Thursday, November 30, 2006

Khalleek Bil Beit

Nothing were more calming and reassuring this evening than the words of May Chidiac and our Prime Minister Seniora.

May Chidiac addressed a crowd of women, the most notable of which are the female members of those who have been assassinated during the past two years, in Bkirki. She asked that if those women attending know any member in their family or in their neighborhoods who plan to go to the streets tomorrow to ask them not to, because no one wants things to get out of control.

We tend to dismiss women and their power in our societies. It's sickening sometimes seeing men control the political scene and make or break a future of generations to come. Mothers play a major role in mobilizing their children towards a certain cause, towards a certain party affiliation, or towards a way of thinking and it doesn't need to be directly political, but can be social and societal which in turn shapes political orientation as youth become adults.

As for PM Seniora. His stand diffused tensions (at least for me), which is to let the demonstrators demonstrate; it's a democratic system, but any plans of overthrowing the government without resorting to the Parliament are unacceptable.

If I was back in Lebanon, I will take a stand by staying home. It's a new way of expressing one's political views: Khalleek Bil Beit! Staying home to avoid conflict, to let those who might be among the demonstrators and who are vying for conflict to seethe with pain because they won't be reaching their sinister goal. I'm trying to be optimistic; tomorrow might just be only one day of demonstrations.

The question is what if the demonstrations dragged on until the Opposition achieved its goal of toppling the government? This is where the worse case scenarios are invoked in my mind.

At any rate, our government, the government of the Second Indpendence (houkoumat al istiklal al thani) did not get a chance to achieve a sliver of what it wanted to. Politics, heavy politics (which included political assassinations and HA/Amal Ministers boycotting Cabinet sessions) superseded all other policy areas and then the July war broke out and it inflicted problems more than the government was able to absorb and process in a short time period.

The government had a difficult task to achieve which is defining for the country a new paradigm to operate within, yet a paradigm that preserved the spirit of the Taif Agreement . So far, all parties involved failed to reach a consensus. But PM Seniora did mention in his speech today that dialogue was a challenge, as the other side when not agreeing to a proposal would immediately resort to threats, intimidation, and accusations of acts of treason.

I believed Seniora when he said today that he is not the type to seek power or domination, nevertheless he will not relinquish his responsibilities as a Prime Minister. He would step down if the Parliament rescinded its vote of confidence in the government, but right now, he's defending the Istiklel and I am with the government.

The demonstrators tomorrow might not know that by doing everything under the sun to topple this government they are handing a victory to the Syrian regime which is ready to use this upcoming disturbance to justify the need to have Lebanon return to its sphere of influence (because we are brutes and we don't know how to handle governance independently). But again, some of the demonstrators do not mind that at all.

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


Anonymous said...

I don't know. This whole "not doing anything" is not gonna work anymore. It's been 2 years of being blackmailed by Hezbollah. They've already said they were going to continue these protests until the government falls.
Nasrallah's said before that he will bring down this government at "any cost". I take that to mean more than peaceful democratic protests.

I say it's time to call it like it really is: A coup. And take out the trash. Arrest these traitors and throw them in jail. Declare marshal law. Just do something.

I don't understand why you still think that these people will just go away if we ignore them. They started wars, brought destruction on our country, and have continuously obstructed every piece of progress the country has tried to make over the past 2 years. At what point do you stop turning the other cheek? Before you know it, you're going to wake up in chains and wish you'd acted sooner.

(When i say "you", I don't mean Doha specifically. Just the general you)

AM said...

I am with the government too, however, I have to agree with BV that the lame position of the government dealing with trash is not doing anybody any good and is definitely not doing the country any good.

' the other side when not agreeing to a proposal would immediately resort to threats, intimidation, and accusations of acts of treason ...'
Isn't that typical Lebanese? heh.

Liliane said...

I totally agree with AM. inno arrafouna, kil ma y2oulo la2 byenzalo fiyoun accusations w threatening, how is this not terrorism!

I am starting to think we shouldn't just be quiet when it comes to hezbollah. They keep threatening us and trying to rule us. I stand corrected when I ever believed that Hezbollah was trying to defend Lebanon while it was only trying to ruin it!

Akid I am against (as doha put it) inno anyone goes down there and makes problems with Aounist and Hezbollah... we will give them today, we will give them the weekend. But as god is my witness, I will not shut up about Hezbollah until they kill me. I am sick and tired of them threatening us and trying to ruin Lebanon. W aounist can't see this, i can't believe it!

Sorry for the snapping hehe, Peace :P

Arabgirl said...

I'm sure you all remember the famous March 8th 2005 demonstration.
'Shoukran li souryia, shoukran li souriya el-assad' -Hassan Nasrallah. And the Karami government at that time bragged about the huge turnover (1 million I think they said). It's the same crowd you see today that was against Syrian withdrawal. But guess what happened? March 15th and then Syrian withdrawal.
It's OK, as our beloved Saniora says, let them demonstrate... At the end of the day, they will go back home...And Saniora's government will stand tall and proud.

Arabgirl said...

turnout I meant :)

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