posted by Eve @ 1:30 AM
Yes!Great to hear this!Thank you Eve :)
Hi, just wanted to share with you this new definition I found at a word-specialized website (http://www.worldwidewords.org/turnsofphrase/tp-ced1.htm) that is constantly updated with neologisms. The cedar revolution rules!:) CEDAR REVOLUTIONThis is the most recent example of a type of labelling invention that is becoming common. The earliest of this set was velvet revolution, referring to a non-violent political revolution, especially the events leading to the end of communist rule in Czechoslovakia in 1989. We have recently had, among others, the rose revolution in Georgia in 2003, the orange revolution and chestnut revolution, both in Ukraine in 2004, and, briefly, the purple revolution, which referred to Iraqis who raised their purple-stained fingers to show that they had voted in their country’s recent election. Cedar revolution refers to opposition to the Syrian presence in Lebanon; it appeared in early March 2005 in the US State Department’s publication Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2004, in reference to the famous Biblical cedars of Lebanon, which are also featured on that country’s flag. The trick is showing signs that it may achieve the level of overuse and triviality of the infamous -gate suffix, since recent examples have not referred to revolutions but to political opposition or demonstrations of public opinion, albeit ones with political consequences.Syria remained silent about the downfall of its puppet government in Lebanon yesterday after Prime Minister Omar Karami was brought down by people power—dubbed the Cedar Revolution.[Liverpool Daily Post, 2 Mar. 2005]The moment is starkly symbolized in Lebanon. Street protests in Beirut are being called the “cedar revolution”—cedar for Lebanon’s emblem, with echoes of Ukraine’s “orange revolution” and other uprisings in Eastern Europe.[USA Today, 7 Mar. 2005]
"...since recent examples have not referred to revolutions but to political opposition or demonstrations of public opinion, albeit ones with political consequences."Methinks this is misunderstanding of the word "revolution". Lebanon is definitely in revolution. Just like the Information Revolution or saying that America is in constant [sometimes slower, sometimes faster] state of revolution. Lebanon is in state of transforming itself. What Lebanon will actually transform into is not known: scary to some, interesting and hopeful to others.The theme of the movement is to know the truth about the killing of a well known, and respected opposition leader which triggered this "event". The other theme is to continue what Rafik Hariri was working towards: getting Syria to stop occupying and interfering in internal Lebanonese politics so that Lebanon can a truly free and independent nation. But it is much more than just this, it's a fundemental change in how Lebanonese related to themselves. They were required to unify as a people, this unification and the dialogue is changing Lebanon- that is the revolution, that is what is scary and wonderful. What will grow in this fertile soil?
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