of another leader, in such a situation. All that may come from that is more bloodshed and more responsables going untried.

Especially in the middle east it is the priority people don't start fighting another. The only one that wins when arabs fight another,
can be their opressors.

As a result of this way of thinking i think libanon should have elections. However since most elections are not transparant, and largely influenced by media and money, even that seems no big help.

So the people of libanon will need to organise autonomously, it seems, to have their say.
See where it is heading? It adds up to that i sympathise with hezbollahs attempt to have more say in the government.

The contrast with the wishes of capitalist and their (mass) media
is plain.

I am not stupid, i don't think it is a coincedence. The capitalist circuit is doing evrything to drive lebanon into a civil war.

Don't let it happen, every innocent drop of blood will make the problem bigger. And the capitalists are the only ones who win. (that they experience this nauseating effect as winning is sad of it's own accord.)

boykot their products and their mentality of consumption and exploit, it helps every bit you can. It is not very easy anywhere to change things.
Not easy here in netherlands, where the right(wrong)wing protofassists,
destroy tolerance and equality too.

(its not even easy to voice your opinions. )uncensoreddutch.blogspot.com

Walid said...

Maybe someone somewhere out there is looking for a civil war, but I tell you millions of us in Lebanon are afraid the a civil war is looking for us. We need to hide. If you want to protest the performance or ethics of the government, just stay at home - three days of general strike bring down a government. And if you want to keep things moving in the direction they are moving, just go to the office and do your job. What could be easier?